New! Dracula at Whitby Abbey Collection

Are you seeking Christmas gifts for the Goth in your life? Perhaps your partner, spouse or sibling is obsessed with vampires and the vampire myth (like me!). At English Heritage Shop we have a brand-new range full of Whitby Abbey souvenirs and collectibles. This collection draws on the gothic history of the abbey that inspired the classic novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Shop the full range here.

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Dracula Travel Mug

Do your bit to save the planet with this Whitby Abbey Dracula Travel Mug. The plastic mug has a screw lid with a drinking spout, so you can enjoy your favourite hot drink on the go, and it means no paper is wasted in the process! The exclusive print features the word ‘Dracula’ alongside a bat shape and an illustration of the famous vampire.

Our Price £10.00 – Click here.

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Three Wise Bats

These three wise bat models are a sweet and funny addition to any shelf or mantelpiece. The highly detailed cartoon style animals take inspiration from ‘The Three Wise Monkeys’ and show them acting out ‘see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil’.

Our Price £20.00 – Click here.

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Dracula Hoodie – Grey

Remember your trip to Whitby Abbey with this Dracula hoodie. When writing Dracula, Bram Stoker visited Whitby Abbey and took inspiration from its graveyard, magnificent ruins and the numerous steps that lead to the abbey. This hoodie features the word ‘Dracula’ inside of a batwing shape as well as an illustration of the famous vampire himself.

Our Price From £32.00 – Click here.

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Whitby Abbey Bat Umbrella

Be prepared for rainy weather with this Whitby Abbey Bat Umbrella. The classic style umbrella has a dark grey outer with a unique bat print on the inside.

Our Price £25.00 – Click here.

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Whitby Abbey Bats T-Shirt

Celebrate the history of Whitby Abbey with this Gothic style t-shirt. It pictures a number of flying bats on the front and reverse of the t-shirt as well as the words ‘Whitby Abbey’. This t-shirt makes a great souvenir of a recent trip, or a thoughtful gift for a friend who is interested in the history of the abbey.

Our Price From £20.00 – Click here.

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Vampire Goblet

Fit in at a Gothic themed dinner party with this vampire goblet. The intricately designed goblet features patterns and shapes that are reminiscent of a Gothic abbey, alongside some sinister looking bats.

Our Price £18.50 – Click here.

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Whitby Abbey Rose Circle Necklace

Tell someone you love them with this Whitby Abbey Rose Circle Necklace. Inside two interlocking circles sits a highly detailed recreation of the rose window, positioned at the transept of the historical abbey. Today, the remarkably well-kept window frame is still visible amongst the abbey’s ruined walls.

Our Price £55.00 – Click here.

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Dracula Mug

Enjoy your favourite hot drink in this Dracula Mug. Created to commemorate Whitby Abbey, this mug takes inspiration for the novel, Dracula. The exclusive design features a silhouette of a bat, an illustration of the famous vampire and the word ‘Dracula’.

Our Price £8.50 – Click here.

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Sparkle Bat Statement Necklace – Tatty Devine

Make a statement with this Sparkle Bat Necklace from British designers Tatty Devine. The acrylic, laser cut necklace is purple in colour and has micro glitter running throughout to create a bright and bold statement. This necklace makes a lovely gift for someone who is a fan of bats and Gothic style.

Our Price £125.00 – Click here.

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Little Nipper Fangs Bib

Keep your little one clean at mealtimes with this little nipper bib. A great baby gift for any new mum, it is a fun and practical accessory. Whether you are introducing your ‘little nipper’ to the delights of solids or catching dribbles during teething, this exclusive bib is made from the softest cotton and has a Velcro fastening to keep it secure when worn.

Our Price £7.00 – Click here.

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Spend More, Save More with W.H. Smith

Did you know you can buy my published novels from W.H. Smith? Perhaps you would consider purchasing a paperback as a Christmas present for your friend, family member or colleague who enjoys reading? Maybe you need to stock up on wrapping paper, Christmas cards and gift bags. Take a look at this fabulous special offer from W.H. Smith. Spend £40 to save 15% or spend £20 to save 10%. You can also get free home delivery when you spend over £20, and you can return any items for free at your local WH Smith store.

