Friday, 28 December 2007

Christmas Piccies

Our Christmas Tree

Home made fudge and biscuits

Our Advent Wreath on Christmas day

Candy Canes

The Dresser in my kitchen

Stepping Back in Time

Back in September I booked tickets to take the family to the open air museum near to our home. It is set in the mid to late Victorian era and to say that I love to go there is probably the understatement of the year. They are normally closed at this time of the year but had openened for a ticket only Victorian Christmas event. We collected the children from school and drove straight there, the poor children had to get changed in the car when we got there. I am not sure who was more excited, the children or me. Ok I think that it was me. Anyway, when we got there we were served hot mulled wine, juice for the kids and either mince pies or donuts. And then we made our way to............

Your transport awaits to take you back in time

You can either take the bus or the open air tram

Upon arrival to the Town, Santa awaits to see you

The Town, all lit up and busy. Carol singers singing,
Hot mulled wine and Hot Roasted Chestnuts for your pleasure

Your cold? Perhaps we should get warm by the Range.

With no electricity thought, this is how dark it actually
was without the flash

Perhaps we should go next door into the Parlour
There is a roaring fire and Gas lighting.

Back down to the market square to listen to the band

Perhaps we should have a look around the shops

Or perhaps we should go back to the house
This was the most wonderful evening, if there is another one next year I WILL BE THERE.
It is like opening a Charles Dickes book and jumping right inside. The gifts the children received from Santa were authentic, Diablos. There were stalls selling a variety of goods, I couldnt resist and bought a kit to make a Rag rug. I think that it will go into the kitchen when I get around to making it.

Thursday, 27 December 2007


Christmas was wonderful, there were some slight hicups along the way but the Holidays were still wonderful.
The children enjoyed opening gifts and spending time with both of our families. It was nice for all of the children to get together and play, this is quite rare for them all to be at the same place at the same time so fun was had by all.

I guess that the dampner for the holidays was that we all have a cold bug which resulted in my poor hubby spending christmas day fternoon asleep in the chair and the next two days in bed. He sadly missed going to my sisters house and been with all of the family (including all the kids, or was this planned??????) and has been quite unwell. I have been keeping him supplied with hot drinks and the children have tried to cheer him up..LOL.....
We were also disturbed at about 12.15 on Christmas night / Boxing Day morning by hammering on the door. We were still sat watching TV and opened the door to the porch to see a man standing in his PJ,s shouting for us to open the door. After our initial reluctancy to do so we discovered that he had called to tell us that he had just seen someone stealing our motorbike which we had parked in the drive and they were pushing it away down the street. Well Hubby drove after them whilst I called the police, they came with dogs, two cars and even the helicopter, they caught one person but were unable to get the other and the bike has never been seen again. They went into a park/field at the end of the road which is not lit, the police searched as they thought they would have dumped the bike and we went down at first light but it was not there. All of this equals one unhappy Hubby. I would not put down on here what i would like to call these people, what makes them think that it is ok to enter another persons property and take something that they have not had to pay for and which doesnt belong to them. GGggggrrrrrrrrr... Well it is a great big heavy thing and I would say that I hope it falls on them but then that would not really be a Christian thing to say especially at this time of the year, BUT REALLY !!!!!!!!!!!

Moving on.. We still enjoyed our Chrsitmas and wont let scumy people spoil it for us. I will have piccies when I can get Hubby to sort this cable out for me. I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and here we look forward to the New Year.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Catching Up

Well I am sorry that I have not posted in a little while but we have all had a cold bug and have been unwell. On top of this we have been busy preparing for Christmas, it is the day before christmas eve and I still have alot to do before family arrives tomorrow afternoon and things get even more hectic. The tree is up and the presents are wrapped and all that is left to do is tidy this pig stye up, this however is quite a job in itself. I have so many pictures that we have taken over the last few weeks and I am still waiting to be able to put them on the computer so that I can bore you all with them (ha). This I think will have to wait until after christmas I am afraid but I am sure that you are all far too busy to be looking here anyway.
If I dont get back on here before the big day, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

GOD Bless

Monday, 10 December 2007


Did I ever tell you that I have been to Iceland? No, well let me share some pictures. These were taken on the first day of Summer and it was so cold. Living in England you learn not to expect too much with the summer weather but this so "COLD". Our trip there didnt go as planned due to the weather and rough seas but it was still a beautiful place to go to.

Very very cold, I am wearing many layers of clothing in an attempt to keep warm.

Traditions and Memories #1

What is your most treasured Christmas memory?

I am having trouble just deciding on one. I have so many memories around the Christmas time from my childhood through to the present day that it is hard for me to choose just one. I guess that what sticks out the most for me is the time that was spent with family. I am one of FOUR girls and my Maternal Grandmother also lived with us from when I was about 6 months old so there was always alot of us on Christmas Morning. We were not allowed to go downstairs until every last one of us was up, this meant waiting for my Gran to wash, get dressed and apply her face before we could go downstairs. Dad would always go down first to check if Santa had paid us a visit during the night and then we were allowed to go down and open our stockings. Santa was always generous to all of us and there was always the traditional Orange and Raisins in the bottom of the stockings. Next we would open presents from under the tree, there always seemed to be so many of them and they would be handed out ONE at a time and we would always sit and watch that person open their gift before another would be passed out. This was a nice way t open them but if your gifts had somehow been pushed to the back or the bottom of the pile it seemed to take an age before you would get one. LOL...

Christmas mornig in my own house is very similar, stocking are hung downstairs and the children dont come down until we are up and ready. Andrew will "check" to make sure that Santa has been and we go down to open presents. I am trying to change afew things this year as last year my poor Daughter was so overwhelmed that she didnt seem to know what to do with her presents and was sat with a glazed expression on her face. It is not that we go overboard with buying them things but I think that the day can get a little overwhelming for little ones. Dont you think?
The picture by the way is the view from the front door of the house that we lived in when we were first married. Tiny tiny house but lots of wonderful memories.