Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas


I wish these pictures were of a snowy disposition but sadly not. We have had some glimpses of sunlight here and there though, and have been for the odd little walk. The winter solstice gave us a dry afternoon so we had a jaunt around the village before heading back indoors to the warmth of home.


There have been parties. So many parties...


Joe is still wary of Father Christmas but got close enough to collect his present.


We've had visitors and good food. The tree - despite three (yes, three) sets of lights now having failed - looks very pretty. Cards have been written and dispatched. Presents were wrapped last night.


The food has now all been bought in, much to my relief. No more queuing and struggling to park and getting irritated. The dresser's groaning under the weight of bottles and jars.


This afternoon I need to frame and deliver a couple of prints. It's bright and sunny so we'll go for a wander, then back here to prepare for more visitors. I'm planning on making shortbread too.


It's official: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we're closed for business. This past week has seen us entertaining/attending parties/visiting at least twice a day. So for the next few days we'll be holing up and resting and eating. We may not even bother getting dressed.


That should give me the break I need ready for Phase Two: Boxing Day. Trifle-making, buffet-preparing, visitor-receiving. I can't quite believe we're already at December 23rd. Talk about a festive whirlwind.


Joe's looking forward to Christmas. The advent calendar is almost at its end. We have 'reindeer food' he made at preschool ready to sprinkle on the garden on Christmas Eve. There are good things to eat and (despite there being a lack of the Radio Times to refer to) good things to find on TV. I'm hoping we haven't already missed 'The Snowman'.


Jay and Joe have just arrived home after a present-delivering trip. They've also bought yet another set of fairy lights. I'm hopeful LED ones will have a better life expectancy.


Anyway... I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy your own family traditions before thoughts start turning to the New Year.


Thank you for reading throughout 2015. And, of course, for leaving comments. It's been a stressful year in many ways, what with bereavements and house moves and starting a business. But I've been able to share lots of good things too.

I may be back to post between now and January 1st. If not - I'll see you on the other side!

Sarah x




17 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2016. Sarah

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  2. Enjoy your afternoon walk - I hope it's as sunny for you as it is here right now. Most of all enjoy your precious family time at Christmas. Thanks for all your wonderful words and images this year xo

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  3. What lovely pictures Sarah, that pic of Joe looking out of the window is beautiful. It's great to feel that all the shopping is done isn't it? I hope you enjoy your restful couple of days and are suitably recharged for the Boxing Day excitements. I must confess we now subscribe to the Radio Times, not least so I can plan my radio listening, judging by all the inserts for bath aids etc I suspect we are younger than the average subscribers!!!!! Have a lovely Christmas in your new home. I will think of you making shortbread while I make my stolen dough! Wishing you all the best for 2016. Elaine x

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  4. Merry Christmas wishes to you and your family Sarah, may it be a time filled with love and hope x

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  5. Happy Christmas Sarah. Enjoy the rest with your family and best wishes for 2016 x

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  6. Happy Christmas Sarah, to you and the boys! I hope you have a wonderful festive season and a very Happy New Year! Bee xxx

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  7. I remember childhood Christmases beginning with my father laying out strings of lights ... and eventually getting a string to light up, and go on the tree!
    Beautiful Christmas ornaments you have.

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  8. What lovely winter photos Sarah. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. CJ xx

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  9. Hey Sarah,
    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Leanne xx

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  10. Merry Christmas and good luck with those lights. Ours went out and I was seething until I remembered that they had an inbuilt timer!

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  11. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  12. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and wonderful things for New Year. Betty

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  13. Happy holidays, and enjoy your time indoors in pyjamas! That sounds perfect to me. I love your photos of all the native plants that surround your home.

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  14. I hope your Christmas was all you wanted and that rest is now coming your way. Have a wonderful New year!!!

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  15. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2016 to you and yours :)

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  16. I hope it was a good Christmas for you Sarah

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  17. Happy belated Christmas to you! I hope it was a good one. I know just how frenetic this time is and I hope that now the entertaining and socialising is over you can relax and enjoy some family time. x

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