New shipment from Maileg has arrived!

maileg-rabbits

A new shipment from Maileg has arrived!

We love these whimsical creations!  We have another family of mice, who’re resting peacefully after their long journey from far away…

Maileg Miceand when they wake up, Mama Mouse will make some dinner on her stove using food from her ‘fridge,  These mice are savvy travelers… they came prepared!

Maileg Doll House Furnitureand  then after dinner…

Maileg Havana Cigar BoxPapa Mouse is going to have a Havana cigar!  It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it… if Papa Mouse didn’t have cigars, where on earth would the family sleep?

maileg-assorted-toysFor more Maileg Mouse Adventures come into the store and take home your own darling little mouse family!

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Flavors of Fall Cooking Class Reminder

Spiced Poached Pear

Reminder: Register for the “Flavors of Fall” hands on cooking class at Brambles Bistro.

Chef John Walls of House of Walls Culinary Magic will be holding  a class before Christmas, and more are being scheduled for 2016.

This makes a fabulous gift and gift cards are available.  Space is limited, so register soon.  Here are the details of the November class:

CLASS DETAILS:

When: November 24th, 2015
Where: Brambles Bistro
Theme: FALL COMFORTS

PAN FRIED ROCK FISH

Menu:

Italian Cabbage Bread Soup
With sage butter
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Pan Fried Rockfish
With sautéed zucchini and carrot reduction
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Spiced Poached Pear
With cinnamon, vanilla, coriander, star anise.
Topped with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
~

TO book your spot or enquire: call 604-856 9339, or visit us at the Store.

 

Gardening Is Good For You

Gardening is good for you and you don’t need ‘green thumbs’ to experience the benefits.

Horticultural TherapyPsychologists have done a number of studies that show how therapeutic gardening can be.

Whether you’re stressed out, suffer from depression or other mental affliction such as post traumatic stress disorder, gardening can be helpful.  The number of Horticultural Therapy locations springing up globally attest to the fact.

It’s not just adults who find gardening therapeutic.  Children are also positively impacted. Gardening is a slow, stable, non judgmental pursuit that beautifully illustrates the law of sowing and reaping. Planting seeds, watering them, watching them sprout their first green leaves above the ground, tending them patiently and finally reaping the reward of a flower or fruit does something inside us.  It’s so elemental. So ‘right’. It calls to something deep within us affirming life and goodness.

Psychologists believe that children who are exposed to gardens and become involved in gardening become settled and secure. Gardens provide a stable environment that doesn’t change quickly. It’s a place where they can let their guard down and allow their inner selves to heal and become whole.  Travis Slagle, a Horticultural Therapy Association member and land supervisor at Pacific Quest  says that children involved in gardens are building a community and learning to engage in conversation.  He says that gardens provide an opportunity for them to learn life lessons including how to problem solve in the immediate while planning for the future.  They can plant, grow, harvest, sell and cook produce such as fruits and vegetables.  Cash earned can be saved and donated to charity.  The whole cycle of life is covered during the gardening process.

Psychologists have also discovered that convicts who participate in gardening are less likely to revert to bad behaviour once they are released from prison.  They’ve also found that gardening helps promote a positive outlook amongst people who are ill.

Using gardening as a non invasive therapy doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t need to cost a lot.  It’s something you can do at home, even in an apartment or in a climate where gardening is seasonal.

It can be as small a project as a single potted plant, or a container garden or as ambitious as a special section within your garden, or an entire garden. You can begin any time of the year with simple indoor projects if your climate doesn’t support planting during the colder months.

If this is something that interests you, either for yourself, your children or your community, come in and chat with us.  We can help you with ideas and get you started at whatever level you like.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3372556/
http://www.bhg.com/health-family/mind-body-spirit/natural-remedies/a-therapeutic-garden/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/02/17/147050691/can-gardening-help-troubled-minds-heal
https://secure.hmon.net/ahta/publications/index.cfm?cat=JOTH
http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/07/08/why.gardening.good/
http://www.bhg.com/health-family/mind-body-spirit/natural-remedies/a-therapeutic-garden/

More Roger’s Chocolates Have Arrived!

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More Roger’s Chocolates have arrived in our store!

These delicious chocolates are now available in lovely, festive Christmas theme tins and also in Advent Calendars.

Rogers Chocolate Advent CalenderThe Roger’s Chocolate Advent Calendar

helps little ones (and chocoholics!) count down the days until Christmas!  Calendars feature this gorgeous Christmas scene “Snow Day” and, of course, the smooth milk chocolates you love.

