We LOVE a dried wreath here and it turns out… YOU DO TOO!!!!

We’ve noticed over the past year whether dried or fresh there is a real trend starting to occur here in the UK to pop a wreath up on the door… NOT just at Christmas time, lovely as that is – no, it’s all year round and on all kinds of doors.

There are many theories about the symbolism for door wreaths, some religious and some pagan– to ward off evil, eternal life, for remembrance etc.

If you have an idea for a wreath for your door – kitchen, bathroom or bedroom we can match in with your colour scheme just let us know what you would love and to choose from our range check them out and order today xx
VIEW OUR FULL RANGE HERE!

Win A Personalised Organic Cotton Cushion! (Worth £40!)

Our range of personalised embroidered cushion covers make excellent Wedding and Anniversary present, or a fun Birthday present for friend or family. Each cover is embroidered to order on one of our organic cushion cover’s which are all made in our exclusive woven or printed designs.

Beautifully finished with a concealed zip at the bottom they are fully washable. Every cover comes with a plump Duck feather pad that is made here in the UK.

All the lucky winner has to do is decide what phrase you would like embroidered on your cushion, choose from 3 different fonts and we will do the rest 🙂

The winner will be contacted by email after 28th February 2019.

Enter Here https://www.cottageinthehills.com/competition.php

Why not try something new this year with a fab Flower Workshop?

As we all get a little bit older we tend to look at life from a different perspective… We don’t need lots of stuff… in fact, we often need very little… Our focus is on experiences – a lovely meal, friends and family, a trip or holiday… If you know someone who has everything they need but would really enjoy a day in the floristry we have a range of workshops where not only will it be a lovely few hours – the company and cake will be lovely. Think informal learning down on the farm, and even better you get to take your own creation home to admire and love.

Upcoming Workshops from The Great British Florist

Our Workshops take place at Lower Blakemere Farm, in Blakemere (Halfway between Hereford and Hay-on-wye), Herefordshire. We have ample parking and will provide tea and cake. We run courses from our stable building which has been lovingly converted into a classroom/ floristry. You can also purchase flower directly from us after the course as well as browse a few of our products.

If you are looking to select a specific flower workshop as a
gift simply order one of our workshops below (we will post a voucher to your recipient and also book them on the workshop) or if you would like your recipient to be able to choose their own workshop please order our Flower Workshop Voucher HERE

2019 Workshops

DIY Wedding Flowers – 23rd February 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm 
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/diy-wedding-flowers-workshop-feb.html

Spring Flower Wreath – 9th March 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm 
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/flower-wreath-march.html

Spring Posy – 4th May 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/posy-workshop.html

DIY Wedding Flowers – 29th May 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/diy-wedding-flowers-workshop-may.html

Dried Flower Posy – 29th June 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/dried-posy-workshop.html

Win A 3 Pack of Comfort Goat Socks from Wiggly Wigglers (Worth £47.50!)

What could be better than a pair of Goat Socks? Well, a pack of three pairs of Goat Socks of course! Plus the lucky winner can choose any three colours they like!

Wiggly Comfort Goat Socks have a cushioned sole and a reinforced heel. The stretch ribbing gently grips the leg and is topped with a lightly elasticated welt.

These are for people who want a sock that gives the comfort and protection of a cushioned foot along with extreme durability. A firm favourite with ramblers, tennis players, farmers, runners, thatchers, scrap metal dealers or just for wearing as house socks.

68 percent Mohair for warmth and comfort, blended with 28 percent nylon. Wash at 40 C, the instructions say do not Tumble Dry in bold text, but Heather has tried it, and they lived to tell the tale!

Goat Socks are made in the most part from mohair which is one of the most versatile textile fibres.

Many of its characteristics are similar to wool, but a key benefit is that it is finer and does not have the microscopic scales that make wool itchy, which is much better for those of us who are have sensitive skin. Mohair is warm in winter as it has excellent insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant and crease resistant. a luxury fibre, like cashmere, angora and silk, the raw material is more expensive than most wool.

If you’re not feeling lucky you can still purchase your own on www.wigglywigglers.co.uk

The winner will be contacted by email after 31st January 2019.

