Can’t beat roast goose (and York­shire pud)

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on the big bird in my fry­ing pan and then it goes into the oven where ev­ery 30 min­utes I re­move the fat from the pan.

My roast pota­toes have to be Maris Piper and they are tossed in hot but­ter, olive oil and sea salt, but not be­fore they’ve been par boiled and shaken to fluff the edges up.

I steam my broc­coli and car­rots un­til they’re ten­der and still crunchy – th­ese vivid colours brighten up my plate, along with Ram­blers kitchen cran­berry sauce.

I in­sist on throw­ing a York­shire pud­ding on, be­cause I’m ob­sessed with them. I don’t like sprouts, but Na­tional Trust shops in Eng­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land).

If arm­chair gar­den­ers can drag them­selves into the kitchen, they may en­joy mak­ing a tip­ple of their own with a Kil­ner eight-piece sloe gin gift set, de­signed to pro­vide all the es­sen­tials needed to make sloe gin or any other fruit liqueurs. Use nat­u­ral hedgerow pro­duce with tra­di­tional recipes (£22.95, www. har­rod­hor­ti­cul­tural.com).

Bring the fra­grance of Christ­mas into the pam­pered gar­dener’s home with a stylish and sub­tle pine and eu­ca­lyp­tus-scented bauble from Jo Malone, which will hap­pily adorn any tree and make the scent of Christ­mas last well into the New Year (£32, www.jo­ma­lone.co.uk).

The pam­pered gar­dener will ap­pre­ci­ate a pile of sooth­ing good­ies after a hard day in the gar­den, in­clud­ing hand lo­tion, hand wash and body soap in a Wood­lands Wa­ter­ing Can Gar­dener’s Gift (£26, www. gar­den­di­vas.co.uk). The set in­cludes a handy wooden nail brush and a pair of flo­ral gar­den­ing gloves.

Keep hands warm with a pair of Bri­ers Warm Ups, gloves you stick in the mi­crowave to heat up the mi­cro gel within them to keep hands warm. They should stay warm for up to an hour and you can dry them nat­u­rally and wipe the in-laws do, so I par boil them and then sauté them in but­ter with chest­nuts and streaky ba­con (a sep­a­rate mix of just chest­nuts for my mother-in-law, who’s a veg­e­tar­ian). Do give the goose a try as it is de­li­cious.

I want to wish all the read­ers a happy Christ­mas from my­self and the Pinewood fam­ily.

There are few things that will shock us here at Pinewood Nurs­eries, but find­ing one of our pigs huff­ing and puff­ing with mini-pigs at her side early on a Mon­day morn­ing, was cer­tainly one thing we weren’t pre­pared for. with a damp cloth (£24.99, www. brier­sltd.co.uk).

Save space in the shed with Handig­ger, a Swedish prod­uct used to dig, plant, scoop, level or just break up com­pacted soil. With an er­gonom­i­cally com­fort­able han­dle rec­om­mended for peo­ple with os­teoarthri­tis and rheumatic pain and two dif­fer­ent shaped blades, this multi tool took two years of test­ing to de­velop it to suit both am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional gar­den­ers (£9.99, www.chaselink. co.uk).

Cre­ate an il­lu­sion of space with a gar­den mir­ror. This or­nate gothic mir­ror from Har­rod Hor­ti­cul­tural will be an eye-catch­ing ad­di­tion to any gar­den wall and make the area seem big­ger. The cream frame is made from wood and painted with an an­tique wash, wa­ter­proof paint to sur­vive the el­e­ments. The mir­ror is 85cm high x 66cm wide (£49.95,

Ei­ther it’s Stoke Po­ges’ own ‘im­mac­u­late con­cep­tion’ which has taken place or our ‘star crossed lovers’, in sep­a­rate pens, have been giv­ing us the run around.

Need­less to say, we can now add ‘pig breed­ers’ to the ever grow­ing list of achieve­ments of Pinewood Nurs­eries! While mother and piglets are do­ing well, they will not be ready for vis­i­tors un­til our mulled wine and mince pie week­end (De­cem­ber 13 and 14), so if you’d like a fes­tive visit then, do pop in.

See our Face­book page www. face­book.com/pinewood­nurs­eries for fur­ther de­tails. www.har­rod­hor­ti­cul­tural.com).

A new idea comes from the Eden Project in the form of Wildlife Seed­bombs (£3.50 each, www. eden­pro­ject­shop.com), which you soak and then throw on to a sec­tion of your gar­den and watch it burst into life. Th­ese are ideal for adding colour and at­tract­ing pol­li­nat­ing in­sects to sec­tions of ne­glected gar­den. Choose from Corn­flower Field­bomb, Pol­li­na­tor Bee­bomb, Poppy Peace­bomb, Sun­flower Power­bomb or Thyme Bomb.

Bird lovers will ap­pre­ci­ate a classy feeder you can per­son­alise. Check out the Oak Hang­ing Bird Feeder from Get­ting Per­sonal, which comes with a thick, twisted rus­tic rope so you can hang it from a tree branch or other support. Fea­tur­ing a shal­low bowl for seeds and nuts, the wide edge of the feeder can be en­graved with a short mes­sage or name (£84.99, www. get­ting­per­sonal.co.uk).

The de­signs on th­ese Funky Laun­dry bags make you think of wildlife ev­ery time you look at them. Store gar­den cush­ions in them, choos­ing de­signs rang­ing from blue­bells and wild flower meadow, to chilli, nuts and bolts and roses. The bags are also ideal for col­lect­ing and de­posit­ing gar­den leaves (£6.99, www.funky­laun­dry. co.uk).

Liz’s pig, Ivy, suck­les some of her piglets

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