Rogers Christmas Angels TinThe Roger’s Chocolate “Christmas Angel” Tin

makes a wonderful gift  Not only will the chocolates be appreciated, but so will this delightful keepsake tin!  This small seasonal tin contains a selection of milk and dark chocolates including mini creams, a mini bar, Empress Square and 2 chocolate-covered almonds.

Come in and take a look at these and other Rogers Chocolate products available right now!

Ladies Soiree – An Entertaining Evening

ladies soiree at Tanglebank

Our annual Ladies Soiree will be held on Tuesday,  November 10th between 6 and 8pm.

If you’ve ever attended one of our popular Ladies Soiree’s you’ll know that it’s a fun and entertaining evening.  If you haven’t, then now’s your chance!

Enjoy an entertaining evening of  

  • Holiday Floral  Decorating demonstration,
  • Floral Design demonstration
  • Holiday Entertaining: Appie demonstrations

Come and have fun sampling delicious appies and wine!  We’ll give you behind-the-scenes demonstrations where you’ll see exactly how to make the appies plus you’ll learn the secrets for creating beautiful floral designs and decorating for the holidays.

Besides the wine and delicious hor d’ouerves, there will be great door prizes and we’re going to have secret surprise sales to help you prepare in style for your holiday festivities!

It’s for just one evening only and tickets sell out fast as seating is limited and it’s one of our most popular events! Purchase your tickets today. It’s only $20 per ticket and you’ll have loads of fun! Call 604 856 9339 or stop by the store.

ladies soiree at Tanglebank

Look what’s in store for Christmas!

Inge Glas Ornaments

Look what’s in store for Christmas!

We have some very special items waiting here for you to discover – such as:

Christian Ulbricht Nutcrackers

Christian Ulbricht Nutcrackers

 

and Christian Ulbricht Pyramides:

Christian Ulbricht Pyramides

and… the very special

Inge Glas Christmas Ornaments:

Here’s a close up of a few…

Inge Glas Ornaments1and here’s a look at a some Christmas trees fully decked out with Inge Glas: A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!

inge-glas-christmas2It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas around here!  Come in, check it out, pick out some beautiful Christmas ornaments and get a few special gifts for those ‘hard to buy for’ people on your list.  When you’ve shopped till you’re ready to drop, sit down, relax and have some breakfast, brunch or lunch in Brambles Bistro!  It’ll be fun!

 

Warm your garden up for Winter

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If you’re concerned that things are going to look a little drab in a month or two, now’s the time to do some planting so that you warm your garden up for winter.

A good way to get a little ‘sunshine’ in your garden during those long, wet and dark winter months, is to introduce some gold.  Gold foliage evergreens are low maintenance, yet they add a warm, vibrant feel to what could otherwise be a very monotonous landscape of dark brown, grey and green.

polar_gold_arborvitaeThere are a few options when it comes to gold foliage. The most well known are the conifers such as Polar Gold™ arborvitae, a 12-15’ (3.6-4.5 m) golden pyramid which is wonderful as hedging, if you have the space. If you don’t have that much space or just want something a little smaller,  ‘Filip’s Magic Moment,’ is also a golden pyramid, but it’s a lot smaller and sports striking yellow fan-like foliage. It grows slowly, eventually reaching around 6-8’.  It is a very stylish alternative to the plain green conifers we see so often in our B.C. front and back yards.  Another variety of this plant is Anna’s Magic Ball™ arborvitae which is perfect if you want something even littler. This compact and pretty plant grows into a 10-15” (25-38 cm) golden ball which is quite delightful as an accent in a winter garden. Both of these dwarf conifers are also very suitable for planting in winter window boxes or containers. They’re the ‘no fuss’ solution to liven up the winter months.

euonymus_goldyIf you’re not fond of conifers, but you’d still like some gold in your garden, then try  winter creeper euonymus. This is a very versatile and showy, glossy-leafed plant which is often grown as a ground cover, climber, or even small shrub.

The colorful foliage makes it a popular choice.  The new Goldy™ euonymus is pure gold as opposed to previous varieties which are mostly variegated. As you’ll have noticed with many plants sporting yellow foliage, the yellow is brightest on new growth. However Goldy™ gives a wonderful show with it’s cheerful chartreuse-lime leaves throughout the coldest months of winter, warming up your winterscape nicely.

