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Holly & Ivy

Given our woodland connections, we’re always fascinated to find out how traditions involving plants and greenery came about. Last year we looked at mistletoe, so this year we’ve turned our attention to holly and ivy as well as some other festive flora. As with most traditions, using holly and ivy to decorate homes came about…

Mantelpiece Make-over For Christmas

Stockings hang from it and crooners croon by it – where would we be without our mantelpiece at Christmas? Making it look festively fancy is one of the highlights of decorating your home in December. So, we’ve found some of the best ideas out there to share with you lovely people. First things first, and…

The Fragrance of The Moment

Feu du Bois, Pinion, Palo Santo & Oudh are just some of the must-have fragrances that have exploded in popularity in recent years. One thing they all have in common is the fact they are wood-based scents, often with an added smoky aroma. So why is the smell of wood smoke such a timeless fragrance…

Winter Woodland Break

The countdown to Christmas has begun with all the big stores competing for the cutest, heartstring-twanging, most festive advertising campaign of 2017. A jaunt to a European city to take in a Christmas market is one way of escaping the seasonal UK kerfuffle. Alternatively, you could retreat to a cabin in the woods and take…

The Gun Powder, Treason & Plot

If you’ve been watching Gun Powder, the BBC’s serialisation about Guy Fawkes, his cronies and their attempt to blow up Parliament, the background to Bonfire Night will be that much clearer. But how did the tradition of burning effigies of the ill-fated Catholic come to pass and why don’t we do it these days? It…

Fired Up for Halloween

Bonfire Night follows swiftly on the heels of Halloween, which nowadays has become another retail opportunity for party shops and supermarkets to make a fortune selling spooky costumes and creepy candy. However, long before Guy Fawkes’ dastardly plot to blow up parliament, bonfires were very much part of Halloween celebrations. Halloween has its origins in…

Wood Piles and Other Things

It’s said that wood keeps you warm three times – chopping it, stacking it and burning it. Whilst Certainly Wood takes care of the first two on the list, how and where you stack your wood is down to you. Some people have turned it into an art form, but for those of us without…

How To Hygge Your Hearth

Hygge was all the Nordic rage last year and the media went mad for it. In reality, the concept boils down to making your home cosy and comfortable for you and anyone who drops by. It goes without saying that a kiln-dried log fire is a must, but what else is essential to this Danish…

Choosing A Stove

As winter approaches, we’re often contacted by people wanting advice on stoves, keen to establish how safe they are. Either they’re thinking about buying one for the first time or they’ve inherited a stove with the house they’ve bought. If a stove meets legal requirements, is properly installed by a registered engineer and maintained regularly,…

Our Favourite Places to Camp

To us, camping isn’t camping unless you’re able to sit around a fire at night idly dreaming of not very much at all. But nowadays, not every camp site in the UK will allow you to build a fire. So, we’ve taken a look at ten of our favourite places to camp (and some even…

Summer in the woods

We’ve been talking to our resident woodsman, Will Jackson, about what’s happening in the woods now summer is here, as well as finding out what to look out for on your forest forays.     What work needs doing in the woods in summer? At the moment we’re pruning the lower branches of trees. This…

BBQs, Bits & Pieces

  It’s all in the detail, so they say. That’s why we’ve decided to take a look at what’s on offer out there in the way of BBQs and accessories that offer a little bit more. From our own delightfully-vintage looking Faltovn, to cutlery designed in the 60s that still looks contemporary today, we’ve reviewed…

Recipes from Feli’s Bar & Restaurant

We’ve been going BBQ bonkers down at Certainly Wood HQ lately, courtesy of the recent burst of knock-out weather we’ve had. However, our culinary skills extend to a few sausages and burgers most of the time. But what do proper chefs cook on the BBQ? Over the Malvern Hills and not far away (well, in…

BBQ Beyond Britain

As soon as the sun shines in the UK, the air is filled with the smell of sizzling sausages as everyone rushes to make the most of the good weather with a BBQ. In comparison to many countries around the world, we’re barbecue beginners. Of course, everyone knows that the Aussies are big barby fans…

Herefordshire’s Home-grown Festival

Nozstock – The Hidden Valley is a family-run, family-friendly and home-made festival set within a working farm in stunning rural Herefordshire. Father and daughter, Noz and Ella, curate one of the country’s most charming and beguiling festivals, surrounded by the endless rolling hills of Herefordshire.   They have created a world away from reality –…

Where Can I See Snowdrops?

The start to the year can seem a little bleak, given summer is but a distant thought coupled with the inevitable days of endless rain. Thank heavens for snowdrops – they are usually the first perennials to pop up and end the monotony of an otherwise hibernating landscape.   Snow far .. The botanical name…

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue

What’s The Language Of Flowers? Read On, We’ll Tell You. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s always one of the busiest times of the year for florists. Roses are the traditional choice of flowers to send to your loved one. But why is this and do different coloured roses mean different things?…

What’s in the cards?

A good game of cards by a roaring fire is a Christmas ‘must’ for many families that seems to have been carried into January this year within ours.     Whilst losing yet another hand of Whist the other night, I tried diversionary tactics by turning the discussion to the four suits found in a…

What’s with Wassailing?

If the January blues have started to set in now that the Christmas and New Year’s festivities are over and done with, then a quick wassail might be just what you need to perk you up. So, grab a bowl full of mead, a group of friends and head for your nearest orchard on Twelfth…

The Hearth of Christmas

Santa comes down it, we hang our stockings by it and we burn the Yule Log in it – so why is the fireplace at the heart of our homes when it comes to so many of our wonderful Christmas traditions? Certainly Wood takes a look at all the seemingly-crazy things we do to celebrate the…