Christmas Cookies

  Christmas Cookies Italian Lemon Cookies 1cup butter, softened ½ cup sugar 3 eggs separated 2 tsp grated lemon peel 2½ cups of plain flour coloured sugar [optional golden caster sugar] In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks and lemon peel. Gradually beat in the flour. Refrigerate, cov-ered, for […]

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Winter Preparation

On a gorgeous day we had a good turn-out to put the Elizabethan Orchard to bed for the winter, weeding the beds, strimming, pruning the fruit trees and digging the hole for the new pond – just under 6 inches to go and we should be able to get it in position. Medlars seem to grow very well in our […]

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FRAUD ADVICE

  FRAUD ADVICE We have had a number of complaints in relation to bogus charity collectors cold calling at resident’s homes in The Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. In some cases, fraudsters have used the name, logo and charity registration number of a genuine charity to appeal for donations and keep the profits. If you are cold called by a […]

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SUDDEN SINKING

SUDDEN SINKING   At sea things can go wrong very quickly, as Barry Dock and Penarth lifeboat crews found out on 12th June Kath Fisher couldn’t sleep. Tossing and turning, she thought: ‘Is this an omen that something’s about to happen?’. At 1.15am her lifeboat pager went off. Volunteers all around Penarth and Barry Dock shook themselves awake and headed […]

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“Social Prescribing”

  GPs are going to be encouraged to refer people for activities including dancing, cooking and walking groups. GPs will be able to refer people to these and other, social activities, Theresa May has announced. Instead of prescribing pills and medicine, doctors will be encouraged to use “social prescribing”. In this way, Mrs May believes there will be reduced demand […]

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Winter Preparations

RHS December tips 1. Check that your winter protection is still securely in place. 2. Make sure your greenhouse heaters are working properly. 3. Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing. 4. Prune open grown apple and pear trees, not those grown against a wall. 5. Still take hardwood cuttings. 6. Keep mice away from stored produce. 7. Reduce […]

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