Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas Give Away

Yay, December is here!
And in honour of all things festive, I've a small give away for you.
It's the time of year for lists, lists and more lists, 
so how about a small (5"x 3" approximately), but cute notebook to write your lists in?
I have six up for grabs.  Internationals welcome.
Leave a comment.
Tell me something you love about the Christmas season.
Winners drawn on 3rd December at Noon GMT.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Me on Monday

It's been a let's see how big the new tree really is, 
a let's see if the lights still work,
and a free Mulled Wine, don't mind if I do 
kind of Monday.
 And it's looking good for the rest of the week.
Me on Monday is Sian's idea and you can see more here.

Sunday, 29 November 2015


After the excitement of yesterday afternoon (and more than a little drama),
we had a much quieter day today.
Dog walking, cafe visiting,
pizza dough making, homework finishing
and Christmas wreath hanging.
Simple, easy, good.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Christmas Party that Wasn't

You can't call it a Christmas party if you hold it in November, can you?
The kids turned up in their Christmas jumpers.
The plates and napkins were Christmas themed.
I suppose that makes it a Christmas party, doesn't it.
I had thought to take photos throughout the afternoon.
Didn't happen.
But I did get the required group shot.
Christmas party or not, it was a great afternoon.  

Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Baubles, Pizza & Laughter

The friend-who's-like-my-brother and I met up in town late yesterday afternoon
Where there was fun to had with a camera and a bauble.
 Somerset House was home to the Navy Board and is still home to the Nelson Stairs.
They are perhaps the most beautiful piece of craftsmanship that I have ever seen.
The FWLMB is a 24 year Navy man and he was in awe at the thought of walking in the 
footsteps of Admiral Lord Nelson.
As ex-RAF, I was thinking, "whatever" ... just joking. 
 Adding to the enjoyment of our evening was the arrival of my cousin. 
 She'd come to town for work and we were happy to have her join us
and then come with us to spend the night.{We were rather full in suburbia last night.}
We checked out the Oxford Street Christmas lights before
heading for pizza and beer.

We laughed and talked and laughed some more.
We should do it much more often.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Who Am I Kidding?

All month long I've been telling myself that it's ages to Christmas.
The delivery of the Christmas tree this morning finally put paid to that idea
(although I was expecting delivery next week).
There's also the small matter of how many Christmas cards I have written.
And that this evening, I will be checking out the Christmas lights in the West End.
Christmas is almost here, no matter what I think.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Give | A Year of Giving

With our American family and friends celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow,
today seemed the ideal time to reflect on almost a year of giving
In January I wrote about what the word could mean for us.
In April I looked back on the first quarter of the year.
What can I conclude from almost a year of giving?
That I was already giving a lot.
That I added more to my plate.
That sometimes things got lost along the way;
like making personal phone calls regularly
and making more time to be still.
With December around the corner, I know that I have lived our word this year.
And can begin the process of listening for a new word in 2016.

One Little Word is Ali Edwards' idea and you can see more here.  

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Easy Christmas Decor #2

We have plans to see Santa at some point over the next few weeks.
I suspect that we may be coming to an end of those magical visits,
and with that in mind, I gathered up all the Santa visit photos
and turned them into a Christmas decoration.
I ordered a 4x4 picture frame from that well known online giant,
and I used the backing sheet that came with it as the size template.
 I printed the photos at 6x4 and then trimmed to fit. 
 The actual size worked at 10.2x10.2 cms.
 The photos were placed fairly randomly and I filled in the blanks
 with Christmas themed paper and embellishments.
I used re-positional glue so that I can add this year's photo
(and next year's, if I'm lucky).
Before putting the montage into the frame, I cleaned its glass.
And that was it; done in around 30 minutes
I copied this idea from Elise and you can see her original post here.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Me on Monday

It was a 
"Care to join me for coffee and a free pudding?"
kind of Monday.
So I did, 
and it helped.

 This post is adapted from
Me on Monday, which is the lovely Sian's idea 
and you can see more here.  

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Things He Says | The Lucky Me Edition

"Luckily you've got one child ... and it's me!"