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November 5, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Huge Christmas tree & Apley chestnuts

2014-10-27, Chestnuts 2014-11-05, Christmas tree in Apley Courtyard 2photoWhen miss a few days on my blog, you can tell things are going a bit crazy ! Today, our huge Apley Estate Christmas tree has been installed & Apley chestnuts are in the Shop ready to be roasted & enjoyed with mulled wine & Julie’s Apley minced pies.

Jason has kindly been doing the fiddly bits with twisted willow & hazel, creating decorations for the Courtyard, which I’m sure will be glittering by Saturday night. This year they’re almost 100% recycled & natural – we’re using existing flower stands, pine cones, ivy, boxes from the Shop wrapped beautifully by Katy, hanging from the ceiling over the delicatessen counter. In the meantime, Katy’s Aga baking some oranges for me, which may add a Christmassy fragrance, along with the cinnamon sticks.

Children from Hope House Children’s Hospices will be coming at 5.30pm to switch on the lights as we launch our Christmas season. Then Lottie’s charity fashion show runs 6.30-7.30pm (tickets £4.95 from her website or shops). Santa’s grotto will be open from Advent Sunday, when we will hold our Christmas Food Fair, 10-4pm.

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