Month: December 2017

We wish you a Merry Christmas ……

 

The  presents are all wrapped and under the Christmas tree here at Proops and we are almost ready for Christmas.   We are all feeling very festive after having our annual Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Loros and the Linic and Proops Christmas Dinner and Skittles Championship!

Christmas Jumper day in aid of Loros, everyone got into the spirit and gave a donation to wear their jumpers!

We had a great staff night out with a meal and a game of skittles at our local pub.  It did get quite competitive during the skittles game but thankfully everyone is still on speaking terms!!

Presenting the Winners Trophy to the Champion ‘Skittler’, Darren who scooped the prize after scoring a perfect strike on his last throw!

We are working right up until Friday 22nd December and will be processing orders until 11am when the post leaves.  Unfortunately we cannot guarantee any delivery dates on orders placed this week as we are in the hands of Royal Mail and the courier companies and as both are so busy at this time of year, combined with holidays this inevitably results in everything taking a little longer to get to it’s destination.  Orders placed between Christmas and New Year will be processed, however, there could be a delay in dispatching over the bank holidays.

This has been a fantastic year and we would like to thank all of our customers for their support. We have more new products to list for 2018 and some new candle moulds in the pipeline so do come back and visit the website at the beginning of the year.

Our New Year’s resolutions are to continue to provide good customer care and quality products at a reasonable price.  We hope you will continue to shop with us.

Thanks for stopping by.  We hope you have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year.  See you all in 2018.

Isobel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Ball Bird Feeders

It’s that time of year when the birds may need a little extra nourishment and they love fat ball feeders. I use our sphere candle moulds to make mine, it’s the perfect shape and size and the wick hole is ideal to put the hanging string through, saves messing about cutting holes in yogurt pots or getting your hands covered with the greasy mixture.

I use the fat ball recipe from Gardener’s World.

What you will need:

  • Proops Sphere Candle Mould
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • String or Twine
  • Lard
  • Bird Seed Mix (you could also use raisins, currents, oats or peanuts – this is what I used)

Method:

Melt the lard in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the bird seed mix (or alternative), two parts bird seed to one part lard. Stir until all the mixture has been absorbed and the mixture sticks together.  Place a piece of string or twine through the hole in the bottom of the candle mould, long enough to hang the finished ball up with.  Pack both halves of the candle mould with the lard mixture then join the two halves together and place into the fridge overnight to set or for a quicker result put in the freezer. When set, remove the mould and hang your bird feeder in the garden.

  

Enjoy watching the birds with a cup of hot coffee, or better still a glass of mulled wine!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

 

Isobel

 

 

 

Visit from The Old Clock Club

Rowley’s Time Clock, 1890-1900

 

We had a visit at the end of last week from The Old Clock Club, Earl Shilton.  We began the evening with a hot drink and a browse around Proops shop while waiting for everyone to arrive.  Around 18 members of the Club came along for the evening.

The members were given a tour of the Linic factory and tool room with a stop off first to look at our very own old clock – a Rowley’s Time Clock dating from 1890-1900.

      

Lewis, our Shift Supervisor, explained the processes of the different machines in the factory and answered questions from the Club members.  It was interesting to hear the exchange of knowledge from such a diverse skill set, with many members having engineering backgrounds.

Following the factory tour, we returned to Proops shop for coffee and mince pies and a chance for the Club members to stock up on tools.

The Old Clock Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month in Elmersthorpe Village Hall. They describe themselves as “a social club for those having an interest in old clocks and watches” and members of the Club range from beginners to the more knowledgeable.  Each meeting has a speaker and/or a demonstration and there are usually a few trips to places of horological interest throughout the year.  Just some of the events planned in 2018 are a Victorian Lantern Show, a talk on Carriage Clocks and a Club outing to the BHI museum.  The Club welcomes anyone with an interest in clocks and watches.

We would like to thank the members of the Club for coming along, we very much enjoyed meeting them.  We would also like to thank them for their kind donation to Nic’s Charity Concert in aid of Loros.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.

 

Isobel