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If you need to buy stocking fillers for your children, you have a rush of winter birthdays, or you need a gift for a special occasion, you can find it here. Maybe you need a calendar or a diary? There is lots to choose from. And don’t forgot to order Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) so you can convert another reader to #TheRedcliffeNovels series. Happy shopping!

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3 for 2 on Emma Bridgewater Collections

Do you collect pottery? Are you a sucker for a cute mug or a themed collection for Halloween, Bonfire Night or even for charity? Then check out these collections from Emma Bridgewater. I have discovered a range of beautiful mugs, plates and bowls, and best of all you can get 3 for 2 with free delivery on orders over £40.

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The charity mugs support The Royal British Legion and Action Oak, donating a percentage of the fee to those charities, so why not indulge in some Christmas or birthday shopping while still donating to worthy causes?

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Why we Need to Remember our Fallen Heroes

Remembrance Day is almost upon us, and I always find myself in a strange mood at this time of year. Having just celebrated Samhain, the veil between living and dead is still thin, and ghosts of our departed ancestors still linger for those who care to find them. While I don’t know about any specific family members that fell during the world wars, I have no doubt that they existed, and that our extended family community fought hard in all areas of their lives. I remember not only the soldiers and military personnel, but the civilians whose lives became about survival.

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And not only our blood relatives from the world wars. Recently I have read a few books with my local book club that left me reeling with shock, horror and above all awe for the characters. Whilst the books were written as fiction, I am certain that they reflect the lives of real people caught up in terrorism and war not of their making. One book was A Thousand Splendid Suns. I read it in just two days, and it stays with me, its ghosts following me around as I go about my life in freedom and comfort. Then I remember the sacrifices made by my ancestors during the past one hundred years or so, and I stop for just a moment to give thanks for their legacy. Will you be remembering our fallen heroes this Remembrance Sunday?

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Sometimes You Just Need a Hug

My family is recovering from serious trauma. Nearly six years ago, my father-in-law was seriously injured in a cycling accident. He was training for an event where he would cycle from one end of Ireland to the other, having previously cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, the Coast to Coast from West to East England, and many more epic cycle rides to raise money for local cancer charities. He is now a shadow of the vibrant personality he used to be, and it hurts every day. My mother-in-law retired from work and became his full-time carer once he was released from a rehabilitation facility. He is disabled, and he has a brain injury. His short-term memory is damaged, and he has no interest in activities. Or at least, that’s what I thought.

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I had almost given up hope of him ever recovering even just a speck of his former self, but his wife remained stubborn in her task. She sends him to daycare facilities where he has access to gym equipment, he can interact with other people in similar situations, and he has trained professionals to help him with general care. She takes him out to social events, to the pub, to visit family and friends, for a walk. She also fought to have speech therapy with him, and it appears to be taking effect. During the past few weeks he has begun to respond more during conversation. Although his speech is very limited, and he has three or four sentences that he repeats, he does occasionally surprise us with glimpses of his old self. He is in there, but he is trapped. And one evening, as they visited us for a casual chat, he walked into the kitchen to find me, and he gave me a big bear hug. It stopped me in my tracks. Normally he would tell me he is tired, or he wants to go home. But this time he wanted to convey that he cares, that he knows me, and that he is with us. And that means everything to a broken family struggling to mend. Keep fighting, Steve. We haven’t given up on you yet.

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Renaissance Gold Collection at Wedgwood

Wedgwood drew upon its considerable archive for this indulgent range. Steeped in authenticity while maintaining a modern, classic style. Combining elegant interior design motifs with the pure oval form of the celebrated Wedgwood cameo, together with bold Florentine accents to give scale and impact.

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Renaissance Gold Plate 27cm. Wedgwood drew upon its considerable archive for this indulgent range. Steeped in authenticity while maintaining a modern, classic style.

Our Price £40.00 – Click here.

