Hello there! Happy New Year to one and all - I would say 'Happy New Decade' but the pedants amongst us (R!) would say that that isn't until next year! :0)
I hope you all had a joyous Christmas. L and E were home here and we had our first 'secondhand / homemade' festive season. I say first because it was such fun that we're planning to do it again next year. I made everyone knitted socks, hats and mittens, bought several things from charity shops/car boot sales and made Christmas hampers for the girls - there wasn't a secondhand kilner jar / bottle left in town!
We also celebrated R's, E's and my birthday, as well as New Year, so we're all a little celebrated out now. Here are a few photos of our Christmas 2019:
Making Christmas Chutney using Mitzi's recipe from here:
Our advent candle bought at Winchester Cathedral:
Enjoying rereading Nigel Slater's Christmas Chronicles (brilliant to see him in the New Year's Honours' List) and using my yarny Advent Calendar:
Our tree, which was surprisingly drop free this year!
R's birthday treat was a concert in Oxford - Vox were amazing and 'A Ceremony of Carols' made a welcome change from Messiah!
A trip to Bristol to see E play in a concert:
She was the soloist, so it was a very proud parental moment. There were yummy vegan mince pies in the interval too!
Making limoncello for the hampers:
Our festive jigsaw, bought at a charity shop. We only ever do a jigsaw at Christmas:
Catching a rainbow:
E gave us an oil painting she had done and also some secondhand books which I'm looking forward to reading:
R made me a hedgehog box and is also building a fruit / brassica cage for the garden. The birds stripped all my berries before we got a look in last year and , after finding a dead blue tit caught in it, I don't want to net my kale again. He also mended the clock in the hall which has been set at 10 to 3 (in honour of Rupert Brooke's poem!) for the last 5 years.
Our Christmas Day walk:
My birthday trip to see the Tutankhamun Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery:
This is the last time that the artefacts will go on tour as there is a new museum being built in Egypt to house them all. The exhibition, although crowded and hot, was stunning and well worth a visit.
We finished the day with dinner at a Korean restaurant before returning home:
Tofu bibimbap - yum!
J came to join us for New Year's Eve and we spent the evening playing D&D. It was great fun and the game finished at 11:50, so was perfectly timed to ring in the New Year. I confess that I don't usually like New Year and, left to my own devices, would happily go to bed at the normal time, but I really enjoyed this one.
New Year's Day walk at Snelsmore Common:
Playing on a rope swing!
We celebrated E's birthday by doing an escape room. L and E had done one before but it was a first for R and me. The theme was the Wild West and we just managed to get out with 50 seconds to spare!
Toodle pip for now. x