December (6)

Well, my Christmas Visitor came and went.  We had a lovely time, doing things that I don’t normally have time to do.  There was some of this:

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We had a trip to London, to the Glorious Albert Hall…..

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…. to see a Christmas Concert.  It’s always a treat to go there, and if you’ve never been, put it on your list….

We also went to the Symphony Hall at Birmingham to see another Christmas Concert. Another lovely venue, and well worth a visit.  We called into the new Birmingham Library, which is quite breathtaking for different reasons.  If you’re in Birmingham, go there, you won’t be disappointed. 

And now, she’s gone, back to the North East to continue her festivities no doubt. 

Me?  I’ll probably have some more of this:

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Mulled wine!  Maybe with some of this, – Christmas cake decorated by the birthday girl – apparently the first time in her 85 years that she has iced a cake!

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You’re never too old!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

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(Atrium in John Lewis)

December (5)

Got the birthday girl coming the day after tomorrow.  Got the cake, got the presents, almost got the decorations up.  (Does it take everyone else three days to decorate their house for Christmas?)  That’s only the inside, as well.  Well, apart from this on the front door:

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It’s nearly all systems go, with a day and a half to spare until the arrival.  (No, not that arrival, the arrival of the birthday girl.)

December (4)

Yippee!  It’s the holidays!

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Tree up, SOME shopping done, the rest will have to be completed in the FOUR remaining shopping days before Christmas.  Oh, and I have a birthday to plan (85 year old mother this Christmas Day).  Got the sparklers for the cake…..

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Got the champagne…  Just got to sort out the rest now ….

December (3)

Well, the dreaded ‘O’ word is over, just in time for the end of term, and Christmas.  We did well.  Everyone worked so hard and pulled out all the stops.  So, time to relax – at last. 

Look what I got for my Secret Santa:

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A bouquet of handmade paper flowers!  Made by the very talented Suzi Mclaughlin

Check out her work – it’s stunning.

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Now for a weekend of Christmas shopping, and other nice things…

December (2)

A few years ago – well, actually, QUITE a few years ago, somebody bought me this for Christmas, (you know who you are!), part of a naff Christmas present swap:

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Marguerrite Patten, with a little recipe book for Christmas.  It has such 1980s delights as:

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Old English Trifle and Creme Brulee – who could forget?  There are other delicacies too, such as this:

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Very acceptable-in-the-eighties Quiche.  Or how about this:

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Canapes!  Could it get any better, I hear you ask?  Well, yes actually, it could.   What about….Image

However, the laugh is on me, because, although it was meant to be a naff present, it also has this:

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Shortbread!  And it’s a good recipe too.  Plus, there’s this:

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And also, this little gem has a secret to behold.

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Can you spot it?  A back up – just in case the written recipes are difficult to follow, there’s this:

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Now, isn’t that something?  A cassette tape with full details!  No distracting DVDs, but plain old, LISTENING instructions!

Ho, ho, ho, – the laugh was on me!  It was a fantastic present, still used to this day!

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December

Here we are again – December!  I need to stat looking around for a new calendar.  December picture:Image

I love the little birds in this image.

I’ve been really busy in the past month.  I got my novel finished.  Maybe, one day, it will get published, who knows?  I made my secret Santa, for my swimming buddy at work:

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Turned out better than I thought, seeing as I’m not really a knitter.  It was really good fun to do, though, and my swim buddy liked it.  I thought that I would be able to relax this weekend, take it easy, eat chocolate, drink wine, but NO, not to be…….

We’ve got the dreaded ‘O’ word next week.  New mantra ‘Deep breaths now, and get plenty of swimming in to destress.’