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Renaissance Gold Plate Florentine Accent 23cm. Wedgwood drew upon its considerable archive for this indulgent range. Steeped in authenticity while maintaining a modern, classic style.

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Renaissance Gold Plate 20cm. Wedgwood drew upon its considerable archive for this indulgent range. Steeped in authenticity while maintaining a modern, classic style.

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Renaissance Gold Cereal Bowl 14cm. Wedgwood drew upon its considerable archive for this indulgent range. Steeped in authenticity while maintaining a modern, classic style. Our Price £36.00 – Click here.

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Renaissance Gold Sauce Boat. Wedgwood Renaissance Gold Sauce Boat – This stunning and ornate dinnerware pattern was inspired by decorative motifs used by Scottish neoclassical architect and designer Robert Adam, showcased on the pure oval forms of the Wedgwood archive cameo.

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Renaissance Gold Teapot. Wedgwood drew upon its considerable archive for this indulgent range. Steeped in authenticity while maintaining a modern, classic style.

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Samhain Greetings – Learn to Let Go

Samhain greetings, my witchy friends! The veil is thin, and this week we celebrate the end of the witch’s year and the start of a new one. For the past week I have been feeling very depressed and fed-up. I know that part of it is grief for my lost dog. I miss him so much and it hurts deeply. He was my constant companion while I worked at home, we walked together almost every day, he took the children to school with me, he was always there. And now he is gone. There is a gaping hole in our lives, and our home feels empty and sad. I even struggled to get in the Halloween spirit, not feeling the urge to dress up or attend Halloween parties like I usually do. So, I sent the children to stay with their Nan for the weekend, and I had time alone with my husband. We have drifted apart during his busy transition into a new job, and I feel resentful because I am stuck at home running the household and caring for our family single-handedly. My grief has twisted into something resembling self-pity, and I need to shake it off.

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My usual method for dealing with these mood swings is to meditate and work on improving my perspective. I have had lots of free time to meditate, and yet I simply could not bring myself to do it. My Tarot cards are sitting on a shelf waiting patiently for my return, and I don’t know what to do with them. I feel lost, confused, and I don’t know how to change this mood. I want some financial independence, but despite all my efforts, it is eluding me. I know there is a part of me that is lost, and I don’t know how to find it. For now, all I can do is wait. I must allow myself to grieve for my dog. I must continue to care for my family. I will accept that sometimes all I can do is sit still and rest. Eventually I will heal and grow strong again, and perhaps then I can address the areas of my life that feel broken, and I can work towards repairing them. Are you feeling broken, my friends? Is there a part of you that needs care and kindness? Be kind to yourselves and understand that we have no rules to follow. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Samhain Greetings, and Happy Halloween.

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Clarks & Disney Frozen II – Shoes Special Offers

Clarks has joined forces with Disney’s Frozen 2 for a very special collaboration, and my girls are ridiculously excited. They have not yet visited the cinema to watch a movie, but they say that they will to watch Frozen II. We still watch the original Frozen movie on repeat at home, my girls have fancy dress costumes, “Elsa” shoes, and they regularly play games where they pretend to be the famous movie sisters. I think a visit to Clarks is in order this half term, not least because both my children need new boots for winter!

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Featuring a range of autumn and winter-ready styles, Clarks have launched a limited-edition collection that offers the perfect excuse to update your kids’ wardrobes and to celebrate the release of the much-anticipated Frozen sequel.

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Winter Warmers from Twinings

The weather is cold, and the air is crisp. We wake to frost and come home craving a roaring fire… do you prefer tea, coffee or hot chocolate to warm you up on a cold autumn day? Order now and get 10% off for new customers at Twinings – use code NEW10 – Click here.

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3 For 2 Twinings Black Teas

Classic black tea – Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact on your day. World famous Twinings blends – what’s your favourite cup of tea for every day?

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Superblends

A delicious new range of green teas and infusions expertly blended with botanicals, natural fruit flavours, added vitamins and minerals. Carefully crafted by the Twinings Master Blenders, SUPERBLENDS are a simple everyday helping hand to keep you feeling great.

