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Monday, 21 December 2015

Me on Monday: Deck the Halls

A festive wave to Sian who created this Monday meme and also to all the other Monday bloggers. It's now the beginning of Christmas week and I am sure that all the youngsters are counting the number of sleeps left (It's 4 by the way).
It's been a mixed weekend of time spent with my parents to help care for my dad and time at home preparing for Christmas.It kicked off Friday evening with a Christmas meal out with friends. We returned to an old favourite The Bathwick Boatman, a delightful restaurant above the old boathouse on the river Avon. It always brings back memories of visiting the boathouse to hire rowing boats to row up the river. The food there is always delicious and this was no exception. I kick myself for not fishing out my phone for a photo of the dessert. A rose water panacotta with Turkish Delight and chocolate sorbet. I felt like a judge on Master chef sampling this exotic dish.
Saturday afternoon and evening was set aside for decorating our tree. I have said before that our trees are always interesting shapes as they are our own overgrown tree tops. This year is no exception.

We had full attention from two of the cats who watched with increasing fascination.

I think they were dreaming which bauble will be first in their clutches, hopefully not one of these.

Younger daughter has been busy making wreaths and table decorations. A therapeutic relaxation after her university interviews and studying.

I am just hoping she will find it equally therapeutic to clear up after herself! 
Sunday was a roast chicken day along with more stollen making, pastry and shortcake mixture making. In the early evening I left older daughter mince pie making, younger daughter still making decorations and husband farmer hanging up cards to return to stay with my parents for the night. So here I am on Monday morning ready to return home before Tescos arrives with the food shopping. Don't forget that today is the shortest day so the days can only get longer! Have a lovely festive week everyone! 


  1. sending warm thoughts to you and your parents. Sounds a lovely festive weekend and glad to spot Monty curled up with all those prickles !

  2. Your kitties look so sweet & innocent. All your preparations sound wonderful. What a good dog Monty is, I know a few dogs that would be chewing on all those branches!

  3. Had to smile at the dog laying amid all the foliage. Typical pet! Hope you beat the shopping home, have a wonderful Christmas x

  4. Sounds like the preparations are well underway, have a wonderful week.

  5. And you have a lovely festive week too! With thanks for Monday-ing this year. It's been fun x