Sunday, 23 December 2018

Winter Wonderland.



I couldn’t help myself and changed the sun room into a winter wonderland for the children.  Everything that needs doing has been done so now we can enjoy some family time. This is our third Christmas without our boy who loved Christmas. It doesn’t get easier but makes me more determined     to make an effort for the children. There is no such thing as a perfect Christmas. Whether you are alone or with family, Seasons Greetings to you all. 

Sunday, 16 December 2018

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas...


I made some mince pies to take to a family occasion.  I haven’t made my own mincemeat this year so cheated. It is Aldi’s with  a handful of mixed dried fruit, chopped cherries and dried cranberries. I zested a satsuma and squeezed the juice in with a pinch of cinnamon. A quick slosh of brandy and mixed well and if I do say so myself, it tastes like homemade. The pastry was shortcrust made with 4oz of cold butter and 8oz of plain flour. 6tbsp of water and this never goes wrong for me. I never buy readymade pastry although a lot of people do. I was trying to be trendy and topped them with little Christmas trees. I think I like the traditional pastry tops best. Local folklore is that if you take the top off your mince pie, you count the currants underneath that are stuck to the lid, and that will be how many lucky months you get in the following year. I don’t think you would have much success with these tiny tops. Nothing like a warm mince pie to get you feeling festive though. They go down a treat with some mulled wine.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Nanny duty.

Blogger won’t let me leave any comments atm. I have googled and tried all the advice but something has gone wrong. When my tech savvy son comes to visit I will give him the task to sort it out. Meanwhile this will be a diary for whoever cares to read it.
Nanny duty. Over night stay as parents had a Christmas meal in a hotel. I have been saving lots of recycling bits for modelling. They had great fun this morning just creating and chatting. I took my eye off them while tidying the beds and now I have been banished from the kitchen by a giant spiders web. Hey ho!
Apparent my red wool has turned in to magic lasers.
Meanwhile Grampy has been busy making a spiders web on the lounge ceiling.

I think he is a kid at heart.
He also has been working magic outside before they came yesterday evening. At least you can’t miss where we live.
    
I had planned to do some baking with them but seeing as I can’t get in the kitchen it will have to wait.
I’m sorry I can’t leave comments on some blogs I read. I don’t think anyone can access this either. I have reset everything I can. I will just keep going until it gets sorted. Keep blogging everyone!


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The North wind must blow, and we shall have snow...

This big boy was made out of plastic cups stapled together.  They were the crackly kind that split. They had been in the miscellaneous cupboard for possibly years. The snowman’s head was just not going to work so he has a 2d paper head. The children are happy with their “snowy room.”
We will be busy making Christmassy bits to hang down from the ceiling.
As for home, progress is slow. No tree up yet. I do have some Christmas Robins around the house though. Robins are not the nicest natured birds but I love their arrogance. You can get up close and personal and they don’t scare easily. Now I’m not a believer, but many are comforted by Robins as a sign that departed loved ones are near. 

 I keep a couple in Steve’s corner. Now I say I don’t believe but a Robin was the first thing I saw when I opened the curtains after that terrible night. A Robin was sat on the garden table chirping away. Now I can’t explain it but I will always remember that.