With only five sleeps to go before the big day, I’m experiencing a mild sense of panic, especially as it’s midday, I’m still in my pyjamas and have yet to post my Christmas cards! That said, we have the tree up and decorated, and most of the presents wrapped, so I’m making some kind of headway! As promised, here’s a photo of our spruce, although to be completely honest it looks identical to the photos I’ve posted for the last five years since we moved here!
Having mentioned on air about the Christmas decorations my Aunty Hilda knitted for us years ago, I thought you may like to see them! Lovely aren’t they? I’m going to gift one to Honey this year so she can keep it as something special.
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and for letting me know about your Christmas plans and with whom you’re going to spend the holidays. We’ve had a couple of years where it’s been a logistical nightmare and amounted to a fair bit of time in the car, but this year most of the family will be coming to us.
We’ve reinstated our Christmas Eve party with mine and Colin’s children and their partners, and they’ve requested ‘picky bits’ to eat, which basically means gammon, cold meats, cheese, and anything else I have in the house. They’re great to cater for because they literally hoover everything up and there’s never any waste.
I cook my gammon in the slow cooker with Muscavado sugar and it always goes down a storm! I know Nigella Lawson has her own version of gammon using coca cola, and there’s even one with ginger ale apparently, but this is a family favourite so I tend to stick with it. Christmas Day will then be with my Sam, Jack, Lucy and little Honey – I can’t wait to share her excitement on the day, and am hoping that she will be well clear of her cold by then. Poor little mite was full of it when we visited last weekend, but was incredibly cheery in spite of it. Grandad read stories to her and we played with her sticker books. She gave me this lovely cuddle while we were watching The Grinch.
We had a night out in Witney with our friends Adam and Jo, which involved an enormous buffet and several gins! I was definitely feeling a little Ho Ho Ho when this picture was taken!
Jo and Simon came and watched the Strictly Come Dancing final with us, which was fun, and we exchanged presents with Roz and Chris on Monday in Basingstoke. We’re going to be seeing my mum and my sister on the 23rd to share a mince pie or two and hand over our parcels. It’s been full steam ahead at work too in the interim, and I really enjoyed the Joules fashion as well as the last of my Diamonique shows before the New Year. Thanks so much for all your support with that – it’s great to have so many of you tweeting in and being part of the show – here’s to more fabulous designs in 2018!
Yesterday was our presenter lunch – well one of them – and it was lovely to catch up with Dale, Simon, Miceal, Alex, Katy and our boss Mike.
I’ve just got back from seeing the consultant and was more than a little upset to know that my shoulder is now officially ‘frozen’. He’s had to whack a huge steroid injection in there and I’m going to try and get physio between now and New Year to help regain the movement. Thankfully I’m with Rachael Ellis tonight at midnight, who is very adept with her hands and will be setting up our fab Liveclever Heated Clothes Airer, which comes with a cover! Ingenious!
It’s got seven hours on the timer and three different heats, but with the additional cover it means the clothes dry even faster, and you don’t have to move them around on the heated elements. Seriously, if you’ve not tried one of these I would highly recommend it. So many of the fashion brands we sell are made of fabrics that you can’t put in the tumble drier, so this is invaluable. Radiators aren’t ideal as they steam up the room, and running a drier is incredibly expensive. I’ve got one for my niece Emily as she has so much washing with baby Noah and they live in a top floor flat. I know she’ll get loads of use out of it.
Something else that has brought a huge amount of pleasure to me this year, but for a different reason, is the bird table that Colin bought for me last Christmas. We’ve had so many birds in the garden this year, so different, yet all loving Richard Jackson’s Bird Food. Robins, chaffinches, woodpeckers, wrens, starlings, and blue tits to name but a few. I remember thinking I’d never get through the 14kg bag, but I’m regularly replenishing my supply. You don’t need a table as you can attract ground-feeding birds too with it. Richard has a Today’s Special Value coming up on the 6th January next year, so I’ve definitely got dibs on that one!
Well I’m going to sign off now, but thank you again for all your support, kindness, communication and caring this year. This blog means so much to me, as do you, and this window into your world is very much a part of my life now. It’s not been the easiest of years for a number of us, and so I pray that 2018 will be kinder. Stay well, stay happy and stay in touch. Wishing you a really Merry Christmas, and may the New Year bring you all that makes you happiest.
With my love,