Sunday Sunrise

Sunday Sunrise

We've just enjoyed this amazing sunrise – we love waking up to views like this! The sunrise just kept on getting better! Enjoy your Sunday!

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Sunday Sunset

Sunday Sunset

I took this photo yesterday evening (if you can call 4 o'clock in the afternoon evening!) Sunset is so early at the moment…only a few more days to go until sunset starts getting later again! It was a beautiful day yesterday with clear blue skies all day. This photo was taken over Spinney Lake, another lake on the Lower Mill Estate where Daisy Chain is. Enjoy your Sunday!

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Bath Christmas Market

Another insight into the amazing Christmas market that is being held in Bath at the moment – it's on until Sunday so well worth a visit if you are in the area!

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For more information http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk

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Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market

Often named one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, Bath Christmas Market sees the area between Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths transformed into a magical Christmas market. It is certainly one of the prettiest, arranged in front of the floodlit Abbey. More than 150 traditional beautifully decorated wooden chalets line the streets selling high quality artisan products. Everything from handmade Christmas gifts to decorations, food, toys and festive drinks. The market supports local businesses with over 70% of the traders coming from the south-west.

The market is on until Sunday 14th December – head over and enjoy picking up a few Christmas gifts in a amazing setting.

For more information http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk

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The Artisan Kitchen – delicious preserves handcrafted in Gloucestershire

The Artisan Kitchen – delicious preserves handcrafted in Gloucestershire

Multi award winning Artisan Kitchen is a wonderful company making delicious preserves the old fashioned way. Their jams are homemade in small batches in a large copper pot in the heart of a small Gloucestershire kitchen. But that hasn't stopped them making a big splash in the world of jam making – their preserves are even stocked at Selfridges. This year Great British Food Magazine has recommended their Blaisdon Red Plum Jam as an alternative to Cranberry sauce. They write, "It might seem a bit odd using a plum ham with savoury food, but the sharp tangy flavour of Heritage Blaison red plums is a perfect match for Roast Turkey."

Tempted? Head across to http://www.theartisankitchen.co.uk/ to find out more and to order yours now.

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Sunday Sunrise

Sunday Sunrise

A glowing orange sunrise from the nature reserve where Daisy Chain is for you this morning (not taken today!) It looks like we might see more sunshine this week than last week! Enjoy your Sunday!

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Organic Farm Shop near Cirencester

Organic Farm Shop near Cirencester

The Organic Farm Shop can be found just outside Cirencester. It is a social enterprise business and is the perfect shop for people who care about animal welfare and ethical business. There are no supermarket perfect identically sized carrots here – rather expect a wonderfully varied mix of wonky vegetables with organic soil still evident. The organic farm grows fruit and veg, produces beef and milk, cheese, yogurt and butter. And there is a restaurant too – producing delicious genuinely home cooked food. Local producers are
also celebrated – from Stroud Brewery to Gibson's Organic. The team also run courses and workshops ranging from cheese and breadmaking to willow and textile workshops that would make a fabulous Christmas gift.

For more information visit http://www.theorganicfarmshop.co.uk/

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Secret Cottage Tour of the Cotswolds

Secret Cottage Tour of the Cotswolds

Do you look at pictures of cosy Cotswold cottages and wonder what they are really like inside? Would you like to step back in time and sit by an inglenook fireplace and have a taste of English country life? You can. Becky Simpson, who has lived in the Cotswolds for over twenty years runs Secret Cottage Tours You can spend a day with Becky having a taste of the Cotswolds that you can't gain from tour guides.

Morning coffee and pastries are served at her stunning 16th century thatched cottage before she takes you out on a bespoke guided tour seeing honey coloured limestone cottages, parkland, historic manor houses and ancient churches. You then return to Becky's cottage where you can enjoy a generous lunch. Then it's off to explore once more – houses, farms, gardens, wells, streams, fords and village greens are all on the itinerary. And then you return once more to the cottage for the only way the day can be ended – a traditional Cream tea with home-made scones and jam served in fine bone china.

For more information visit http://www.cotswoldtourismtours.co.uk/

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Short-Eared Owls

Short-Eared Owls

Unlike many other owls, short-eared owls can often be seen hunting during the day as well as at dusk. They have very good sight and hearing which is good enough to locate a small mammal in the undergrowth. Short-eared owls are medium sized owls with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and yellow eyes. In winter there is a migration of short eared owls into England from Scandanavia, Russia and Iceland. There were sightings of Short-Eared Owls this weekend in Cotswold Water Park. This amazing photo was taken by local wildlife photographer Phil Cull – thank you for allowing me to share it Phil.

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One of the best places to see Christmas lights in the UK

One of the best places to see Christmas lights in the UK

The Bird and Deer Park at Prinknash has been listed as one of the top five places to see Christmas Lights in the UK by Huffington Post. The park is famous for it's wildfowl and at Christmas they put on a spectacular light show flooding the park in coloured light. If you've never seen a pink swan gliding by this is your chance!

As well as the lights, Santa will be visiting, and children will be able to see him in a beautifully decorated grotto. There's also a Nativity Scene and creative activities for children to enjoy.

This special Christmas event is on each weekend in December and from 19th – 24th December.

For more information visit http://www.thebirdpark.com/

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