Saturday, 31 December 2011


We always like to take in some sea air over the Christmas holidays. This year we chose Clacton and yesterday parking in Holland on Sea we walked along towards Clacton pier. There was a chill in the air and as you can see by the picture it was a fairly dull day, but we enjoyed it. It's nice to get out and get some exercise, blow the cobwebs away as some people say.

Here is one for the album, Clacton pier in all it's festive glory.
 I remember going on the pier when I was a child. My Mum nearly had a panic attack when she found out that I was using the pennies she was giving me to take thrilling white knuckle rides on the rickety roller coaster. She thought I was having sedately rides on the ghost train or frightening myself in the hall of mirrors. 
I know, what can I say, I was an only child and she worried about me!
 Michael also used to have family holidays in Clacton when he was little, staying in the Butlins Holiday Camp. That, obviously is now no longer there, houses stand in its place.

We didn't go out on the pier yesterday, instead we headed up under the bridge towards the town, in search of a coffee and a bag of chips! Michael can't go to the seaside without having a bag of chips, so that's a bit of a ritual in our household.
When we got home we cooked sausage and mash for tea and so by the end of the day we were completely "potatoed out."
Sorry, apparently "potatoed' isn't a proper word, I've invented it, according to spell check but I'm leaving it in because I think it describes us perfectly.

Thank you to those who have dropped by my blog this year. I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Friday, 23 December 2011


Charlotte and I decorated the christmas cakes on Wednesday.
The first one is for Charlotte & Jessica to share with their Daddy---------- and their Mummy if there's any left!

This one's for Peter, (Kate doesn't eat a lot of cake!)
Got to look after him well, he's now moved up in status to son-in-law in waiting as he's just proposed to Kate while skiing in Andorra. 
Looking forward to seeing them both and the ring tomorrow when they pop round for breakfast. 
Congratulations to both of them!

And finally this one is ours, no grand piping in this house, I'm pretty useless at that, but I thought I did manage to tie a fairly neat bow on each!

So, we're ready.
Shopping done, presents wrapped, too many vegetables in the garage and too much food in the fridge and freezer. Just the butchers to visit yet again for the turkey and then that's it, sit back, raise a glass of champagne or a gin and tonic or have both the champagne and a gin and tonic and chill out!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011


 I've definitely tried today to get into the festive mood!
As I hadn't much to do today I took the opportunity to decorate our christmas tree.
Now having written about the pro's and con's of buying a tree in my last post I felt I must tell you about my own experience.
Heading towards the garden centre last Friday we could see in the distance some most peculiar coloured clouds and  so at the very point of reaching the huge choice of trees, the heavens' opened and we were caught in the middle of a hail storm.
Michael held the first tree up and said "This one?" I shook the hail from my hair and said "Oh no!"
"This one?" he asked as I run for cover. "Oh yes that one looks perfect. Let's get it!"
Not realising until we got home that it's trunk is somewhat deformed and my poor husband had a hell of a job trying to get it in the pot in such a way that it doesn't notice.
Anyway here it is looking very festive.

I've really tried to stick to colour schemes this year, so we have gold in the lounge, silver in the dining room and red in the hall.

So now at 5pm I'm pooped and decorated out. I've been up and done the loft ladder so many times, do I have a need for a gym membership?
Coupled also with the constant drone of the dehumidifier drying my kitchen and the heat its giving off, I really think a cuppa is now the order of the day and then I'll tackle the ironing and cook dinner.

Sunday, 4 December 2011


Why is it so hard to choose the perfect christmas tree?
Yesterday as Michael and I stood in our local garden centre surrounded by hundreds of trees I noted the usual conversations between men and women.

Man - "This one?"
Woman - "Too small!"

Man - "This one?"
Woman - "Too big!"

Man - "This one?"
Woman - "Too bushy at the bottom!"

Man - "This one?"
Woman - "Not bushy enough!"

Man - "This one?"
Woman - "No, can't you see it's lopsided!"

Woman - "This one?"
Man - "Too expensive!"

Michael said, "shall we get our tree today?"
I sighed and said, "No, I think it's best we leave it 'till next week, don't you?"

Other than the christmas tree, I have made a good effort this weekend with my christmas preparations. 
I've purchased the marzipan and icing for the cakes. I've made sausage rolls and mince pies, now in the freezer and I've written my first christmas card.
Needed to get myself organised, part of my kitchen is being ripped out tomorrow. However only a small part, hopefully.  I've got everything crossed as I write.
All repair work to the cupboards and flooring will take place in January. 
Joy of joys!!