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“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”
~ Marjorie Holmes

Orange is very much a Christmassy scent. It’s the smell that mingles perfectly with the fresh pine of a real Christmas Tree. The smell that wafts across the air when you wander around the Christmas markets (unless you’re wandering near the public toilets).

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I recently started following Clare Manson on wordpress, a wonderful cook and photographer from deviantART. She posted a tutorial on how to make Orange Slice Christmas Tree decorations. You can find it here.

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Before I did the sliced decorations though, we spent a good while trawling around the supermarkets in aid of finding some whole cloves. If you pierce an orange with millions of cloves it will give off the most fantastic scent – the orange and clove mix together nicely to create a warm cinnamon Christmas smell. Eventually we found some and did some voodoo sticking. The smell is incredible!

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I may well have burnt my oranges just a little bit (oven was too high!) but they still turned out fairly well. Next year I will be investing in a drill to make holes in cinnamon sticks so that they can be threaded on too. Suffice to say I will no longer be paying an extortionate amount of money at a Christmas market for some dried out oranges on string! DIY all the way…

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1pano

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley

If you’re reading this, then you made it through 2012 and the world didn’t end. With just a few more hours left of the old year, many will be fretting over those bills they didn’t pay, those things they didn’t do and the people they didn’t make amends with because 2013 will never happen. It’s true, there are many who thought like that! Regardless though, 2012 is almost done and we did it!

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I thought it would be fitting to round of the year in celebratory style. Rest assured, it’s not yet eleven am and I didn’t drink the contents of the wine glasses, promise! I’m seeing in the New Year by going to watch Life of Pi at the cinema. I hope that whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, the start to the New Year is a great one for you.

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I have nothing more to say other than to borrow the words of Neil Gaiman and give you his thoughts on the New Year, because they echo mine..

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

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