Welcome to November 2023
Welcome to November 2023

Welcome to November 2023

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It’s a fact!

I always think of November as a transitional month . . . the clocks have just gone back, so the days are officially shorter. This, combined with the change in temperatures, finds us spending more time indoors and decorating our homes with Christmas decorations and lights, but it’s not quite time yet – or is it?

November Weather Folklore

(Courtesy of The Almanac)

“If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck, there’ll be nothing after but sludge and muck.”

“November take flail; let ships no more sail.”

“If trees show buds in November, the winter will last until May.”

“There is no better month in the year to cut wood than November.”

“Ice in November brings mud in December.”


If you’ve visited us recently, you will know that we’ve got some lovely Autumnal home decorations on display, which have been very popular this year despite the unseasonal temperatures. You’ll need to grab them while you can because we are already making room for our gorgeous Christmas stock!

Another way to cheer yourselves up is to take inspiration from the Danes – check out our Hygge Your Home tips. 

“Remember, remember 5th November; Gunpowder, Treason and Plot. I see no reason why Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”

Guy Fawkes Night will be upon us soon; whatever and wherever you are planning to spend yours, please remember to stay safe.

November at a glance:

· Men’s Health Month (1-30th)

· Guy Fawkes Night (5th)

· Social Media Kindness Day (9th)

· Remembrance Day (12th)

· Diwali (13th)

· Stir up Sunday (26th)

· St Andrews Day (30th) 

Family & Friends

Zodiac sign Scorpio

November Birthdays: Scorpio – 23rd October – 21st November

Symbol: The Scorpion

Planet: Mars

Element: Water

Colour: Black, deep red

Scorpio characteristics: Passionate, intense, extreme, emotional, uncompromising, funny, sexy.

November Birthstone: Those with November birthdays have two beautiful birthstones: topaz and citrine. Topaz comes in a rainbow of colours; citrine is prized for its charming yellow and orange hues. Both November birthstones have calming energies while bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer.

Chrysanthemum birthday card with sterling silver earrings 

November Birth Flower: The November birth flower is the chrysanthemum. It is one of the world’s most popular cut flowers because of its variety. Available in a vast spectrum of colours, these flowers are thought to bring good luck and joy into any home! 

If you are looking for a birthday cards, take a look at this beautiful birthday card featuring sterling silver earrings and presented beautifully on a handmade card. Comes in a pretty box and priced at £16.50.

November Food

Lamb Shanks Braised in Red Wine

So, the weather has changed, and warming casseroles are a must. You will not be disappointed with my Lamb Shanks recipe; it takes time to cook slowly (the longer and slower, the better), but you will be rewarded for your efforts!

Stir up Sunday!

Since the Victorian era, Stir Up Sunday has been a day to celebrate our families and cooking. Last November, I shared my favourite Jewelled Stuffing recipe, which can be made in advance and frozen, so you have one less thing to worry about on the big day!


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Or, you could make my mum’s delicious Christmas cake recipe “Pound All Round”. Don’t forget to soak your fruit in brandy for a few days prior to baking and stir every day!


Written by

Audrey Spencer
Audrey Spencer
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