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SNUGGLE UP GIFT BAG

With autumn nights drawing in, our Snuggle Up gift bag is the perfect accompaniment when you want a quiet night in or a lazy day. Indulge in a smooth luxury hot chocolate and some mouth-watering chocolate oat crumbles and chocolate crunchy almonds. This gift bag includes: Twinings Swiss Chocolate Drink Cartwright & Butler Chocolate Oat Crumbles Lily O’Brien’s Crunchy Salted Almonds Tokyo Design Studio Nippon Black Stripes Mug Black Twinings Gift Bag with Red Handles

Price: £18

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OPTIONS BELGIAN CHOC – JAR

Instant hot chocolate drink with sugars and sweetener. A deliciously satisfying hot chocolate drink for those chocolaty moments that we all love. Perfect for any time of the day, so sit down, relax and enjoy.

Price: £3.99

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MONIN PUMPKIN SPICE SYRUP

Pumpkin and spice flavour sugar syrup. Pumpkins are associated with the fall and harvest season, and with heartwarming family traditions. In the kitchen, pumpkin is used for many recipes, including pumpkin pie. Always, the pumpkin flavour is blended with subtle spices for a delicious combination of flavours.

MONIN captures this classic taste in Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Made with select ingredients and pure cane sugar, MONIN Pumpkin Spice Syrup is a highly concentrated, authentic flavouring offering exceptional versatility for creating specialty beverages.

Price: £6.15

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INTENSE & ENLIVENING COFFEE

There might not be time for reading the papers or squeezing fresh juice before you rush off to work, but one thing you don’t want to skip is a strong cup of coffee. Our intense coffee is a mix of Brazilian, Zambian and Kenyan coffee beans. Ground for a deep and full- bodied taste and skillfully blended by our experts, each sip is rich and satisfying. Just the kick-start your mornings need, especially as the mornings grow colder.

Price: £3.75

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Christmas Hamper Review: Prestige Hampers

I know, I know, we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet! I have been asked to review a luxury Christmas hamper from Prestige Hampers, and how could I resist? I received a hamper about two years ago, so I knew the quality would be fantastic. I was not disappointed (although this time my hamper was alcohol-free). The hamper arrived packaged in a cardboard box, so it was secure and safely delivered. The box has now been requisitioned by my eldest daughter, who has turned it into a prop for her barbie dolls. I don’t know what it is now, possibly a camper van?! Anyway, once we got the hamper out of the box, we set about rifling through it. My children absolutely love receiving parcels to open, and they squealed with delight helping me to unpack the food.

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The luxury Christmas hamper contained a bottle of Mulled Winter Cordial from Belvoir Fruit Farms, a Christmas pudding and a Yule log cake. There was a box of luxury assorted chocolates, a smaller box of stem ginger chocolates, and a bar of fruit and nut chocolate that melted in my mouth when I tasted it. For chocoholics this Christmas hamper is a great idea. The hamper also contained a box of English Breakfast tea bags and a box of Raspberry and Blackberry tea bags from Taylors of Harrogate. They taste delicious, both warming the belly and refreshing the mouth. To accompany my breakfast tea, I discovered a small jar of Mrs. Bridges Fine Cut Orange Marmalade, and a jar of Mrs. Bridges Scottish Raspberry Preserve. These are perfect to slather on your crumpets, toast or scones on a chilly morning. Finally, I found a box of organic All Butter Oat and Raisin cookies. They taste very nice, if a little dull for my palate. I also pulled out a tin of Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Yorkshire Crisps, which made a very welcome accompaniment to my mummies’ night in at the weekend.

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If you are seeking a nice little gift for family members and friends, these hampers are a great idea. Whether you want to please the foodie in the family, offer up some tasty treats, or simply bring a change of products to the table, you can find a lovely choice of luxury Christmas Hampers at Prestige Hampers. Their customer service is professional and efficient, they deliver quickly, and the products are of the best quality. Prestige Hampers also offer a range of corporate hamper gifts, so take a look and see what you like the look of. Happy Christmas shopping!

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