Wednesday 31 December 2014

winter walk and happy new year

A winter walk on a bright frosty morning is one of my most favourite things. Wrapped up snug against the chill, two pairs of socks and thermals for good measure. 

We were pleased to have some Boxing Day snow. Not enough to cause problems travelling but just enough for the little ones to have some fun. Excited squeals rang out as they threw snowballs and cracked the ice on puddles. Playing chase through the little trees in the forest. 

Though bitterly cold, the sun shone sending dappled light through the trees. After a play on the rope swings, it was back to the car for a warming flask of tea. Lovely winter downtime.

Tonight, we will be ringing in the New Year at home, most probably with Jools Holland and a glass of wine. Tomorrow, a roast dinner at home with my parents in law for company. I've baked Mary Berry's chocolate celebration cake for dessert. A fitting start to the new year.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015 full of adventure, good times and fun. Hope you all have a wonderful New Year. 

Wednesday 24 December 2014

merry christmas

Just popping in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tonight, we're cosied up by the fire. The hay and carrots have been left out in the garden for the reindeer. The little ones will be off to bed soon. They are so excited. We will be enjoying a simple supper and a few glasses of wine. I quite fancy a Baileys coffee. 

Tomorrow will undoubtedly begin with a very early start and a lot of excitement. We are spending the day at home. Just the five of us. Christmas Day at our own pace. My favourite way. On Boxing Day, we will visit my family for another festive feast. 

After that I'm planning downtime with my little family. Doing the things we enjoy. The best times.

Thanks so much for your friendship and kind words this past year. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, however you choose to spend it. See you on the other side. 

Saturday 20 December 2014

precious things #4

Our nativity. My precious thing for the festive season.

I really like the simplicity of the design. Tactile white porcelain figures edged with gold. The wooden stable, so perfectly formed. A gift from my parents when we moved into our home just before Christmas, five years ago.

Like all seasonal decorations it gets packed away to be refound each December. It always makes me smile.

To see some other precious things, pop over and visit these lovely blogs.

Sarah at Mitenska
N at Creative Academia
Leanne at Today's Stuff

Sunday 7 December 2014

slow december

So my plan for a slow, calm December seems to be working out so far. There hasn't been any manic dashing to the shops. Father Christmas has been sorted for a while now and I've enjoyed visiting some local craft fairs to find presents.

I've made our Christmas pudding and ordered a capon cockerel for Christmas Day. I'm hoping to do some Christmas crafting too. Our tree will be decorated next weekend.

There aren't less things needing doing this year. I've just prioritised the important things and prepared better. I've made a conscious decision to reduce stress. I'm not pressuring myself into unnecessary extras. After being very unwell last year with shingles, I want to relax and just let the season unfold. 

I'm going to enjoy our Christmas festivities and traditions. The school nativity, our annual visit to Father Christmas, going to the Christmas markets and seeing friends.  Beyond that, I am anticipating some precious down time with my lovely family.

So, what about you? Festive craziness or calm this year?

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