So, how was it for you?! I'm still struggling to come to terms with how quickly the last week has flown by, but hope very much that you will all have had time to relax, be with those you wanted to be with, eat and drink far more than you would have thought humanly possible, and be in the best of health to enjoy it all!
A big ask I know as, for some, the weather will have made it difficult, and in some instances impossible for you to have been with your family or friends. Unfortunately, my germs stopped me from seeing mum, as she's been a little vulnerable to all sorts lately, but I did manage to take the presents to my sister and spend time with her prior to the big day which was lovely :)
Following the cancellation of Lucy and Rich's engagement party, they then had to contend with missing out on a long planned trip to the Christmas markets in Cologne as all the airports were shut… It's been a bad year for travel what with volcanic ash, flight companies collapsing and now the snow hasn't it? Let's pray 2011 will be better!
Inspite of everything I have to report that we all had a lovely Christmas together. Jack, Lucy and Rich came over on Christmas Eve and so we watched TV, played games and just relaxed, and then on Christmas morning Sam and Ruth joined us. I have to tell you though that I was woken up at 5am by Lucy who had just opened her stocking and suggested I look for mine!
I did, and clearly I haven't been too bad this year, as there it was! Complete with satsuma, a Little Miss Splendid book, DVD, photo frames to hang on the tree and a little book that Lucy must have made sure Santa had in advance, in which she'd drawn and written out all the things she wished for me… yes, I cried
Infact Lucy, along with Sam and Jack, all bought me beautiful presents. I got Michael Buble's new album, Jamie Oliver's cook book, a hip flask with my favourite whisky in it, plenty of other spoilies, and the most beautiful necklace that has three silver petals, and pressed onto the surface of each petal are Lucy, Jack and Sam's finger prints… yes I cried again :)
In a good way of course, and quickly followed by laughter as we tried to get our heads around The Logo game, and I attempted to get Christmas lunch on the go, having only realised that morning that my roasting tins and baking trays were lost in the move! Silver foil is so versatile though isn't it??
I won the bet (no money involved) that Her Majesty would be wearing three strands of pearls whilst reading her speech, and then we all dozed on and off through Shrek 3 – I thought the end was great!!
We all stayed together that night and part of Boxing Day, and then I had work, and apart from a rather surreal night out where I ended up pedalling a rikshaw around Old Compton Street, it's been fairly quiet
So the snow has gone now, I'm just packed up and ready to head off into QVC Towers for tonight's shows, but couldn't sign off without wishing you health and EVERY happiness in 2011, and thanking you once again for keeping me in touch with your lives, and being a part of mine.
With much love, Ali xxxx