Category Archives: Christmas

Ten Fun things to do in December.

I thought I would reblog this Christmassy post from a couple of years ago. Just reading it made me feel so festive. 🙂

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Winter is nearly here ! And festive thoughts abound as December is almost upon us. I thought I would compile a Top Ten post ~ so wrap up snug and warm and take a look. 😀

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Get your Skates On. Lots of large towns and cities open up temporary open air ice skating rinks at this time of year.  Time to twirl as snowflakes fall. Or at least cling to the side with a hot chocolate and watch the experts glide by.

Christmas Cocktails. Expand your Christmas cocktail repertoire ( Maybe I should experiment more ~ than just Baileys & Ice. 🙂 ) , here are some festive fizz and merry mulled wine recipes to indulge in.

Manchester Xmas Market CHEESE! Manchester Xmas Market CHEESE!

Christmas Markets. Continental Christmas Markets spring up all over the UK every winter these days so there is no excuse not to browse the Bavarian style wooden chalet…

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Yet to experience….Some Wintery Firsts.

Here’s a Christmas List with a difference. Wintery Firsts I have yet to try. Originally posted two years ago, I have updated it a bit. Are there any Winter pursuits that you have yet to sample?

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I realised only the other day that I have never, ever ……tasted Egg Nog , the sweet egg, cream and bourbon based drink so symbolic of festive cheer. That got me thinking, what other wintery traditions and treats have I yet to experience?? Here are a few things I have still never tried in all my ( cough ! 41 shhhh..) Christmases.

Make a snow angel in the snow.

Try Wassail ~ a mulled cider drink.  I have now made my own Mulled Cider in a slow cooker, with bottled cider, a clove filled orange and cinnamon sticks, but have yet to try the traditional Wassail.

Keep my hands warm and cosy in a toasty muff.

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Go to Midnight Mass.

Get your Hygge on and buy a Danish Pancake Pan and make Danish Pancakes known as Ebelskivers. 

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Cook Christmas Dinner…

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December Photo Scavenger Hunt

winter wonderland 020Joy ~ My two God daughters on a ride at Winter Wonderland earlier in the month. It was a bit of a horrible day to be totally honest, which involved getting lost,losing money,kids being sick and horrendous journey home in torrential rain and floods! However I think the girls did enjoy themselves.
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Together ~ This was on Christmas Day morning and some of us got Together for a walk with the dogs in the park. We came across the deer statues looking all festive. The happy hounds here include two Bedlingtons,three labradors, a deer hound cross and a scottie. 🙂

 

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Tree ~ Love how the young fir trees on our walk today were so fresh and green.

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Ornament ~ Vintage ornaments on my Mum’s Christmas tree. 

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Light ~ After days of rain and local flooding it was lovely to see sunlight today on a walk up Longridge Fell.

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Christmas ~ Our Christmas morning included watching Hugo open his own presents and Slinky get ready to pounce on Hugo’s tail. 🙂
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Sparkle ~  This otter in Brungerley Park got a bit of  sparkle. 🙂

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Giving ~ I participated in a Christmas Gift Swap and I have lost the picture of what i was giving  so here is a picture of some lovely homemade gingerbread heart cookies I received instead.

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Food ~ Food  on Boxing Day night meant cheese and biscuits. 🙂

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Red ~ Robin Red breast on our walk today.
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Kitchen  ~ Hanging up in the Kitchen, labrador oven gloves which I got for Christmas.

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Whatever you want ~ Hugo in a Santa hat…..for about ten seconds!

Thanks for dropping by. These pictures are for the December Photo Scavenger Hunt organized by Green Thumb over at Made With Love. 🙂

All I Want For Christmas Book Tag.

I saw this fun Christmas Tag over at The Little Contemporary Corner  and thought I would have a go. I tag anyone who wants to join in with the fun.:)

Which fictional character would you like Santa to leave under your Christmas Tree?  The Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland.He knows how to throw a good Tea Party. 🙂

Which character would you like to kiss under the mistletoe?  The viking vampire Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire mysteries by Charlaine Harris. 😉

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What are the top five books on your Christmas list for Santa?  A few books I would like to find in my stocking include the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Almost famous women stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman,Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt,  The Cat by Colette and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

It’s Secret Santa at Hogworts, what would you most like to receive?  The Invisibility Cloak of course.

