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Without wishing to pry, how was your Valentine’s Day? And, most importantly, did you present your beloved with flowers – or were you lucky enough to receive them? If so, might I enquire as to the type of bloom and its colour? There is a very valid reason for my asking because there is much more to a perfectly tied posy of flowers than you might think. Indeed, the word “posy” is derived from the old English word “poesy”, which meant love motto or poem.

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During the last fortnight, we’ve had several visitors at Evergreen and This England. The first to step across the threshold at The Lypiatts was one of our freelance photographers and writers who came to see us from Somerset. Then, earlier this week, we had a visit from three of our colleagues who made a much longer journey travelling down from Dundee. We always make sure we have the kettle on for thirsty travellers and, as we welcome them, it's interesting to hear their thoughts on Cheltenham (always complimentary!) - especially if it's their first visit here. A visitor's view of your hometown gives a fresh perspective, which is fascinating, and offers another reminder of Britain's richly diverse scenery and heritage.

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As soon as I saw the headline, I knew that it would be met with harrumphs of disgust in the Evergreen and This England office. It read: “Sugar police say ditch cake at work!” The story centred on the civil service employees who had been alerted to the fact that “office cake culture” could be seriously bad for their health because it would increase their intake of sugar. Naturally, it prompted a heated response and most of it was not sweet natured!

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Are you sitting comfortably? Then it’s time to switch on and tune into some television nostalgia. This is something we love doing in Evergreen’s regular "TV Memories" feature and if you read on you can discover exactly what our programme planners have got lined up for you in our spring issue, which is published on 1st March (click here for subscriptions).

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It is nearly four years since Evergreen and This England moved from our offices in the centre of bustling Cheltenham, to the quieter, leafy surroundings of The Lypiatts - just 10 minutes' walk away - in the town’s Lansdown area. We have settled into our “new” home really well, and its character and charm suit us perfectly. One thing that has struck me about The Lypiatts - or more precisely its setting and environment - is just how apt it is for both magazines. Our offices are set in landscaped grounds, surrounded by glorious trees and green, open spaces that reveal the splendour of the changing seasons, which is certainly something we love to reflect within the pages of Evergreen and This England.

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Did you see the headlines at the start of the week? They warned of a “Polar Blast”, an “Arctic Chill” and a “Big Freeze” heading our way. With each day that’s passed, television weather forecasters’ maps have shown white swirls and blobs (I’m sure there is a meteorological term for these things!) moving across Britain, and there was mention of “possible snowfall on high ground” and “even some lowland areas too”. Well, that just about covers us all then, or does it?

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Well, here we are at the start of a shiny new year! How is 2017 going for you so far? Dare I ask about those resolutions? In my family we made a collective resolution, as we raised our glasses to the accompaniment of Big Ben's midnight chimes, and that is for good health and happiness - and these are sentiments that I would like to extend to you all.

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By the time this blog is posted, on Friday 23rd December, I will be home for the holidays. I would like to think that I will be curled up by an open fire, with a good book and a glass of mulled wine, but I know that I will be dashing around in my petrol-powered sleigh delivering presents and frantically buying any last-minute supplies. There is, of course, one very important job that I also have to do and that is to decorate our Christmas tree. “That’s a bit late!” I hear you cry! Well, yes, to some it might be – notably many of our neighbours who unravelled their fairy lights and put up their trees several weeks ago. However, in our family, while we put certain decorations up early and display the cards, decorating the tree is something that takes place close to Christmas Eve. To us it seems to add to the significance and magic of the traditional 12-day celebration.

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The words “Happy” and “Merry” are especially prominent at this time of year as we send good wishes and glad tidings to friends and family both near and far. While this is to be expected as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, I always think that while it is a joyous occasion, for many people it can be a particularly difficult and lonely time. As well as those who are struggling with hardship and illness, there are others who are facing their first Christmas alone since the loss of a loved one or a dear friend. Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the poignant picture at the start of this blog, which is entitled "The Empty Chair" and was painted by our late art editor Colin Carr.

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Are you feeling festive yet? Whether you’re “Bah, humbug!” or full of seasonal cheer there is no denying that Christmas is a time for traditions. As we prepare to “deck the halls” here in the Evergreen and This England office (the boxes of decorations are being opened as I write), here is a compilation of Christmas customs to, hopefully, get you in the spirit of the season!

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