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The Reader’s 12 Days of Christmas

In which I have another shot at ruining 12 days of Christmas, as if I haven’t already done that enough …

December Means Books: A 2022 Reading Round-Up

A round-up of my reading in 2022 in characteristically disorganised but enthusiastic style, featuring pandemics, big bad wolves, and not-vampires.

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A Festive, Dragonish Short Story Read-Along

A short festive tale from the world of Beaufort Scales and Toot Hansell, featuring dogs and dragons and a little too much mulled wine …

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You Better Watch Out! (A Christmas Short Story)

A short Christmas story involving elves, Santa’s workshop, and some festive rebellion …

A Gift List for Book Lovers

A Gift List for Book Lovers

It’s that time of year again. When we sit up in the morning, look at our phones and go…

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Rose’s Rom Truffles – A Toot Hansell Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for no-bake run and raisin chocolate truffles that also make fantastic gifts.

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree – a Toot Hansell Christmas story

Was there some sort of official scale for these things, from harmless eccentricity to “call the care home”?

Apple & Olive Oil Better-the-Next-Day Cake, recipes

No-Knead Festive Bread – Cranberry, Wensleydale, & Walnut

I shall place a disclaimer here and point out that I do know it’s still November…

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Orange & Cardamon Celebration Cake

So I’m calling this a celebration cake rather than a Christmas cake, both to…

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Gifting Ourselves Self-Care at Christmas

Lovely people, the regular readers among you may remember a similar…