A Christmas woodland walk at keydells.

Since my post ‘here we are in November’ we have been getting so busy with getting ready for Christmas and getting my business up and running. So its no surprise that we were super excited to start the festive trips that we aim to get to each year, and Keydell nurseries was no exception.
When it comes to Christmas, Garden Centres, are one of the most popular places to visit. As most centres make a special effort for the Christmas season.

Keydell is a nursery (garden centre) in Horndean, Hampshire and is a lovely place to visit any time of the year, however, we do make a special annual trip there for a Christmasy family day and to walk around their beautiful displays.

So what is The woodland walk…

Keydell’s woodland walk is a beautiful Christmas walk around with so much to look at all around you. The staff at keydell should be so proud of what they have created.

The woodland walk itself is under £5 per person, and well worth the money to get in at any age. You can find the ticket prices on their website here.

Each area is themed so differently to the next, it is very obvious how much effort the staff have gone into with these displays by the sheer amount of detail, and imaginative stories these scenes tell.

With adorable characters that sing and move, the smell of tinsel, pretty tinkering lights, glitter and everything else has filled the room with such a festive atmosphere. It is impossible not to be sucked into the Christmas excitement.
You can tell how popular the nursey is at this time of year, as we were eager and took our trip on the 23rd of November. The whole place was already busy with plenty of people walking around seeing the magic of Keydell at Christmas.

Festive unicorn ^_^

I would definitely suggest if you are thinking about taking a trip to Keydell, you need to have your camera ready for shooting, because there are so many photo opportunities on the walk, for example, a model Santa where you can sit on his lap. Cute right?

After we spent almost an hour around the trail we then spent another hour looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations that Keydell have available to buy in-store. There are literally thousands of ornaments, light sets and Christmasy decor. It’s OK. We managed not to spend too much money, but that was so hard. I could picture so many of the decks making the house look pretty.

We really had such a lovely day!, I would love to hear if you have had an experience visiting Keydell, Or do you know somewhere else that is well worth the journey to go and see Christmas magic!

Selfless ideas this season

This is one of my favourite times of year. Christmas is a time where we come together with our families, The time for giving, I’m not just talking presents. 
Christmas is time to appreciate what we have, and who we have in our lives, because not everyone in this world has the same. 
So, I thought of some ideas, and some of these are still my goal for the future. 

Donate stuff you don’t need anymore to your local charity shop:

With Christmas just around the corner and the January sales looming close as Well we always seem to accumulate a lot of new things this time of year. Therefor nows the perfect opportunity to donate the stuff you don’t need any more to a good cause.

Shoe box presents for a homeless person:

I don’t really agree with giving money to people living on the streets because you can’t guarantee that it’s going to be spent on the right thing. A small gesture such as buying a meal deal or a hot drink could really make a difference to someone who’s having a low time. If you have more time though grab a shoe box and fill it with little bits like tooth paste, deodorant, dry food, winter warmers like a scarf. Basically a little care package that could help them through with the cold weather.

Be a good listener:

This time of year can be challenging. By taking the time to listen to someone could be a bigger gesture then what you think. We all need a friend when we really need support.

Donate some pet food/toys to an arc: 
Pets are in need too! and since some animal shelters survive only on donations, small gifts like this will really be appreciated by these furry little friends!

Volunteer at a homeless shelter:

I’ve never had the chance to do this yet. BUT, this is such a beautiful idea. Homeless shelters normally need volunteers to help with serving hot meals and keeping things going.

Show some appreciation:

Is there anybody that you see on a regular basis that always takes the time to smile and be polite!? Maybe it’s your regular cashier in your corner shop. Or your doctor. Or someone closer to you. Try taking a minute to write a thank you note, or a small card to make there day and feel appreciated.

I’m sure…

There is probably thousands more things you could do thisIs there anything else you do as a selfless act? Id love to hear your ideas.