Enter Here https://www.cottageinthehills.com/competition.php

Ordering Festive Flowers + Gifts – Everything you need to know!

When you order from The Great British Florist you can choose the date of delivery so if you’d like to send a Christmas posy – order now and choose the delivery date near to Christmas – we suggest Tuesday 18th would work really well so they can be enjoyed in the run-up to Christmas.

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The last guaranteed despatch date for festive flowers for Christmas is Thursday 20th December but I would choose a day or two before for comfort. Orders have to be here by 12 noon Thursday 20th December but don’t leave it until the last minute… We are a farm, not a factory and if we have sold all the mistletoe and despatched all the holly we won’t be able to magic up more – we may be good but not that good!

The last guaranteed despatch date for any Cottage in the Hills order is Wednesday 19th December for delivery on the 20th.

After Christmas, you can choose to get orders delivered between Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th December and then our first delivery day after New Year will be Thursday 3rd January.

Order your Organic Homewares for Christmas here https://www.cottageinthehills.com 

Order festive flowers from The Great British Florist here https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/christmas.html

Flower Workshops – A Christmas gift for the person who has everything ☺

As we all get a little bit older we tend to look at life from a different perspective We don’t need lots of stuff… in fact, we often need very little… Our focus is on experiences – a lovely meal, friends and family, a trip or holiday… If you know someone who has everything they need but would really enjoy a day in the floristry our sister site The Great British Florist have a range of workshops where not only will it be a lovely few hours – the company and cake will be lovely. Think informal learning down on the farm, and even better you get to take your own creation home to admire and love.

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The way to ensure your loved one has a brilliant day is to buy one of our workshop vouchers so that they can choose the type of lesson they will enjoy and fit it in with their schedule in 2019. There are 5 to choose from already listed here https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/flower-workshops and more to follow.

2019 Workshops

*NEW* DIY Wedding Flowers – 23rd February 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm 
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/diy-wedding-flowers-workshop-feb.html

*NEW* Spring Flower Wreath – 9th March 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm 
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/flower-wreath-march.html

*NEW* Spring Posy – 4th May 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/posy-workshop.html

*NEW* DIY Wedding Flowers – 29th May 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/diy-wedding-flowers-workshop-may.html

*NEW* Dried Flower Posy – 29th June 2019 – 10.30am until 12.30pm
https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/dried-posy-workshop.html

Workshops usually last about 2 hours and all the materials and flowers and foliage are provided. Literally, all the person has to do is turn up in good spirits and ready for their creative juices to start to flow! I hasten to add for all the workshops (except those listed as advanced) ABSOLUTELY no experience is needed and complete beginners are welcome.

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What could be better than this as a present for a friend or member of the family.

https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/flower-workshop-voucher.html

​We LOVE Festive Posies and Bouquets from The Great British Florist!!

What could be nicer than giving a lovely, hand-tied arrangement of fresh blooms to a lucky loved one? Packed with all sorts of seasonal loveliness and designed in our farm floristry by Kat we will add blooms and foliage to make sure each bouquet is completely unique… 

Each one comes wrapped in tissue, a small amount of cellophane and is perfectly packaged in our gift box with a festive card and message of your choosing!

Now, WHO wouldn’t love a natural bouquet of Blooms delivered to their door this Christmas?

All Posies and Bouquets are pro-British, this means that they all feature British Flowers or Foliage (or Both). Each arrangement will be stamped with how many British stems they contain.

To top it all off, this year we’ve redesigned all of our festive arrangements to feature more flower stems than ever, as well as a greater array of different blooms.

View their full range of fabulously festive Posies and Bouquets Below!

NORDIC CHRISTMAS BOUQUET – FROM £45

https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/nordic-christmas-bouquet.html

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NORDIC CHRISTMAS POSY – FROM £35

https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/nordic-christmas-posy.html

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TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS BOUQUET – FROM £45

https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/trad-christmas-bouquet.html

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TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS POSY – FROM £35

https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/trad-christmas-posy.html

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WILD HARVEST CHRISTMAS BOUQUET – FROM £45

https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/wild-harvest-christmas-bouquet.html

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If you want your arrangement to look it’s best for the big day we suggest Tuesday 18th would work really well so they can enjoy them in the run-up to Christmas. Our Last Guaranteed Delivery Date for Christmas is Thursday 20th December.

