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  1. I absolutely adore the Wrendale designs - I think Hannah Dale is brilliant and produces some wonderful designs.

    And I was browsing Amazon tonight - as you do - and was amazed to see the mug designs Wrendale mugs now include!

    I knew there was Wrendale hedgehogs, ducks, geese, Wrendale hares, dogs, cats etc.  But what I didn't know was that there are other wildlife mugs - covering wildlife such as the orangutan, panda, elephant, toucan, flamingo, giraffe etc.  So here are just a few Wrendale designs to show you!

    There's an Orangutan Mug  An elephant mug
    Pretty flamingoes There's also a beautiful toucan
     Gorgeous Koalas!  There's a panda mug, too!
     A touching giraffe mug Or you can buy six Wrendale mugs!


  2. I've recently discovered the website TravelZoo, and wow, what an amaizng site!

    They are a travel, entertainment and local deals provider so if you're looking for a deal for a holiday, or a day out,or something to do, they are a good place to start.  They have deals all over the country and as a garden lover, I was very excited to find that they have quite a range of offers for gardens to visit and in many cases, that includes homes as well!

    For instance, today I was digging around and unearthing some great offers for gardens, and some will be known to you perhaps such as Hatfield House in Hertfordshire whilst others may not be known to you.

    The deals for visiting gardens fall under the section for Things to do which itself has deals for Spas, Restaurants, Getaways and Entertainment and Activities.  Look under the Entertainment and Activities section and that's where you'll find all the deals on entry to gardens.  

    I find that the site is very well laid out, and each deal seems to be explained very well. 

    The most popular deal at the time of writing covering the gardens bit was actually Entry for 2 to the Country Estate and Gardens, Hatfield House:

    Hertfordshire: entry for 2 to country estate & garden

    Hertfordshire: entry for 2 to country estate & garden  

    - £22.00 - that's 42% less than usual!!

    £12.50 – Castle Howard: entry to house & gardens

     Castle Howard (Yorkshire): entry to house & gardens
    £12.50 – saving you 35% -  for one adult or concession

    Castle Howard has featured in a number of films and television shows, including the 1981 and 2008 adaptations of "Brideshead Revisited" and "Victoria" (2016)

    Entry for 2 to Hestercombe House & Gardens nr Taunton

    Entry for 2 to Hestercombe House & Gardens

    nr Taunton - JUST  £12.00 - saving 41% on the normal cost

    So you can see there are some great savings to be enjoyed, and great days out to be enjoyed too!   There are a lot more gardens with offers on so do dig your way over to Travelzoo and see what you think!  

    There's nothing like strolling around a garden with a family member or friend and just drinking in the glorious sights, or exploring a house and imagining what it would be like to live there!

    Visit TravelZoo's Entertainment and Activities Deals

  3. Those fabulous people at Picniq.co.uk (who have lots of amazing offers) have a deal offering up to 31% off tickets to Kew Gardens, Richmond!

    Up to 31% off tickets to Kew Gardens with Picniq.co.uk
    Up to 31% off tickets to Kew Gardens with Picniq.co.uk 

    The world famous botanical gardens at Kew make up the largest UNESCO World Heritage site in London!  Highlights include The Hive (a multi-sensory immersive experience highlighting th secret life of Bees), The Treetop Walkway (18 metres above the woodland floor, enabling you to enjoy an incredible view across the gardens) and Palm House.  Palm House is a living lab;  it recreates the climate of a rainforest so that tropical plants from some of the most threatened environments on earth can thrive.

    Palm House has earned the status as the World's most important surviving Victorian glass and iron structure.

    Also, don't miss the Great Pagoda and Temperate House - the latter is home to a rare collection of temperate zone plants.

    So there's plenty to see or do and you can enjoy up to 31% off at the same time!  I am not sure when this deal finishes, so don't hang about!  And please read Picniq's Important Information and T&Cs before you take advantage of the deal.

    Incidentally, if you've ever fancied a private tour of Kew Gardens, you could do this through gift experience company Red Letter Days who have this experience for £100 for two people - the tour lasts an hour: Kew Gardens Private Guided Walking Tour and Admission for Two



  4. Looking through the catalogue for Scotts of Stow which came with some magazine or other, I loved the look of this very pretty Portmeirion® Botanic Garden Lavender Jug.   Portmeirion® products from Scotts of Stow

    Scotts & Stow's catalogue says it has deep violet-blue spikes of lavender with flitting butterflies, and it’s a glazed earthenware jug 20cm high.   It’s also dishwasher, oven and freezer safe.  

    You could use it as a jug for lemonade outside in the summer or Pimms, come to that, or have it in the house with lovely flowers in.   The design is part of Portmeirion®’s Botanic Garden range, first introduced over 45 years ago.  The jug has classic English country garden flowers – Lavender, and it’s sprinkled with butterflies and the range’s trademark green leaf border. Looking at it, I could almost feel myself in the garden pouring a Pimms or lemonade from it!  

    When I went through to the Scotts of Stow website and searched up Portmeirion®, I was absolutely amazed at the range of products you can buy in that range, with everything from mugs and bowls, plates and glasses, tea-sets and jugs, coasters and placemats – it was quite something and so very delightful to look at.  I quite lost track of time as I browsed through the range.

    Anyway, if you want to take a look for yourself, here’s the Portmeirion® range from Scotts at Stow – happy browsing! 


  5. The RSPB has just launched Gola Rainforest Chocolate.

    It’s made from sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious cocoa.  And it’s grown in the shade of forest trees by communities living around Sierra Leone’s Gola Rainforest National Park.

    It’s really important to help farmers earn a living without encroaching on the rainforest.   Local farmers are farming in ways that helps forest wildlife.   Many endangered species live in the forest, such as pygmy hippos, forest elephants, chimpanzees and over 300 bird and 600 butterfly species, so it’s a very important hotspot for biodiversity.

    The RSPB has been working with local partners on a sustainable management model for the Gola Rainforest. 

    Gola Rainforest Chocolate

    Gola Rainforest chocolate
    £3.49 from the RSPB's Shop
    There's dark chocolate and milk chocolate!

    The chocolate is made from bean to bar in Cornwall in the UK.  Profits from the chocolate are reinvested into the Gola Rainforest Cocoa Project.  The farmers are thus rewarded for their role in protecting the rainforest and the wildlife living there.  And importantly the chocolate is palm oil free!  

    You can help protect wildlife, help the RSPB work with local partners and help local communities earn a living without encroaching on the rainforest by buying this chocolate as a gift for someone, perhaps an animal lover!

    Fly off to the RSPB's Shop to find out more!