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SPRING WAS SO NEARLY HERE - March 2018

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SPRING WAS SO NEARLY HERE - March 2018

SPRING WAS SO NEARLY HERE - FEBRUARY 2018 Last weekend it really seemed like spring was here - dainty little snowdrops, the first daffodils, and shoots appearing all over the garden ... and now the Beast of the East has arrived and it is all change. Until today we had got away with it here in Oxford but as I am writing this the snow has started to fall and everywhere is turning white. At times like this I can understand people asking me why we came back from Spain! Despite plummeting temperatures outside all is good here at Fino HQ...

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Winter Warmers and 15% off - December 2017

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Winter Warmers and 15% off - December 2017

Winter Warmers and 15% off - December 2017 Winter is now officially here, and when I see the lights on this house each year I know that Christmas not that far away. They never fail to make me smile so I had to share them with you! I hope for your sakes that many of you are more organised than me – it always amazes me that I am at Christmas fairs solidly for 3 months in the run up, yet I still get to the week before Christmas and think HELP! If you are still looking for inspiration then maybe a Fino...

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Harvest Time - October 2017

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Harvest Time - October 2017

Last night I walked outside at about 8pm and was completely spellbound by the most beautiful full moon. I don't know if any of you saw it but it was amazing. Listening to the radio this morning I learnt that it was The Harvest Moon, which traditionally marks the time when farmers begin to gather their crops for the winter, using the extra bright light to extend their working day.  An interesting fact for the day, and it was pretty special to see too! On the theme of gathering crops, there is nothing better than "home grown" fruit and veg - sadly we don't grow any vegetables at home,...

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Simple Things are often the best - August 2017

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Simple Things are often the best - August 2017

SIMPLE THINGS ARE OFTEN THE BEST - AUGUST 2017 I have just returned from a charity trip to Kenya where I was one of a group running a week long summer camp for hundreds of children, in one of the many desperately poor communities around Kisumu, near Lake Victoria. I have been there before but even so I found it shocking seeing how they live – their homes are tiny mud huts, often dilapidated and with no electricity, hunger and dehydration are not uncommon, their clothes are generally threadbare, and many of the children have no shoes yet they often have to walk miles to get to school. Interestingly, and possibly because they...

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Scorching weekend ahead! - June 2017

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Scorching weekend ahead! - June 2017

Scorching weekend ahead - June 2017 I was amazed when I realized that it has been nearly three months since I last sent a mailshot, but I seem to have been very busy one way or another. Our building project at home has finally finished and it is so great – I am loving the new kitchen, and my Aga  - I thought I'd share a pic! When I last wrote we were just heading off to Cuba, the land of music, salsa and mangoes.  Then in May we had Lizi’s 21st, and a surprise trip to Morocco.  So spoiling!  High points of...

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