What the Dickens – the posts of Christmas just past and presents!

So, the build up. Sledge and sign out ready to guide Santa and brighten up the street.
So, the build up. Sledge and sign out ready to guide Santa and brighten up the street.
Always remember 'to feed the birds' (hmmm, more than tuppence a bag now) but Matthew and Daisy enjoyed filling the bird feeder.
Always remember ‘to feed the birds’ (hmmm, more than tuppence a bag now) but Matthew and Daisy enjoyed filling the bird feeder.
Last of the parsnips from the allotment - all scrubbed and ready for Christmas!
Last of the parsnips from the allotment – all scrubbed and ready for Christmas!
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring ... Well not strictly true as Mariery and James were preparing the Christmas Eve feast - American style!
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring … Well not strictly true as Mariery and James were preparing the Christmas Eve feast – American style!
Those not cooking were busy 'Kerplunking' - well, someone has to!
Those not cooking were busy ‘Kerplunking’ – well, someone has to!

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After stockings and breakfast all presents put around the tree.
After stockings and breakfast all presents put around the tree for later – yes, later!
Yes, more mince pies ready for Christmas tea time.
Yes, more mince pies ready for Christmas tea time.
Round to Prospect House for lunch and a big family get together.
Round to Prospect House for lunch and a big family get together.

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Tea time and the arrival of Grandma ...
Tea time and the arrival of Grandma …
... and Gramps. "Now, David, have I told you the story about ...?"
… and Gramps. “Now, David, have I told you the story about …?”
Grandma graces us all with style - and James's jumper isn't too shabby either.
Grandma graces us all with style – and James’s jumper isn’t too shabby either.
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We all know it is Boxing Day so David wearing the ubiquitous Christmas jumper has nattily styled it with a charming ‘box’ hat! Ho Ho!

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Finally, the last box to be opened on Boxing Day after a jolly walk to the park was the biggest box of all, full of presents for Madeleine, Matthew and Daisy - all tied up with a great big bow! Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year.
Finally, the last box to be opened on Boxing Day after a jolly walk to the park was the biggest box of all, full of presents for Madeleine, Matthew and Daisy – all tied up with a great big bow! Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year.

Yuletide Blog – Ho-use, Ho-me, Ho-lly

So we’ve been ‘crazy busy’ as my sons would say so this will be a jolly round up of all the December activities, so hang onto your Santa hats, here we go ….

We now have a top landing - in all senses of the word! It is truly the top landing and it is a top landing - we are delighted with the feeling of space it affords and how it is seen as a natural part of the original house.
We now have a top landing – in all senses of the word! It is truly the top landing and it is a top landing – we are delighted with the feeling of space it affords and how it is seen as a natural part of the original house. So Ho Ho Ho-use in Christmas visitor mode now!
On the 28th November we were delighted to pick up Mariery and James from Doncaster Station, after a long but uneventful trip from Panama. So two Ho-me! Ho Ho Ho-oray!
On the 28th November we were delighted to pick up Mariery and James from Doncaster Station, after a long but uneventful trip from Panama. So two Ho-me! Ho Ho Ho-oray!
You definitely know it's Christmas when you get out the Delia Smith Christmas book! Now for Stir up Sunday!Ho Ho Ho-peful!
You definitely know it’s Christmas when you get out the Delia Smith Christmas book! Now for Stir up Sunday!Ho Ho Ho-peful!

 

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This is the first part of our effort for The London Illustration Fair where Mariery and James had a stall. A tailored tablecloth So So So stylish!
This is the first part of our effort for The London Illustration Fair where Mariery and James had a stall. A tailored tablecloth So So So stylish!

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Antique case bought, lined and painted ready to hold Mariery's art work at the Illustration Fair.
Antique case bought, lined and painted ready to hold Mariery’s art work at the Illustration Fair. Ho Ho Ho-w practical!

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Just when you thought Christmas plans were going well .... I asked if the work surface could be fitted in. This involved moving and realigning cupboards and much lying down on the floor. Rather you than me, James.
Just when you thought Christmas plans were going well …. I asked if the work surface could be fitted in. This involved moving and realigning cupboards and much lying down on the floor. Rather you than me, James.

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More London Illustration Fair preparation - hmmmm, how do you make a pom-pom? After several You Tube lessons, advice from friends and a specialised pom-pom maker from Dunelm we all agreed that it was not working! Wo Wo Woe!
More London Illustration Fair preparation – hmmmm, how do you make a pom-pom? After several You Tube lessons, advice from friends and a specialised pom-pom maker from Dunelm we all agreed that it was not working! Wo Wo Woe!
Happy Birthday Daisy - December the 4th and birthday tea to come! Lots of balloons - Po Po Pop!
Happy Birthday Daisy – December the 4th and birthday tea to come! Lots of balloons – Po Po Pop!
Careful with those birthday balloons, James, Po, Po, Pop!
Careful with those birthday balloons, James, Po, Po, Pop!

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The finished product complete with snowman and reindeer from The Range, a Christmas Tree from Lidl and presents recycled cardboard wrapped by Madeleine - Go, Go,Go!
The finished product complete with snowman and reindeer from The Range, a Christmas Tree from Lidl and presents recycled cardboard wrapped by Madeleine – Go, Go,Go!
Guest room up and ready! Well Do, Do, Done!
Guest room up and ready! Well Do, Do, Done!
Front room decorated and ready to fill with gifts ... Po, Po, Po-sitive thinking!
Front room decorated and ready to fill with gifts … Po, Po, Po-sitive thinking!

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Santas at the ready, Ho, Ho, Ho!
Santas at the ready, Ho, Ho, Ho!
Gingerbread smells fill the house - they won't last long, No, No, No-m!
Gingerbread smells fill the house – they won’t last long, No, No, No-m!
Santa's strawberry hats - a fab idea from Mariery and enjoyed by everyone!
Santa’s strawberry hats – a fab idea from Mariery and enjoyed by everyone!
Mince pies - say no Mo, Mo, More!
Mince pies – say no Mo, Mo, More!
Festive magic - a handmade wreath using willow, yew, holly, fir and cones. Happy Christmas, everyone xxx
Festive magic – a handmade wreath using willow, yew, holly, fir and cones. Happy Christmas, everyone xxx