So that was Christmas…

ALL good things must come to an end.

Despite the best intentions of Wizzard, it isn’t Christmas every day, however much we all wish it was.

And come January it’s back to reality with a bump. Work beckons, the kids are back at school, the days are getting longer.

So let Pines and Needles ease those post-Yuletide blues by letting us take care of your tree’s disposal.

Pines and Needles offer three services.

The BUDGET collection costs £29.95 and enables us to remove your undecorated tree from outside your property. You will receive a text message confirmation with your driver’s details on the day of collection.

For £5 more you can enjoy the STANDARD collection where you choose the date and time for collection. We will collect your tree, collect your mess and recycle it – just make you’ve removed everything from it first.

Finally, for £64.95 we offer our PREMIUM collection where, once again, you choose your preferred date and time.

A text message confirmation with your driver’s details will be sent on the day.

We take all of the decorations off the tree, wrap them in tissue and boxes, undress the lights and stow them away, clean up all the fallen needles and remove the tree for recycling.

See, it’s that easy.

And, just think, it a few months time it’ll be Christmas all over again…

Skating your way into Christmas

Ice Skating is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas coming, and there’s no better place to do it than London. We’ve hunted high and low for the prettiest and most popular places to skate, and here’s the list!

Tower of London

Another stunning backdrop of the Tower itself, it’s located in a dry moat! You can’t beat the beautifully historic trip down memory lane, and adding in the festivities makes it all the more special!

Broadgate Ice Rink

After moving to Exchange square a couple of years ago Broadgate is now one of the most popular ice rinks in London. You can book as groups, or even lessons, it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours at the weekend!

 

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Looking for that perfect Instagram photo? This ice rink is the answer! Situated with the perfect Hampton Court Palace behind it, it is the perfect place for that photographic moment!

Natural History Museum

Another beautiful backdrop, the Natural History Museum was the first to turn festive in London this year. The gorgeous tree, mixed with the beautiful fairy lights and stunning building can’t help but make you feel festive. There’s even a smaller rink for children who may need a little bit of practise before braving the big rink!

Winter Wonderland

In the centre of London’s most festive park, the Winter Wonderland ice rink screams ‘Santa’s coming’ louder than Will Ferell in Elf. So if you fancy a bustling festive park with a whole heap of different Christmas acitivites, Winter Wonderland is the place for you!

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Situated right in the middle of the business district, this one is perfect for after-hours skating! Teamed with a pop-up bar and restaurant it’s the perfect end to a working day, get skating!

 

Somerset House

The epitome of Christmas in London, when you think Ice RInk you think Somerset House. Beautifully decorated by Fortnum & Mason, the lodge offers afternoon tea’s, champagne and club nights! It’s definitely THE place to be this season.

 

Making sure your tree survives Christmas!

JOHN Terry has done it, Holly Willoughby has done it twice, Britney Spears did it again, obviously, and Kelly Osbourne even climbed a ladder to do it.
Don’t be left behind with dressing your Christmas Tree. Now is the time to get festive and imaginative.
But it’s not just about baubles, lights and tinsel…how do you ensure your tree survives Christmas without withering away to a sad, barren collection of branches?
Especially when the biggest trend of 2016 has been to get the tree up even earlier in some of the most wintry conditions we have had in years.
Yes the heating is on full blast all day as frosty scenes charm outside – tough conditions for your tree out of its cool outdoor environment.
Preservation of the Pine is everything this year but we have all the tips you need to keep your fir looking fabulous all the way through the festivities.
But do take more care than usual and follow our advice.
Here’s our guide to ensuring your tree is still looking the business come the 12th Day of Christmas.
TRIM THE TRUNK: Just before you plant your tree, saw off 3cm from the bottom. This enables the tree to ‘drink’ water through its pores.
TEMPER YOUR TEMPERATURE: Trees don’t like drastic changes in temperature.
STEP AWAY FROM THE FIRE: Trees don’t do heat. So don’t place your finest fir right next to a radiator or open fire. Keep it fresh.
KEEP IT WATERED: Place your tree in plain water – not soil, not sand. Opt for a proper Christmas Tree stand.
GET THE PINTS IN: Your tree drinks. A lot. Two to three pints per day should do the trick. And keep topping it up if the levels drop.