Saturday, 31 December 2011

Look what happened this Christmas!!

I wanted to blog sooner than than the last day in December but as usual life got in the way.

I really should go to bed but after a fab afternoon and evening with our last family Christmas get together I needed to show you what happened to DH and myself for over indulging this Christmas LOL!!

No this was a joke photo. DGS2 had a prog on his ipod that can change portraits but it amused us for quite a while tonight after pressies, a meal and a game of Cluedo from our Cluedo crackers!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Nearly Christmas

Today I did the class LO for the frame seen below which Anita planned and bought the scrummy My Minds Eye ," found and Lost"
I have lit the candle tonight which is smelly and Christmassy whilst I watch the Come Dancing Final...I want Harry from Mc Fly to win :)

All the presents are now wrapped and under our tree and I feel very Christmassy this year and DH isn't being so Bah humbug either !

Xanthe ,Mummy and Zachary came this week she is finally over chicken pox and Grandad didn't catch it either!!

The skies and weather have been very interesting too

Here is a photo of the sky at 4pm the other evening with blue skies, sunset and a black cloud/ sleet cloud/ rain cloud!!

DGS became a teenager on Dec 13th ...all he wanted was a very expensive Lego box ...he could have had a new TV for this LOL!!

We had the first Christmas meal with friends last week, there were 11 of us and we all shared the meal

The table all set

Thursday, 8 December 2011

December at last

I have really got into the Christmas preparations this year. below is a collage of Delia's choc roulade which I make for family and friends, this year I have 6 to make, the first 2 are made and DstepDD has one in her freezer and the other is in mine....4 more to go
Delia's recipe for Squidgy Chocolate log, I call it a roulade!!

Today all cards are done and DH actually got our tree and decs out of the loft without his Bah humbug look!! Here is the tree, I am still fiddling with it LOL!!
and here are the 3 wise men a whole year later. Don't think I need an Elf on the shelf do you?

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

End of November Memories today and tomorrow

Today on 29th November is the 28th anniversary of the death of my DH's 1st wife Phyl known as 'Babe' They were married in February 1960 and here is a wedding photo of them
Tomorrow is the Anniversary of my Father who died on 30th november 1975 aged 60yrs

Both of them are sadly missed and never forgotten xxxx

Friday, 25 November 2011

November in Canada

At the end of October I flew to Canada to look after Sue whilst her daughter returned to Ottawa to her partner and home and to sell their house, which they have done!
I returned to UK last Wednesday and was greeted by DH at Gatwick airport wwith a dozen red rosesLOL!! We had really missed each other for the month.

Here is my lovely friend Sue having a calcium IV since she has bone cancer and has to have this every month.
The first week I was there Sue managed to come out for a few meals at lunch time and I was able to take her by car on a few very short trips. These trips meant she would spend the rest of the day sleeping

Sue spent a lot of time sleeping so apart from DHW and cooking I managed to do some scrapping with kit's I took with me!
This LO was a class kit from Cardinal Colours retreat in September, I didn't do the class then but bought the kit

This LO was for a UKS House Challenge and I used papers from another Cardinal Colours class kit and followed the given sketch

This LO was for the WC and I bought 2 papers at a scrapping shop I found and the unusual object I scrapped was a card I had sent Sue in the summer and I found in a kitchen drawer! The flowers were all handcut from one of the papers as I had no diecuts or punches with me!

I missed 2 monthly classes that Anita M takes, so I brought the kits with me to do, this one was of Sue when she was in the UK in 2009

As well as cooking meals I managed to do some Christmas cooking for Sue and here is the prepping of the cake and the finished cake which is now wrapped and soaking in rum for her family to enjoy this Christmas, not sure if I will make a cake for us but enjoyed doing this one!

I arrived to see a most lovely Canadian Fall but after 3 weeks the temps dropped to 0C - -2C and 2 mornings a week ago we woke to snowfalls!!here are some of the photos I took.

Here are some photos of the Fraser River nr where I was staying

here is where I stayed at Harrison Hot Springs a small town on the edge of Harrison Lake, it was beautiful

I took photos at different times of the day, The scenery was forever changing with the clouds around the mountains

This was the Miami River which ran at the back of Sue's house!

Another view of Harrison Lake with the mountains in the background

Reflections on the Fraser River

Sunset by the Fraser River

Blueberry bushes with their leaves turning bright red.

Another class LO that I missed but did in Canada of my youngest DGD this summer

Our Wedding Anniversary 2 days before I left for Canada I had a surprise for DH, I booked a B&B in the building he used to work in as a printer!! The B&B of course is called The Printworks! We had the Caxton Suite!

The original floor of the entrance

and another class LO and a Christening mini book finished for a friend before going away!