What To Do, See & Buy: Allotinabox; Joe Jin's Daisy Garden; Guinness crisps; Kenilworth Castle; My Slippers
Charlie Cooper is Health Correspondent for The Independent, i, and The Independent on Sunday, writing on the NHS, medical advances, and international health. Since joining the papers as an editorial assistant, he has been nominated for young journalist of the year at both the Press Awards and the British Journalism Awards.
Saturday 22 December 2012
The good folk at Allotinabox want 2013 to be the year that you finally – for real this time – realise those grow-your-own dreams. Subscribe for a year and they send you a seasonal parcel of seeds, soil and, for the uninitiated, growing guides to tell you which seed turns into what, when. With tips for balcony or window-sill growing, you won't need a garden either. From £49.99, allotinabox.com
Banish winter blues with a rug that pretends it's spring, so the grass is green all year round. Essentially a giant play mat for grown-ups, Toronto designer Joe Jin's Daisy Garden rug even allows you to rearrange the flowers as you see fit. £400, joejin.com
Apparently concerned that the style-conscious are putting themselves at risk by not keeping a fire extinguisher handy for aesthetic purposes, the good people at SAFE-T have come up with a truly novel addition to your home furnishings: the designer fire extinguisher. Approved by testers as suitable fire types, choose from wine bottle, chrome or leather. No, honestly. From £79.50, safe-t.eu
Crisp and even
Here's a novel one for the Christmas nibbles tray – just imagine your guests' surprise. They need not be put off by the crisps' admittedly grey tinge, or the slight whiff of old booze – made in collaboration with Burts crisps, these actually taste quite nice and may not be around for long, so try them while you can. £2.99, selfridges.com
A Norman fortress that became an Elizabethan palace – there can be few finer places for singing Christmas carols than Kenilworth Castle, in Warwickshire. Worth a drive on a cold December night for the atmosphere alone. £5, tonight; english-heritage.org.uk 'procrastination', and short words, such as 'short'. There is no pretend Latin because, annoyingly, it wreaks havoc with spell.
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but with a fine pair of slippers your toes will feel delightful. The very British brand, My Slippers, have domestic footwear down to a fine art. On their website you can design your own in velvet, linen or wool, pick the colour and (for a small fee) even have a monogram or motif stitched on. From £165, myslippers.co.uk
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