Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas at Quercus and Whitmuir

I can't believe it's that time of year again, not quite sure where 2015 has gone. Well half of it went in buying and re launching the nursery I guess. So here we are at the end of November, I've baked the christmas cake, made the mincemeat and started to think about christmas presents. Here at the nursery we've been coming up with small gifts we can sell that fit in with what the nursery is about; sustainability, recycling, quirkiness and good value.

Christmas at Quercus and Whitmuir

For the next few weekends up to Christmas we will be have a "pop up shop" in the Whitmuir building selling Christmas gifts, my photographs and plants. At least I'll be warm and have plenty lovely coffee. My favourite gift is the young Christmas trees, after all a tree should be for life and beyond, not just for Christmas. They make great gifts for kids, who can measure themselves against the tree every year, as it and they grow together.

Christmas gifts from Quercus Garden Plants

Plants, antiques and photographs, a quirky mix

Within the building at Whitmuir is the Dancing Light Gallery where Dee has some lovely art and sculpture for sale. From paintings to pottery, scarves to jewellery, there is something for everyone. I can recommend the conker by Robin Fox, which I was given for my birthday, he has a range of Robins on wood in the gallery, as well as the conkers. His website is here.

The Dancing Light gallery has beautiful art for that
special person in your life

The Edinburgh larder cafe has a great winter menu, guaranteed to warm you up. With locally sourced ingredients, many from the farm, you can be sure of healthy and filling food. Their hot chocolate, coffee and cakes are well recommended too. The Larder launches their Christmas menu tonight with a dinner and jazz evening here at Whitmuir. Every Friday night you can have the opportunity to dine here and sample their interesting and tasty festive food. See The larder website for details here.

The Christmas tree is up in the cafe

Outside in the farm steading Andrew Rennie has his Wood Shack. He creates beautiful pieces of art, both decorative and useful from wood and reclaimed objects. He also does bespoke furniture, mantle pieces and mirrors crafted from Scottish wood. You can visit his website here

Finally, the farm shop stocks a broad range of organic and sustainable food, with a lot of the vegetables coming from the farm itself. From Whitmuir farm organically reared pork and lamb to locally sourced beef and venison, organic dairy to your cupboard staples, organic wines to a lovely range of fair trade and organic chocolate, organic fruit and veg. They also stock wooden toys, gifts and toiletries. See the website here.

The chocolate shelf in the Whitmuir shop


Why not try an organic wine for Christmas?




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