Monday, 22 December 2014

It's just not like me......

I'm feeling organised for Christmas and it is a confusing feeling.
I am a person that is found frantically wrapping presents at midnight on Christmas Eve....always.
But... I have all the presents (other than my husband's) wrapped and his will be done today.

Yesterday I finished the blanket that I have been crocheting for the last God knows how many months, so that is ready to be a Christmas present.  This is it in all its glory

I have never been in this position before.....  Do you know I may be able to enjoy Christmas Eve, with my feet up and a glass of mulled wine in hand and I'm not even sure how that happened.

I'm just glad that it has. 

Hope you all enjoy your Christmas x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas arrives at our house

My daughter has instigated a tradition of inviting a friend to decorate the house at Christmas.

They get all the stuff out of the loft.
They place the decorations on the tree,
 in roughly the same place as they were last year (weirdly).
They place every single ornament we've ever bought on the hearth.
They trail tinsel all over and leave glitter on everything they touch.
And they chatter away while I keep out of the way.
When they're done they pack up
and I drive the friend back home.
But... they leave the mantelpiece.
That's all mine.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Lovely, lovely Reeth

Last weekend I was in Reeth. 

Reeth was on the Tour de France route and is a lovely little village high up in the Yorkshire Dales. 

We travelled through in July, after the Tour had passed, when we spent a glorious day following the route from Skipton.  On that day this was the view on the green in the centre of the village.  It is a popular walking destination.

On that day a brass band was playing and we sat on the rug
with an ice cream and enjoyed the sunshine.  Bliss.
I felt completely carefree that day.
So when I was deciding what I wanted to do for my birthday I decided a cottage in Reeth was where I wanted to be.  So a cottage was booked, booze and clothes were packed, best friend was invited and the school training day fell perfectly to allow a long weekend.
It was a good choice.  The weather was murky for 2 days.  This was the road over Buttertubs in July, in November that entire view was mist and fog, so no good photos. 

But then on Sunday the sun came out.  We had booked my daughter and her friend in at the Forbidden Corner.  We weren't sure whether to join them but decided that we would do and were soooooo glad that we did.  It is really good fun, if you are ever in the area it is worth a look (you need to book ahead and can't just turn up).  In some places it is properly scary, but in all places it is good fun.
I came back with aching legs (steps at Forbidden Corner)
Aching tummy muscles (from laughing)
Tight jeans..... (too much good food)
Slight headache (too much fizz)
That's got to be a good birthday..... hasn't it??

It's Curtains for You...

These are the curtains that were in a little house in France near where we stayed in the summer.
Every time I walked past they made me happy.
I loved the fabric.  This is it close up.......

Isn't it lovely?
I just thought I would share a bit of loveliness with you, hope you like.