As the sun set over Croome, coloured lights shone on the Adam Speaks Tree House art installation. The project paid tribute to the influence designer Robert Adam had on the estate. But the beautiful landscape combined with the colours of nature seemed to insist on a nod to Capability Brown. The Adam Speaks project The project began with a search for an emerging artist. Under the guidance of national artist Hew Locke, the successful applicant would create an exciting new artwork. The theme would be the influence that Robert Adam had on Croome. The estate itself is developing according to…

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It was a big risk. Nowhere local seemed to sell a star costume for the nativity. I could have kept on looking, but instead I resorted to Amazon. Today, it paid off. A parcel arrived and I knew before I opened it that it was the star costume. Brilliant, nailed it. Back in the real world… Feeling slightly smug, I opened the package to put it in Libby’s bag for school. But wait, why was it red? I looked at the label. Elf costume. I opened my emails to find one from the Amazon seller. “It’s possible you may have…

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This is a collaborative post. Picture the scene. It’s Christmas morning and Santa has delivered the gift at the top of your child’s list. After months of waiting, they can’t stand the anticipation anymore and rip open the box to turn it on. And then begins the struggle to get the thing out. Eventually, once scissors and Stanley knives have done their job, it’s out and you’re ready to play. But wait, something’s wrong. No batteries. Carousel by Tesco It’s a familiar scenario in homes around the world. Any number of sharp implements are needed to uncouple toy and box.…

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Welcome to the latest Family Travel Tips linky. Well, it’s happening. It’s time to dust off the advent calendar and dig around in the loft for Christmas decorations. We’ve already been to two Christmas events and we have lots more lined up. What have you been up to over the past couple of weeks? I look forward to reading about your family travel and days out – festive or otherwise! Featured posts I have been jealously admiring Instagram photos from my chosen post for weeks. So, I was delighted to see Go Live Young linking up their post about visiting…

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Entering the great hall was a breathtaking moment. Even for those who have seen it before, this year is special. From November 2017 to January 2018, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour is transformed into Hogwarts in the Snow. For the first time ever, the Great Hall is decorated as it was for the Yule Ball. And it’s beautiful. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Your Christmas decorations will instantly seem rubbish Are you proud you are of the way your home is decorated for Christmas? Be prepared for a disappointment. You will NEVER do the festive season justice again…

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