One of the things my children got for Christmas was a crystal making kit (they got one each – I know that they’re not going to, like, share). So on the third day of Christmas, I spent most of the day making crystals.
The children got a bit fed up with this after the first, large, crystal solution had been made. I like to think that my children are interested in science but most science is just waiting around for stuff to happen which hardly interest anyone. I was tempted to leave the rest to another day but knew that I wouldn’t have enthusiasm to come back to it – plus I didn’t want a load of open packets of evil solution mixture of DOOM sitting around.
The kit includes lots of terribly serious warnings about the ingredients being terribly dangerous and / or likely to stain stuff. The crystals also need a spot to sit undisturbed for about seven days, ideally at a temperature above 20C. So I put them on the side in the library.
The kit came from a place called Cass Art, which is a lovely shop.
So we get four calling birds. I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas. We’re still in the thick of it, with lots of people staying, leaving and arriving.
My wreath is starting to look a bit tired now but it looked terrific when I first made it. I originally consulted Celebrate but Pippa Middleton more or less told me what I already knew – except she recommended that I add roses to it, which I didn’t have and even if I had, I probably wouldn’t waste roses on a Christmas wreath. In the end, I used holly, teucrium, Californian lilac and rosemary.
I made the Christmas cake at the start of December and my husband has been in charge of feeding it with cherry brandy. I ended up using ready rolled marzipan and royal icing – they are only sold for round cakes but were JUST big enough to cover my (slightly larger) square cake.