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Christmas Has Entered The Building!

Snow Time!,Rocking Dog

Snow Time!

The Kennel has had its festive magic wand waved over it. There is snow, there are carrots, doughnuts and gherkins. There are Putz houses, concertina paper trees that incidentally have seen much better days, a legless half century old fairy and baubles a plenty.

It seems such a short time ago that Christmas last tumbled down from the attic, and then I vaguely remember we did a second Christmas in February! No wonder my enthusiasm for ornamentation, embellishing and frou’ing is slightly lack lustre this Christmastime. I need a magic wand waved over me to get topped up on Christmas spirit ( and not of the yummy G & T variety that I quaffed whilst making my second batch of mince pies ). Maybe I need to just overdose on YOU KNOW WHO for a while!

There are few “new” decorations to report and just a rejigging of the “old”. There are hundreds and thousands sprinkled doughnuts and glittery glass gherkins suspended above the dining table and THOSE carrots have arrived back in the kitchen. There is my £5 Ikea plastic tree, unusually for me a themed affair with animals. Charity shop zoo and farm animals were put through the dishwasher before finding hiding places amongst the branches. There are animal baubles and felt Wire Fox Terriers. A tree for little Doug’. Meanwhile there is an old French bottle dryer which has been hung with a plethora of brightly coloured vintage baubles and a string of fairy lights. Voila indeed!

The real tree was bought from Frenchay Forestry (the small Hambrook out-post) who know I love a lame duck! I like to save a tree that was destined for a bonfire (a rogue branch, no show branch, a lack of symmetry etc..). This years is a beaut’, thank you to the lovely Mancunian father and son team who spend long cold nights for three weeks or so in a rather basic caravan. Hot mince Pies winging their way to you this morning to warm your cockles!

In between frou’ing I have been making preserves for my Pop Up on Sunday. I have also been making some rather strange cushions. Inspired by Andyman’s sporran I have made some tartan cushions with leather sporrans … strange but true! They are my “Our Friends From The North” range.

Cards posted tick, house decorated tick, presents bought & wrapped partial tick. As for the food that’s a completely different matter! How are your preparations going?

Festive greetings to one and all x

PS Message for Gina my mince pie count currently stands at 11 dozen and i’m not fed up just yet, though I do smell like a mince pie!


Bauble Boxes,Rocking Dog

Bauble Boxes

Bottle Drier Dec's,Rocking Dog

Bottle Drier Dec’s

Old Bulbs,Rocking Dog

Old Bulbs

Tree Frou,Rocking Dog

Tree Frou

Legless Fairy,Rocking Dog

Legless Fairy

Doug's Tree,Rocking Dog

Doug’s Tree

The Carrots Are Back!,Rocking Dog

The Carrots Are Back!

Sewing &....,Rocking Dog

Sewing &….

...Mince Pie Making!,Rocking Dog

…Mince Pie Making!

Rocking Dog Still Pickling and Jellying!

Getting Pickled!, Rocking Dog

Getting Pickled!

Rocking Dog is making the most of the crab apple harvest. Organically grown crab apples have been cooked with cider vinegar and rosemary. The pulp is now being allowed to drip slowly, slowly, slowly through a jelly bag. Juice extracted, the mixture will be returned to the pan and sugar will be added. Voila – jelly will be produced. I think it’s going to be a glorious colour. The jelly would be wonderful served with lamb and a great alternative to mint sauce.

Another batch or two of pickles will be cooked up and then it really will be time to Frou the kennel. Thankfully we don’t need to go far to buy a tree and mistletoe. How nostalgic it would be to pull the tree through the snow on a sledge. I know i’m a sentimental old fool!

There will be some wonderful apple juice for sale on Sunday. Produced by the boys with the gorgeous Mr McGregor style vegetable patch, the juice is made from old apple varieties. Buy some for Christmas for those souls who are driving. They will certainly not feel shortchanged.

Crab Apple Harvest,Rocking Dog

Crab Apple Harvest

Jolly Lids,Rocking Dog

Jolly Lids

A Little Reminder From Toby & Mrs Mac

Toby & Mrs Mac Warmly Welcome You, Rocking Dog

Toby & Mrs Mac Warmly Welcome You

Yes, A Little Reminder From Toby & Mrs Mac regarding Rocking Dogs Sale which is happening this Sunday 11-2ish. They would love to see you. Bless them they have a brilliant viewpoint from their lofty mantlepiece spot. However, they are slightly disgruntled by the amount of Christmas Crud crammed on their home turf. Life certainly feels more overcrowded. You may remember how Mrs Mac got her name – her script tells us -she is a present from Fleetwood!

So in short, lovely Rocking Dog sewn items to buy, a few bits of furniture to relocate to new homes, truly delicious homemade cakes to stash, vintage table linen etc.. and lots of Christmas slush!

There will be space to sit around the kitchen table to eat cake, enjoy a coffee or mulled drink and have a natter! All profits from refreshments will go to Young Carers.

Parking – The White Horse Inn is sadly currently unoccupied, I suggest parking in their car park and then walking the short walk down Mill Lane to Christmas madness!

A warm welcome awaits you- see if you can spot Toby and Mrs Mac in Christmas crudville.

Look forward to seeing you. Liz x

PS. If you haven’t purchased your Christmas tree yet- there are some great places to buy one close by.

Festive Hosiery, Rocking Dog

Festive Hosiery

Holiday Essentials, Rocking Dog

Holiday Essentials

Rocking Dog Banners, Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog Banners

Still Advent Time, Rocking Dog

Still Advent Time

Wrapping Essentials, Rocking Dog

Wrapping Essentials

Beautiful Bags, Rocking Dog

Beautiful Bags

Witness Decoration Addiction!, Rocking Dog

Witness Decoration Addiction!

Meet Real Live Rocking Dog, Rocking Dog

Meet Real Live Rocking Dog

...And Eat Lots Of Cake!, Rocking Dog

…And Eat Lots Of Cake!

Grinched Out!- R.D. Christmas Decorates.

1960's Christmas Tableau, Rocking Dog

1960’s Christmas Tableau

Rocking Dog is well and truly Grinched Out! Enough, Enough Now!

PS. After going missing last Christmas Zac is Back! Sure the girls will be pleased to see you Zac.

Rocking Dog Christmas Sale 11-2 Sunday. Proceeds from delicious refreshments to Young Carers.
Please contact me if you would like further information. Lots of…..……!

Let It Snow!, Rocking Dog

Let It Snow!

Wash-Tub Tree, Rocking Dog

Wash-Tub Tree

Shimmer & Shine, Rocking Dog

Shimmer & Shine

Cake Frou, Rocking Dog

Cake Frou

Mince Pie Anyone?, Rocking Dog

Mince Pie Anyone?

Polar Bear Prowl, Rocking Dog

Polar Bear Prowl

Naive Nativity, Rocking Dog

Naive Nativity

Baubles Galore!, Rocking Dog

Baubles Galore!

Zac's Back!, Rocking Dog

Zac’s Back!