VIEW THE FULL RANGE OF CHRISTMAS FLOWERS HERE

https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/christmas.html

Win an Organic Cotton Utility Bundle! (Worth £38!)

If the kitchen is the heart of your home the utility area can often be the engine room. So being organised and having cleaning products that make your chores easier is key.

The winner will get a bundle including; a pretty ironing board cover that will brighten up wash day, a cute peg bag so you can keep your pegs handy and bag store to hide away the clutter; all in one of our stylish organic prints.

The winner will be contacted by email after 31st December 2018.

Enter Here https://www.cottageinthehills.com/competition.php

Why we prefer organic cotton here at The Cottage in the Hills

We are old enough and wise enough to know there are always compromises with everything us humans do on the planet, but in particular conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop in the World. The estimations are that in fact 10% of the world’s pesticides and 25% of the world’s insecticides are used on just this one crop. If this is anywhere near correct this is a huge ratio. We’ve been to see the cotton farms in Tennessee where they were using a biological control to sort out Bol Weevil but as yet only 1% of all cotton grown is organic which needs to be addressed for all sorts of reasons including the fact that organic cotton uses far less water as well.

Order from our range of lovely Organic Cotton Homewares here cottageinthehills.com

Why Everyone Should Love Baking With Kids

A Guest Blog from the lovely Martha from Send Cake

As the weather turns cooler, wetter and windier, we look towards cosy indoor activities to keep our little ones entertained. Home baking sessions always sound like such fun… or do they?

I suspect most of us have fond memories of baking as children – I know I do, whether it was caraway cake with Auntie May, turning leftover pastry into scrumptious jam tarts with Mum or tucking into the Belgian buns Dad brought back from the shop with the paper on a Saturday morning. There’s such a sense of family, community, conviviality around the shared experiences of baking (and eating) together which entirely reflects what I am trying to recreate at Send Cake!

However, as busy parents with hectic lives and too little time in the week to get everything done, the thought of getting out the baking equipment can feel rather daunting sometimes. Our newly tidied kitchen, engulfed by clouds of flour, gritty sugar spilled over everywhere (how does it get into all the corners so quickly?), sticky fingers all over everywhere… if the very thought of baking with children has you reaching for last year’s sloe gin (too early for this year, sloes need a frost first), then do not despair.

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Never work with Children or Animals: especially after a long day at school!

Think instead of delicious aromas, the fabulous sensory experience, even the weighing and measuring Maths practice. Remember those lovely moments from your own childhood, the closeness, the amazement as your batter turned into the chewy delight of a crisp-topped brownie, learning to follow a recipe, discovering that your mum could crack an egg with one hand.

It’s time to embrace rock cakes to crack your teeth on, celebrate the pancake sponges and bring on the grey pastry I say! Baking with kids is about creating those magical moments with them, for them to look back with the same fondness you do on your own childhood memories, building family, community and conviviality. To get you started, here’s a recipe for my childhood favourite, jam tarts. So get stuck in…I dare you!

Ingredients:

150g plain flour, plus extra to dust

1 tbsp caster sugar

80g chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1 medium free-range egg yolk

12 tbsp jam

Method:

  1. Sift the flour into a bowl with the sugar and a pinch of salt. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Using a knife, mix the yolk and 2-3 tbsp ice-cold water into the dough until just wet enough to come together into a ball. Knead briefly until smooth, then flatten into a disc. Wrap in cling film. Chill for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a 20p coin, then cut out 12 rounds with an 8cm fluted cutter.
  4. Put the rounds in a non-stick patty tin. Drop 1 tbsp jam into each. Chill until ready to bake.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the pastry is cooked and the jam bubbles. Remove the tarts to a wire rack.

The delicious Send Cake offers Mail order baking, made simple. Freshly baked cakes delivered to your door. Celebrate special occasions with UK delivery. https://send-cake.com/