The Christmas lights at Mousehole are a Cornish institution now being in their 50th year! It was all started by a local artist called Joan Gillchrest whom, in 1963 decided to run a string of Christmas lights along both quays in the small fishing village of Mousehole, in order to make it look a bit more festive. Since then the display has grown and now uses an incredible 7000 bulbs, inexcess of 5.5 miles of cable and has an…

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  Who doesn’t love a Mince Pie at Christmas? I consider every day in December that I don’t consume one, a massive failure. I’m going to share my favourite recipe with you so that you can make your own Ultimate Mince Pie. Mr Kipling, eat your heart out… Mince Pie Ingredients Plain flour (370g) Butter (80g) Lard (80g) Salt (Just a pinch) Water (chilly) Mincemeat (580g) Milk (just a touch) Icing sugar (for decoration) You Will Also Need: 6cm Cutter…

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  This time of year is cold. Especially so if you are a surfer. The sea is cold. The wind is cold. The rain is cold. Everything is cold (even the inside of your van)! That is why you’d be crazy to go into the water at this time of year without a hood. It’s said that around 45% of your heat is lost through your head, so without a hood you are going to get some serious brain freeze!…

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  Cold winter’s nights are the time for snuggling inside with some hot, homemade, delicious comfort food. When it comes to this genre of food, apple crumble reigns supreme. I also call this particular recipe Crumble Apple as the emphasis is definitely on the crumble (that is the best bit) and not as much the apple. I started off with a fairly standard Apple Crumble recipe, greedily doubled the amount of crumble and then made a couple other modifications. With…

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  Today I want to take this opportunity to debunk a cliche. You always here people talk about the unwanted Christmas present. There are loads of familiar items: Cosmetics Christmas jumpers Novelty gifts & Puzzles Socks I’m sure there are plenty of people who have received these items and not wanted them. However, that doesn’t mean that they are always poor presents. I’ve been thinking and have worked out why those presents are sometimes unwanted. The big reason why anyone…

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  This is a great gift for any surfer or water sports enthusiast. A hooded changing robe is the gift that keeps on giving and everyone needs one in their life! Basically it has two great benefits: Number One It keeps you warm and toasty. In the cold bleak winter the worst thing about surfing is getting changed in and out of your suit. This simple invention makes changing a breeze and lets you get into your warm and snugly…

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  Have you heard of the City of Lights? Basically every year in Truro, at the start of the Christmas season and the week before late night shopping starts, there is a parade through Cornwall’s great city. Children from Schools and other organisations make massive lanterns in all shapes and sizes and parade them through the city accompanied by marching bands of different styles. This year there was a great selection of giant lanterns, some of which were even articulated…

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  This week has brought two big signs of the cold: Number one – I lit the first fire of the season in my house. Number two – I scraped ice from my vans windshield for the first time this winter. I have been wishing I was an Arctic Fox. Bit random I know but let me explain: When winter time is coming the Arctic Fox adapts, it changes from a chocolaty brown to a snow white colour. Not only…

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  As an outdoors man a quality waterproof coat is right at the top of things to own. I’ve recently upgraded to this Karrimor Elite Alpiniste 2 eVent Jacket and wanted to talk you beautiful people through what to look for when choosing a new waterproof jacket. I’ve chosen this one as it fulfills my three main criteria for keeping dry and comfortable, even if it’s raining sideways. Not only this but it’s well fitted and looks smart. Waterproof –…

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  With the sun going down at just gone five each day, there isn’t much day light anymore. This makes me sad. Cosy evenings are pretty much the only upside to this. I’ve recently been stocking up on new clothes for the winter season. Something I got this week that I’m already madly in love with, is this pair of Heat Holders from Sock Shop. They are the ultimate thermal sock and are rated at 2.3 togs, frankly I didn’t…

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