You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?  I would choose the stars of Bridget Jones diary ( I fancied myself as a Ms Jones in my single days and loved the book) , we could have the blue soup dinner party at Bridgets flat. 🙂

What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on the roof?   Aslan from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

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You invite 10 fictional characters to your new year eve party, who do you pick? 

. Holly Golightly ( Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

.Dorian Grey ( The Picture of Dorian Grey).

.Cheshire Cat ( Alice in Wonderland).

.Ebeneezer Scrooge ( A Christmas Carol) after he finds he does actually love everyone.

.Miss Havisham ( Great Expectations).

.Mr Darcy ( Pride and Prejudice).

.Bridget Jones ( Bridget Jones Diary).

.Edward Cullen ( twilight).

.Hermione Granger ( Harry Potter books).

.Mary Poppins.

What character would make a good Santa ?  Ebeneezer Scrooge!

Merry Christmas!

A bloggers Christmas gift swap.

My most anticipated present to open this Christmas was without a doubt a well wrapped parcel I recieved in the post.

I took part in Janet’s ‘Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap’ which she has organized in the past too. I’m glad she decided to do it again this year.

Janet who blogs at Words that can only be your own made sure that everyone was randomly given a name of someone also taking part to buy for. I ended up getting Janet herself.No presure there then! :))

The aim was to be thrifty with your purchases.Find or make little gifts. Look in charity shops etc. Here is what I got Janet.

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I made her a teacup candle ( I can’t sew , but I can make candles! ) as she likes vintage treasures. I also purchased a couple of cute and Christmassy brooches made by talented craft fair friends and luckilly Janet loves this time of year so a birdie tree decoration went in the box too. Finally I found a book of short stories by feminist authors from a second hand book shop in my home town. I think they went down well.:)

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I too recieved a package in the post and above are all the lovely goodies that it contained! I was delighted when I saw that my parcel was from Louisa.Her blog Duck In A Dress is another of my faves. 🙂

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Louisa really did her homework as all her gifts were so thoughtful and I love them all. She truelly spoilt me! Look at my beautiful Cath Kidston mug and Christmas card.

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There were edible Christmas goodies galore too ,including a tasty selection of baked goods from her local farm shop Farringtons.

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There was even a mini bottle of prosecco to wash them down with. And my goodies came with Alice in Wonderland ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ tags.

My favourite item from Louisa is without a doubt this childrens book from 1949 called ‘Plant and Animal Ways’.

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It is packed full of gorgeous wildlife illustrations.Its an American publication and chapters include ‘Slippers and Sliders’ ( about snakes!), ‘Monkey Manners’ and ‘Fiddle Heads, Fronds and Ferns’. 🙂

Thanks to Janet for organizing the swap and Louisa for my fab pressies. X

Merry Christmas :-D

Just one more day of pre Christmas madness in my job ( work in a supermarket ) so expecting to witness a few mad trolley dashes for the last sprout/ wedge of stilton, before I get away this evening! Plan doing absolutely nothing tonight except cracking opening the wine, munching on mince pies and watching some Christmas telly. Oh and I have to wrap a few bits up for Hugo.I suspect our pup will want to get in on any unwrapping action tommorrow.:)

Its just Wil and I on Christmas day ( apart for a planned little Xmas morning walk with some pals and their pooches) so I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing time. I really can’t wait!

Anyway I wish all my blogging friends and folk who do me the honor of dropping by my little piece of cyber space occasionally ~ a very Merry Christmas. Xx

December Photo an Hour.

The weekend brought with it another Photo An Hour day, this time on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday. Heres what I got up to…

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8-30am ~ Opening my beach hut advent calender. Its a Christmas Pud!

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9-30am ~ Taking the hound out in the park.

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10-30am ~ a brew in my Christmassy mug.

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11-30am ~ Admiring slipper boots in our newly opened branch of FatFace.

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12-30pm ~ Pie & Peas for lunch.

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1-30pm ~ Setting up a stall at a Christmas fair with my friend Jo.

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2-30pm ~ Our stall is next to the tree and a slightly grumpy looking santa.

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3-30pm ~ I have my eye on this purple wooly snood that Jo knitted! Looks a bargain.:)

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4-30pm ~ Its a hard life at these craft fairs.;-)

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5-30pm ~ Home to Hugo.

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6-30pm ~ Relaxing in my new fatface slippers.Yes I did buy some.And the snuggly snood that Jo knitted for our stall.Naughty eh!

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7-30pm ~ Checking what I want to watch on the Christmas telly listings.Slinky is helping…kinda.

