Christmas gifts of the day: 2017 calendars

Selection of 2017 calendars | H is for Home

Whether you need a little desk calendar just for your own work appointments or a jumbo wall calendar for all the family to jot down all their activities we’ve found some 2017 calendars for you!

We keep our calendar just inside our front door on a thin bit of wall above where we hang our keys. We tend to choose ones with flora or fauna illustrations by indie artists such as this one we had a few years ago by Gail Kelly.

We’re just off to order ourselves the Matt Sewell birds calendar – we already have some of his illustrated books – and this will be just the right fit for our narrow little space!

Cakes & Bakes: Black bread

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Sliced & buttered home-made black bread with a mug of tea

We recently bought a box of mixed ephemera at auction.

Vintage Esso wall calendar from 1958

There were quite a few vintage calendars in the box including this charming Esso calendar dating from 1958. Each month is represented by a traditional activity for the time of year…

Black bread recipe on a wall calendar from 1958

…and on the reverse is a recipe from a different county of the UK. I liked the sound of the black bread from Buckinghamshire so decided to test it out for this week’s Cakes & Bakes.

Black bread ingredients

I’m not sure whether it actually hails from Buckinghamshire or not, I couldn’t find any mention of a ‘Buckinghamshire black bread’ on the internet anywhere. Have you ever heard of it?

Adding treacle to the other black bread ingredients

From its list of ingredients, I presumed it would be a sweet bread, perfect for having with an afternoon cup of tea.

Black bread dough before putting it into the oven

It was really easy to rustle up, I already had everything in the store cupboard. It was quick too, no waiting for the dough to rise; just mix, into a tin and in the oven – job done!

Home-made black bread loaf

I’ve changed the original cooking temperature and duration. The top began to look a little too ‘black’ and it was definitely fully cooked after an hour.

Sliced & buttered home-made black bread loaf

It’s reminiscent of malt loaf but less sticky and more… treacley! We had a few slices with a healthy layering of butter – divine!

If you fancy giving this recipe a try you can pin it from here for later!

Etsy List: Welcome to 2015

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'Welcome to 2015' Etsy List curated by H is for HomeWelcome to 2015
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2015 is only a couple of days away, have you got yourself a planner for the new year yet? Do you rely on a calendar, year planner, journal or diary? Whichever you’re after, you’ll find something to suit in this week’s Etsy List.

From a beautiful set of letterpress coasters (who doesn’t love a multi-purpose calendar that’s still going to be useful in 2016?) to font-tastic framed artworks; an upcycled classic children’s book to a personalised leather-bound journal. My favourite of the bunch has to be the miniature typewriter desk calendar, it’s instantly downloadable and a snip at less than a fiver!

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Gail Kelly calendar

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black & white cover of Gail Kelly's 2013 calendar featuring a linocut oak tree and acorns

Yes, it’s March, but we’ve only just got round to getting ourselves a 2013 calendar. We have high standards & requirements, you see, when it comes to choosing our annual calendar – it needs to be long & narrow as it has to fit the little strip of wall just inside the front door…

Gail Kelly's 2013 calendar hanging in our porch with white jug of yellow tulips and small vintage milk bottles

…it also needs to be attractive – no fluffy, cutesy pictures of animals much as we love them; no pop stars (Justin Bieber or Cliff Richard just won’t cut the mustard!); no artistic/moody/atmospheric shots of castles/ruins/seascapes/mountains; no humour (who wants to hear the same joke every day for a month?). We trawled Etsy, Folksy and Notonthehighstreet and eventually came across this Gail Kelly calendar.

wild cherry tree black & white linocut illustration beech tree black & white linocut illustration
willow tree black & white linocut illustration apple tree black & white linocut illustration

We first fell in love with Gail’s linocut illustrations when we saw her at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate about 5 years ago. We’ve been stocking her tree greeting cards at H is for Home ever since!