A GREAT GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS – YOUR OWN TEA PLANT TO GROW YOUR OWN TEA…

Grow Your Own Tea Plant

Not On The High Street have a great Grow Your Own Tea plant Kit for £17.95 which would make a great Christmas gift for any tea lover.

These amazing kits have all you need to grow your own tea plant at home. Harvest and dry the leaves for the ultimate in homegrown tea.

Whether a keen gardener or someone who enjoys herbal tea, there’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own chamomile flowers and drinking some tea you’ve brewed at home.

Our Grow your own tea kit has been specifically designed to the highest quality.

A greenhouse, conservatory or even a sunny window are all adequate to grow this amazing plant.

Inside the Tea Plant Kit are two large terracotta-coloured small plant pots (one 9cm tall, the other 6cm tall), one saucer (9cm in diameter), two professional grow pelles, two plant pot trays, two wooden label sticks and your tea plant seeds. An instruction sheet is also included on how to grow and take care of your new arrival. Their seeds have a shelf life of 12-18 months.

We are not talking about herbal teas either, but real tea: Camellia sinensis. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own tea, a planter on a balcony would work just fine.

‘You could try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse, or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.

The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 1-2 meters in height, though it will grow taller if you don’t prune it. In the fall, your tea shrub will flower with small white blossoms that have a delightful scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals. For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained and sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You’ll need some patience, too. Your plant should be around 3 years old before you start harvesting leaves.

A great site with all the details on growing your own tea is ‘Guide to Growing Tea’, and you might be able to get seeds at your local nursery or try online at Amazon.

From that plant, you could make black, green or oolong tea. Fascinating stuff and for all us tea lovers, its another thing we can try growing in the garden.

 

BRITISH CORNER SHOP…

The British Corner Shop is a unique online supermarket for expats around the world. Whether you miss Marmite or crave Warburtons crumpets, they can deliver your British favourites straight to your door.

Their website stocks over 10,000 products from Britain’s most loved brands, meaning you can enjoy the British food you miss, wherever you are in the world.

Customer service is at the heart of their business. Since their humble beginnings in 1999, they have refined and developed British Corner Shop, building on the wants and needs of their loyal customers.

From purchasing your shopping through to the delivery, they want their customers to have total confidence when ordering with them.

You don’t have to be a British expat to use the service. If you have friends or relatives overseas who may be missing the taste of home, why not order them a box of British happiness? Their service is perfect for sending parcels of British food to Brits in the Armed Forces and others working abroad.

INTRODUCING THE LATEST ACCESSORY IN CERAMIC PINS…

I came across a brilliant gift site Old English Company while looking for some different aprons which would suit a male or female. The English Food Charcoal Apron which is a hand-lettered kitchen apron, illustrated with various well known English foods and dishes which include bacon butty, toad in the hole and Yorkshire pudding. Brilliant and only £12.95

Then I came across their unique enamel pins, something I haven’t seen before and I just loved the quirky ones they have on their site. They make the perfect accessory for any lapel or bag. As a coffee lover, I fell in love with their coffee inspired pins, ‘Coffee for Life’, ‘Coffee, then the World’, and ‘Coffee First’. 

Another great gift for a fella at only £7 or you could win a set of three heart-shaped ones for FREE  if you enter their competition.  To celebrate the new additions to their enamel pin range Old English Co decided to run this competition, giving you the chance to win a set of the below enamel pins!

To enter this competition, email your favourite enamel pin design from their entire range to hello@oldenglishcompany.com

They will be picking one winner at random on the 30th May 2018.

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU AN ETHICAL AND CONSCIOUS SHOPPER?…

If the answer to ‘Are you an ethical and conscious shopper’, is yes then you must join the latest social network site Atlist for ethical and conscious shopping.

It’s a new site which has posts around environmentally friendly issues and some great up to the minute details/reviews on different gifts.

They say they are ‘the upcoming social media platform for conscious gifting and keeper of creative exclusive content built by a community of wishers. Atlist lets you create wishlists, seek inspiration and connect with your friends. Once connected with your friends, you’ll be able to see all their wishlists and follow the things they love through your newsfeed. If you see something you love too, add it to your wishlist or like, comment, share’.

It’s easy and FREE to join and you start your Atlist by creating your own wishlists then linking ones from either Atlist or from another site to your wishlist ( a bit like a Pinterest board) except everything is more environmentally friendly and around gifting.

It’s early days at the moment but easy to navigate around and already has some really interesting posts. I love their ‘Top Plant Based Recipes‘ board, which has ‘Raw Date & Hazelnut Brownies – Deliciously Ella’ and also her ‘Blood Orange and Coconut Vegan Mousse’.