Instead I bought macarons and pecans.
This is the picture I bought. 'Midnight Caller'. Art is very personal thing isn't it. I was reading an article the other day about what some people consider definite no-no's in their house and for one person it was pictures. We have 14 which I expect to the person doing the interview would be considered naff and the equivalent of Hilda Ogden's 'muriel' and 3 flying ducks. But I likes what I likes and I liked this.
Mark and Amy went to London on Tuesday and I don't mind admitting I wanted to go with them. Never mind, I dutifully smiled and waved them off like a good wife and mother does although I didn't think it was necessary for them to text me to say they were having tea and cake in Fortnums and then later on burgers in Byron's. Talk about rubbing salt into the wound. Amy bought my Christmas present while she was there. She's brilliant at keeping secrets and there's no way she'll spill the beans about what it is, so I shall have to wait patiently until Christmas Day to find out.
Mark was under instructions not to bring me anything back this time, but he did buy me a 'Lidl' something when we went shopping this week. These truffles are delicious and I would 100% recommend you pop a box in your trolley if you find yourself in the store.The weather has been freezing this week with lots of frosty starts to the mornings. I made the effort to rake up the last of the leaves and apart from emptying a couple of pots the garden has been put to bed until spring.
It's been the sort of weather that has made me want to take long soaks in the bath then snuggle down in front of the tele in my fluffy socks and dressing gown drinking hot chocolate and eating homemade cake, so I have done :) Nothing fancy looking about this lemon drizzle but it tastes delicious.
On 1st December Advent Calendars were opened, the Advent candle was lit and the Christmas mugs bought in the January sales were dug out from the back of the cupboard.
And this little chap arrived at our house. As there are no longer any believers at Number 38 this 'Elf on the Shelf' won't be reporting back any misdemeanours to FC. I find the idea of him watching children and snitching on them a bit spooky actually, but if it works for parents then who am I to judge. He'll be getting up to mischief every day but apart from buying him I admit I will be putting no effort into this at all and have shamelessly copied some superb ideas of the 'net.
Amy and Thomas have named him Christopher and from their reactions to what he gets up to you're obviously never too old for an Elf to come and stay. So far he's made a mess in my kitchen making snow angels in the flour.
'Personally' decorated some cookies
And set up a zip wire in the lounge in a bid to steal chocolate from the advent calendars, which he didn't succeed in doing....this time.
However, he's obviously a determined Elf because we woke up this morning to find he'd eaten Day 19 of Amy and Thomas' calendars. The other toys in the house are obviously not used to this kind of naughty behaviour and decided to take matters into their own hands. I'm not totally convinced he's learnt his lesson.
Thomas' school is taking part in the Key 103 toy collection this year so I bought this for him to take in. When I was in St Anne's a store was collecting toys for Rock FM so I popped a couple in their box as well. Next week I'll be making our annual donation to The Salvation Army and putting together some things for the food bank.
I'm going to try some crochet on a quilt in the New Year and thought I'd have a go at The Hungry Caterpillar. The circles took no time at all to hook up and even though I'm not doing any sewing until after Christmas I might cut some material this week.
Thank you to everybody who commented on the circle problem I was having with the dresden. I'm never going to be able to sew it on the machine so will hand sew it on as suggested. I also found a really good tip for making a circle. All you do is cut a template, a piece of material slightly bigger, pop it into a piece of tinfoil, fold the foil in to make a circle and then iron both sides and hey presto you have a nice circle with a hem.
Amy went on the hunt for a job this week and struck lucky - ish. She was offered weekend work in a bagel cafe until they realised she's only 16. Apparently she's not allowed to work there until she's 18 because it involves using sharp knives and hot equipment such as coffee makers and ovens. Give me strength. We're raising a generation of namby pamby kids as it is but when they're not allowed to cut bread or boil a kettle until they're 18 I do wonder what world I'm living in.
And look who's come to stay. Dropped off at 10am this morning she's with us until 4pm tomorrow afternoon. Sophie has gone Christmas shopping to Chester with her Mum and they're staying overnight. Matthew took his lads out last night for their Christmas do so is probably still suffering from the effects of that. My sister says I'm too soft. If her grandchildren sleep over she has them from 6pm and returns them by 10am the following morning, although she does have 3 at once. Maybe she's right. I love having Sienna but her 'sleepovers' are certainly marathons :)
Sophie's Mum brought us this so I'll be trying a tipple later on.
We're off out with Sienna now for some fresh air and then to see the Christmas twinkles at Housing Units, so I'll say goodbye for now and see you all next weekend.