I was actually going to call this post 'Mistletoe and Whine' but felt a bit mean. We went to Hebden Bridge at the weekend to buy some presents and generally soak up the festive cheer.
Sadly, Joe wasn't feeling in the least bit cheery. His back teeth are coming through, he's full of ANOTHER cold and he complained the whole time. Which took the shine off things somewhat.
Having said that, he liked the toy shop (below).
He also cheered up when we sat in the square eating chips (fried in dripping - we were in Yorkshire) and the pigeons landed and assaulted each other in the hope of getting a morsel.
It was a gloomy day but the sun came out now and then. Fortunately we wrapped up warm. And the chips helped enormously.
We browsed a lot and bought a few goodies. I visited my favourite flower shop and marvelled at the displays, and Jay bought Joe his first 'proper' teddy bear (the traditional type) as one of his presents.
We had a wander around the Heart Gallery (above) but unfortunately Joe really ramped it up and we scuttled back out, mortified at our having shattered the peace and quiet in there. Silly I know. It was just one of those days where he was only happy if we were on the move. The joys of parenthood!
There's a little shop I love and the lady there sells all kinds of vintage things, including lots of functional items and kitchenalia - definitely a weakness of mine. The photo at the top of this post, of the narcissus paperwhites, was outside there too.
We bought some lotions and potions from here. It's so very Christmassy in there - all sparkle and perfume and luxury. Actually, Joe paused for breath and allowed himself to enjoy it. Although I noticed Julie Andrew was singing 'Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down' in the background.
So maybe the soundtrack to Mary Poppins could be one of his stocking fillers...
After a long drive home over the moors, we put the little one to bed for a nap and ticked a few more gifts off the list.
And later on we ordered a curry. The health kick can begin in