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Monday, 30 December 2013

It was Christmas and now it's nearly the new year

Our Christmas started off just as we planned.

Firstly, helping Santa to deliver some goodies to a little lady and then off to the city centre for a Christmas Eve wander looking at the wonderful decorations.

The Town Hall standing to the West was resplendant wishing us Season's Greetings

and this years theme around the fountain, to the north was Thomas the Tank Engine

to the South the Wombles were having a fun time

and in the East the lovely nativity scene

The surrounding streets were all bedecked with festive lights too and we had a lovely stroll wrapped up all nice and cosy.  There were quite a lot of people around, many children too.  I guess their parents thought perhaps they could tire them out so they would sleep soundly instead of listening out for Santa's sleigh bells.

We came home and sat nice and cosy in front of a roaring fire....

Christmas morning was fun, Isabelle certainly had a good time.  If present opening was an Olympic event, she would certainly be in the running for the gold medal.  Rip, rip, 'ahaaa just what I wanted' we kept hearing and 'wow...more for me.'

Being a grandparent is certainly more fun at Christmastime than being the parent of youngsters, and you are not so worn out and ready for a nap even at 11am in the morning -  yes, my daughter did say she could do with a sleep about that time as she was exhausted lol.

We headed off home and left the family to have a quiet day to themselves as their work schedules meant they didn't have much time off.

Boxing Day I had a houseful for another Christmas dinner, I loved it.  There is something very satisfying about being mum and feeding your family and them all clearing their plates and saying how lovely it was. 

Everyone had to wear their paper crown out of the crackers, we were ordered to by the Queen....

I was thoroughly spoiled.  DH bought me a Radley purse (gotta love that little dog) and I also had some wonderful gifts from stitching friends.   Here's a snap of my goodies from them.
Thank you all for your kindness, it was very much appreciated.

In my Christmas stocking I found a little Bucilla stitching kit from my brother. He must have picked that up when he was over the pond earlier this year.

He has a birthday early next month so i've stitched it up and will give it him back all finished for his birthday.  That should surprise him.

So for us, a normal family Christmastime, lots of fun, laughter and enjoyment with a little rest and relaxation mixed in with it.  No arguments or crossed words, just deep satisfaction that all went well and everyone was happy with the gifts they received.

Over the weekend the sunshine came out and even though it was chilly we wrapped up warm and headed out for a nice walk.

Draycote Water is a lovely spot. The ground was quite muddy, but there is a lovely pathway around the reservoir spanning 5 miles. 


Lots of children cycling or on their scooters, some on roller skates.  Parents had the same idea to be out in the sunshine too.  One family of about 14 people had met up for a family picnic in the childrens play area, they were having such fun all together. 

There was one little guy who obviously had received a new camera and tripod as his gift and spent an age setting all his equipment up to take pictures of the birdlife that was out on the water.  DH and I just wandered along enjoying our time outside and soaking up the fresh air after being indoors and DH was trying out his new camera that santa brought him too. 

Another walk at Pitsford Water Park and we were inundated with ducks, and seagulls.

They were trying to gobble up our mince pies as we sat and enjoyed them with a hot chocolate at the waters edge.... no chance Mr Seagull, too good for birds... he sat there for ages hoping for a nibble!

As for other stitching - I'm still hoping to have a finish of Vintage Christmas before the end of the year, just a few more hours stitching and it will be finished ...... I just need a few more hours to be able to sit and stitch though, hubbys at home this week so it might not happen.  Part 4 of the Jardin Prive SAL will have to wait and i'll do that as well as Part 5 as that comes out this week too.  I've also got an exchange gift to have stitched and sent out ready for opening day 10th January so I better get sorted with that.  Look like the new year will be off to a stitching good start. I had a new start all planned, might just have to do that too.

We'll soon be entering the New Year so before I close, I'd just like to thank you all for coming along here and reading my waffling all year, being very supportive and encouraging me in my crafting.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and wonderful 2014



  1. What a lovely post! What a thoughtful brother!

  2. Christmas is certainly a magical time in so many ways - a time too to appreciate all around us.

    Happy New Year

  3. So glad you had such a lovely Christmas and lots of nice walks after Christmas. Good luck with all your stitching projects for the coming year.

  4. A really amazing post. Your grandaughter is just too cute: I laughed as I could almost hear her saying 'just what I wanted!!!!'. How gorgeous.
    I think your brother must have put a lot of thought into that kit: it is perfect.
    Have a wonderful new year Year Julie, to you and all yours xx

  5. Looked like GD was having a fab time opening all those presents,did she enjoy dressing her dolly with her new clothes?
    The town centre looks lovely and your walk around the lake very enjoyable.
    Have a lovely new year xx

  6. Lovely post!!
    Wish you and your family the best for 2014!!

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas
    Happy New Year
    Julie xxxxxxx

  8. Happy New Julie ,a lovely family Christmas and lots of nice walks. Love the pics of the town in all its festive glory.
    Isabelle made me smile with her comments she certainly seemed to be having a ripping time.
    We are 10 for dinner tomorrow all coming here, so will let you know how it goes.
    Big hugs

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful family Christmas. Lovely pictures of all the waterfowl too.
    Hope you have a fantastic New Year

  10. Just reading your post gave me a warm, serene and joyful Christmas glow.

  11. A really lovely post, Julie! Happy New Year!!

  12. Glad you had a lovely Christmas Julie. You received some lovely gifts.

    Happy New Year!

  13. Busy fun times!! Have a wonderful New Years!

  14. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! Your little granddaughter is so sweet - I miss the noise and excitement that little ones bring to Christmas morning. :) I've really enjoyed visiting your blog this year and want to wish you a very Happy New Year!

  15. I wish you a healthy ,creative and wonderful New Year, sunny kisses from Rio, Alice

  16. Fun pictures, looks like a wonderful time. I wish I had a fireplace, they are so warm and cozy! Congrats on finishing the stocking, it looks wonderful, and I'm sure your brother will love your finish of the kit he got for you. Have a wonderful new year. Sue

  17. Such wonderful pictures and beautiful memories made, thanks for sharing. Happy New Years.

  18. Happy New Year to you and yours Julie. Your Christmas sounds perfect, enjoying your family and simple pastimes - wonderful.

  19. What a great family Christmas you've had. Your little granddaughter looks like she had so much fun with the presents.
    I think my parents enjoy Christmas much more as grandparents than when we were little! Mum certainly enjoys having someone else cook the dinner!


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