We’re fortunate here that our winters are fairly mild which gives us additional choices such as the beautiful Sicilian Sunshine™ bay laurel. This wonderful shrub has the most delicious fragrant foliage – think of the bay leaves in your spice rack!  It’s also an evergreen shrub and very low maintenance.  On this particular variety, the new growth appears in a lovely lemon-yellow on bright red stems for an immediate and showy impact that gets attention and compliments every time it’s spotted. Sicilian Sunshine™ can also be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill brightening up your winter days no matter how wet, grey or chilly the weather outside.

Come in to Tanglebank Gardens and ask us to show you all the different options you have to make your winter garden just as beautiful and fun to look at as it ever is in Spring and Summer.  Come in soon, Fall is perfect for planting!

 

Why Natural BeesWax Candles Are Good For You

honey beeswax candles

Most of us love candles. That’s why they’re one of the most popular gifts. But, did you know that Honey BeesWax Candles are actually good for you?

It’s true.  Here’s a comparison between a natural beeswax candle and one of those ‘el-cheapo’s’ from your favorite frugal store:

Honey BeesWax Candles  

  • will purify the air
  • will continue to release natural fragrances
  • will burn without dripping when trimmed and not in a draft
  • will last 3x longer as they burn at a slower rate
  • will not go rancid
  • non allegenic
  • costs only pennies an hour to burn

El Cheapo

  • will pollute the air
  • will begin releasing artificial fragrance followed by petroleum smell
  •  will burn without dripping only with the aid of harmful additives
  • burn out quickly
  • paraffin candles won’t either, but then you’re burning paraffin… other natural based candles will go rancid unless preserved with harmful additives
  • can trigger allergies
  • contains phthalates, a hazardous chemical known to cause harmful abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems and allergies.

You might be surprised at hearing that natural beeswax candles can purify the air.

It is true, though.  It has been proven that they improve indoor air quality and they do this by producing negative ions.  Negative ions have the same effect as indoor house plants and electronic ionizers that are used for this purpose.

Those negative ions help to reduce dust and allergens in the air.

Burning beeswax also helps stimulate the pituitary gland. This increases intuition, creativity and dream activity. In fact, some people burn a beeswax candle before they go to sleep as it helps them have a deep and restful sleep. If you suffer from insomnia, this might be worth trying!

Another cool thing about natural beeswax candles is that when they burn, they produce a light that is the closest you’ll find to natural sunlight.  And who couldn’t do with a bit more sunlight, especially as we go into Fall and Winter?

It’s pretty obvious which choice is best when you compare all the facts.  Next time you’re deciding on which candle to choose, or wondering why beeswax candles may cost a little more than the ‘El Cheapo’ variety, remember this article.  You definitely get what you pay for.  Most of the lower cost candles are really very bad for you and for the environment.

Wouldn’t you rather burn a candle knowing that the fragrance is all natural essence?  We definitely would. That’s what motivated us to carry the Honey Beeswax Candle collection in our store.  Besides being known as the ‘Cadillac’ of candles, they’re made here in B.C. in the Kootnay’s using sustainable business practices and manufacturing techniques.

Nothing but pure, natural goodness is good enough for our customers!

Flavors of Fall: Hands On Cooking Classes

Flavors of Fall Hands On Cooking Classes

We’re excited to announce the “Flavors of Fall” series of hands on cooking classes at Brambles Bistro.

Chef John Walls of House of Walls Culinary Magic will be holding  2 classes before Christmas, and more are being scheduled for 2016.

This makes a fabulous gift and gift cards are available.  Space is limited, so register soon.  Here are the details of the next 2 classes:

FIRST CLASS:

When: October 21st, 2015
Where: Brambles Bistro
Theme: AUTUMN HARVEST

Menu:

Pear and Apple Salad
With endive and Roquefort vinaigrette
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Risotto
With squash, carrots, mushrooms and goat cheese
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Fresh Mussels
With sautéed mushrooms, leeks, thyme, white wine & cream
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Spiced Poached Pear

SECOND CLASS:

When: November 24th, 2015
Where: Brambles Bistro
Theme: FALL COMFORTS

Menu:

Italian Cabbage Bread Soup
With sage butter
~
Pan Fried Rockfish
With sautéed zucchini and carrot reduction
~
Spiced Poached Pear
With cinnamon, vanilla, coriander, star anise.
Topped with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
~

TO book your spot or enquire: call 604-856 9339, or visit us at the Store.