Hello there! Happy 2016 to one and all. Well, here we are, safely on the other side of another Christmas, I hope you all had a good one. It seems ages since my last post, so apologies in advance if this one is a bit on the photo heavy side. Our Christmas was relatively quiet - just the 4 of us. L's boyfriend, J, then joined us from my birthday until just after New Year. A bit of crafting was done, a few Christmas films watched, a few walks taken and a lot of food eaten - I know what one of my resolutions is going to be!
R had a week off work and actually did a bit more of the bathroom. This is a bit of a long running saga - he ripped out our old bathroom, just as L went to uni. Well, over 3 years and one Law degree later, it's still not finished! To be honest, I don't even notice it anymore, so it's always a bit of a surprise when he does a bit more. Don't get too excited though, we're not there yet and by the time it's all done, the first bits he did will probably need redoing! Hey ho.
I'm nearly at that point where I can breathe out - I think I've mentioned before that this house sees 4 birthdays plus Christmas and New Year, all within a period of 6 weeks. Well, there's just E's birthday to go and then I can relax. Her birthday is on Monday but R and L are back to work/bar course then, so we're having her birthday trip tomorrow. Then, there's just the day itself and a party to organize and I'll be done for another year.
Anyway, here are a few photos of the festive period:
Digging out the old eggnog recipe:
Given that R paid for me to join a new gym when my old one closed down, I was only expecting a card for Christmas and my birthday. Lucky me though, I had presents too!
A lovely cinammon candle from E:
New recipe books from L:
They had beetled off to Hobbycraft and there were fat quarters from E and Hamish!
I had wanted to add needle felting to my fifty list but never got round to it, so this was perfect:
And my Christmas present from R was a nutribullet, which makes my breakfast smoothie making much nicer and so much easier to wash up afterwards!
Our Christmas day walk was our usual one up to see our beloved castle:
Along the towpath:
The ground was rather wet, so we had our picnic on a convenient bench:
Then on over the beautiful stone bridge:
Across the fields:
Past this fantastic tree house. There was even a spiral wooden staircase leading up to it. I did wonder if it was for children or if a writer used it. Wouldn't that be lovely?
Saying hello to the alpacas:
.... and then back home for some of this. I did finish another hat, this time for E, but haven't taken a photo yet.
Watching Fergus hold his own against a young interloper!
My New Year flowers:
A trip here on the way to dropping J back off at Oxford:
Then we stopped for a pub lunch here: The Boot Inn in Oxfordshire:
Enjoy the weekend.
Toodle pip for now. x