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8-30pm ~ Signing off now!

Thanks to Janey for organizing the Photo an hour challenge all this year.Its been fun!

A Christmas brew at Callooh!

Feeling festive ( and somewhat frazzled) after listening to Christmas tunes all day 🙂 , I joined a couple of work chums for a brew and a chat in my favourite vintage tea room Callooh! Callay

Callooh is no stranger to my blog and has featured in several posts! Its a bijou Alice In Wonderland inspired cafe that serves delicious home cooked food and a varied selection of teas, named after Wonderland phrases and characters.
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Since my first post two years ago , the tea room has come under new management. It is however still as lovely as ever. The tea and cakes are served in mismatched vintage china and pink flamingos are a big part of the decor. Sorry my pictures are a little dark.

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As I prefer fruit teas I decided on ‘Were All Mad Here’ , a refreshing fruity burst of strawberries, elderberries, rosehips and lemongrass. My colegue K tried a black tea called ‘Cheshire Cat Got the Cream’ whils’t my other workmate C preferred a coffee. I wonder whose idea it was to order a sumptious slice of chocolate yule log.Hmmm let me see….. 😉

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Before leaving we had a nosy upstairs. There are two rooms devoted to lovely gifts and vintage goodies. One of the rooms is now a new vintage venture called ‘Tumtumtree vintage’ selling clothes and other interesting bits and pieces. I have my eye on these two brass cockerels.Roll on payday!

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So if your ever in Clitheroe and fancy a pot of tea and an explore in a curiosity shop, you will find Callooh! Callay on Moor Lane ~ not to far from the castle gates. Enjoy!

Yet to experience….Some Wintery Firsts.

I realised only the other day that I have never, ever ……tasted Egg Nog , the sweet egg, cream and bourbon based drink so symbolic of festive cheer. That got me thinking, what other wintery traditions and treats have I yet to experience?? Here are a few things I have still never tried in all my ( cough ! 41 shhhh..) Christmases.

Make a snow angel in the snow.

Try Wassail ~ a mulled cider drink.  I have now made my own Mulled Cider in a slow cooker, with bottled cider, a clove filled orange and cinnamon sticks, but have yet to try the traditional Wassail.

Keep my hands warm and cosy in a toasty muff.

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Go to Midnight Mass.

Get my Hygge on and buy a Danish Pancake Pan and make Danish Pancakes known as Ebelskivers. 

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Have a Skiing Lesson in the Snow.

Cook Christmas Dinner !  Sorry, I am no domestic goddess. 😉

Watch Frozen.  Aaaah I have watched Frozen since writing this post originally. 

Go Ice skating outdoors.

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Spend Christmas in another Country.

Take part in a Boxing Day Swim. Brrrrrrrrr!! No thanks!!

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Tenby Boxing Day Swim.

Visit Lapland. My sister has been with her kids and a friend is taking her daughter this year. Sooo jealous!

Is there anything in my list that you have yet to try? What would be on your winters ‘ Yet to experience’ list? I would love to know.:))

A Christmasy weekend. :)

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I guess that particular phrase is starting to pop up everywhere at the moment….but in my case ,it felt quite true for me at the weekend. 🙂

On Saturday I met up with a couple of friends in town and we had lunch and did a bit of Christmas shopping. It was Shop Local wknd so it was nice to wander round the little independant shops, small towns like my home town of Clitheroe have in abundance. I’m trying to buy as much as I can from these smaller businesses this year as they really do offer something a little different to the gifts you can find in the more well known stores.

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I love the Christmassy drinks you can try in December. A friend and I enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate called ‘The Purple One’ inspired by my favourite Quality Street. 🙂

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Just thought I would show you this Frozenesque ( Is that a word? 🙂 ) wedding gown in the window of ‘Orchid Designs’ in Clitheroe. I have walked passed it several times and wondered who will be the fairytale bride. I’m not sure if you can see clearly…but look at the blue snowflakes on the train.

And below is the Crib that goes up near the Castle. As soon as the little nativity figures are put in , the town feels so much more Christmassy.

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On Sunday I went round to my friend Beckys and helped put the decorations up. My niece and nephew came too and we had fun with glitter, glue, crayons, paper, scissors and a singing dancing Christmas tree. Total chaos but lots of fun!

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So the best thing so far about the build up to Christmas has been spending happy times with family and friends. Ho Ho Ho.And to round up this post here is a photo of little Hugo. I really must get him some antlers! 🙂

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