Traditions from Christmas Eves past
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1w ago
With the most wonderful time of the year almost upon us, we thought it was time to bring The Larger Dumpy Books for Children: Holidays and Happy Days (1901) out for a read. We hope you enjoy the following extract from the book, which offers a fascinating insight into the Christmas Eves of times gone by.  Of all nights of the year there is not one that is more anxiously awaited by young people than the night that precedes Christmas. Then begins the great festival of the year; the festival in honour of the birth of Christ; the festival that reminds us of the Child born in a manger, of the s ..read more
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Chocolate panettone pudding
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1w ago
Got more panettone than you can shake a stick at? We have the ideal (and most delicious!) solution for you. Introducing chocolate panettone pudding, a seasonal twist on the classic bread and butter pudding. This recipe can be prepared 24 hours in advance and popped in the oven half an hour before you want to eat it. It makes the perfect addition to any festive feast. Serves eight. Ingredients 600g panettone (roughly one large one) 275g plain dark chocolate, broken into small pieces 725ml whipping cream 165g caster sugar 125g unsalted butter 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 6 tablespoons rum (opti ..read more
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Insight into a horticultural trainee at Winterbourne
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1M ago
It is a well-known fact, that the horticultural industry has a skills gap and finds difficulty recruiting younger people into the trade. One of our main ambitions is to help support and promote horticulture as an exciting and rewarding career, and hopefully make a positive impact towards eroding this looming gap holding back the wider industry. One of the ways we do this is through our incredible horticultural education programme which sees dozens of students graduate each year with Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 and 3 qualifications. The second way to help achieve our ambition is by pr ..read more
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Education in Paris
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1M ago
These days, education can be an international affair. The University of Birmingham attracts around 10,000 international students from across the globe and with plenty of study exchange opportunities, students can discover a different academic environment and immerse themselves into a completely new culture. This cosmopolitan approach to learning is nothing new. After the Nettlefolds’ eldest daughter Evelyn had completed her education at Edgbaston High School, she was sent to France to pursue further education.  Her letters from Paris give us a fascinating glimpse into the journey of a y ..read more
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Gain a certificate in Garden Design
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1M ago
Regular readers will know by now that we run accredited RHS courses. But did you also know that we offer our very own Winterbourne certificate in Garden Design? Created by Rudge Wood Horticulture CIC, the curriculum will give new learners the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skillset to transform any outdoor space. Our Learning Officer, Eleanor Hill sat down with course instructors, Darren Rudge and Helen Wood to find out more. EH: You both have years of teaching experience and already run your own garden design practices; what made you want to combine those two areas and create a ..read more
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Recipe: Rich fruit cake
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1M ago
Make Christmas a one to remember with this classic Mrs Beeton recipe, the perfect centrepiece for family festivities. Serves: 10- 12 people Preparation time: 1 hour plus overnight soaking Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes Ingredients 500g mixed dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, and currants) 50g homemade candied peel, chopped 50g glacé cherries, halved 115g flaked almonds 60ml brandy 60ml sherry 1 lemon, finely zested 160g softened unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 160g soft brown sugar 1 tbsp black treacle or molasses 3 medium eggs 3 tbsp milk A pinch of salt ½ tsp ground mace ½ tsp fresh ..read more
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Quick and easy masala lamb chops with spicy rice
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by marketing.admin
2M ago
Nothing warms the cockles on a cold October evening like a bowlful of comforting spice and flavour. This month’s recipe, brought to you by Naresh from our extended Visitor Experience team, goes out to all the red meat lovers out there that like their lamb served with a good chilli kick!  This dish is extra tasty with salad and a dollop of Greek yoghurt on the side. Serves four. Ingredients 4-5 lamb chops 3 mixed peppers, roughly chopped 3 onions roughly chopped and 1 onion sliced 5-6 green chillies, chopped A small block of fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves of garlic 2 fresh tomatoes ½ tsp tu ..read more
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5 must-have items for any gardener
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2M ago
Every gardener needs the right kit. And no, we’re not just talking about tools; we’re talking wardrobe essentials and more! Head Gardener Dan reveals his must-have items that allow him to get the job done, no matter what the task or weather. I recently read an article asking different gardeners what they wear when they’re gardening. Long descriptions followed of favourite pairs of wellies or jackets, with a particularly useful number of pockets in them. As a professional gardener, I spend most of my gardening life in uniform. I must admit the statutory green jumper we’re supplied with does s ..read more
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Quick and easy masala lamb chops with spicy rice
Winterbourne House and Garden | Digging for Dirt Blog
by marketing.admin
2M ago
Nothing warms the cockles on a cold October evening like a bowlful of comforting spice and flavour. This month’s recipe, brought to you by Naresh from our extended Visitor Experience team, goes out to all the red meat lovers out there that like their lamb served with a good chilli kick!  This dish is extra tasty with salad and a dollop of Greek yoghurt on the side. Serves four. Ingredients 4-5 lamb chops 3 mixed peppers, roughly chopped 3 onions roughly chopped and 1 onion sliced 5-6 green chillies, chopped A small block of fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves of garlic 2 fresh tomatoes ½ tsp tu ..read more
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Celebrating All Hallows’ Eve, the twentieth century way
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by marketing.admin
2M ago
All Hallows’ Eve will soon be upon us and, as fate would have it, we recently stumbled upon the subject in a book from our archives. Published in 1901, the following extract from ‘The Larger Dumpy Books for Children: Holidays and Happy Days’ gives us a fascinating insight into a long-forgotten tradition, and how the spookiest time of year was celebrated in the twentieth century. The night of the 31st October has a character peculiar to itself, and to you children it has some ceremonies that possess special interest. In England, it is known as All Hallow’s Eve; while in Scotland, where its cus ..read more
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