Friday, 23 December 2016

On the 3rd Day of Christmas....

.... I woke up with a slight 'morning after the night before' feeling, although 2 cups of tea and 2 slices of toast soon sorted that out. Here's my annual selfie, wearing my trusty sparkly top that comes out at Christmas. 
Manchester wasn't as busy as I thought it would be, in fact there was nobody around.  This is outside the Town Hall where one of the Christmas Markets was.  Maybe it'll be a different story this weekend.
I did a bit of a party table for Amy, Thomas and my Mum before we went out. Just a few sandwiches, sausage rolls, crisps and sweets. They obviously enjoyed it because there wasn't much left when we got home. 
Today has been spent pottering around the house doing a few bits and pieces, but nothing very much really. I bought a panettone yesterday, just a little one which I'm looking forward to trying.
The weather here has been wet, windy and grey. It would appear Storm Barbara is on her way. A 10 minute downpour and gusts earlier on resulted in a broken shed panel on one side of the garden.
And it blew one panel down completely on the other side. 
Apart from the damage it was quite nice that it was dark enough to light the candles mid afternoon.
It's my nephew's 18th today. He's brother to our niece who turned 13 on Monday. This week is always busy for their family, 2 birthdays as well as Christmas but this year it's been extra busy. He's having a party tonight but his sister does ballroom dancing and it's her presentation so me, Mum and Thomas are taking her there and we'll just pop in for a bit when we drop her off. 

Two nights out on the trot for me, but definitely no drinking tonight as I'm driving. Not a bad thing really. I wasn't keen on how I woke up feeling this morning and don't fancy a repeat tomorrow. 

Not long to go now. 2 more sleeps!!!

xxx










18 comments:

  1. Awwww look at you....you look smashing and I do like your top.

    I've had a pottering day and it's been dark and dreary all day. The rain has just started to thrash down and I am watching the neighbours icicle lights dancing in the wind. They look quite magical through a rain speckled window.

    Your fireplace looks awesome. I really love the set of penguins.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thank you Sheila :) Are you all ready for the big day. I bet Ruby is so excited isn't she. I've just set the prize table up for tonight's games fest and Mum and Mark are more excited then Thomas and Amy lol.

      Wishing you and all your family a Very Merry Christmas. xx

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  2. It's a magnificent building Manchester Town Hall. Our friends got married there a few years ago and just as wonderful inside. We are feeling the effects of Barbara too, it makes me chuckle with the different names the storms are called. Have a fantastic christmas! Xxx

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    1. I've never been in the Town Hall, but the outside is pretty splendid looking. Barbara seemed happy damaging our fencing and left as quickly as she arrived. I believe Colin is on his way now. It tickles me how they name them as well. I wonder how they come up with the names. Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas. xx

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  3. Lovely to see your selfie :)

    Where would we be without good old tea and toast? We've had plenty of rain and and it's fairly windy now, I think we'll switch to the front bedroom tonight as it's a bit more peaceful. Our ancient garden fence clings on (for now...).

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    1. Thank you, I prefer to be behind the camera but I can just about manage an annual photo for posterity :)

      Oh you can't beat tea and toast the morning after the night before. Hope you had a good night. Apparently Barbara has been and gone and Colin is on his way now!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family. xx

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  4. Second try at commenting-don't know what I keep doing wrong!! Lovely selfie and the party food looked delicious. We're off to The Grand at St Anne's on 27th as a slightly belated 45th anniversay gift to ourselves. Hope the wind dies down a bit as the M6 is really high up coming from Scotland and it's not the first time we've had a scary journey to St Annes. Haven't booked any caravanning breaks yet as DH has been back working. Not long to go now to the big day-we're having a buffet style christmas lunch with DD and SIL and it's mostly ready now. Just the trifle to make tomorrow and I'm finished. Catriona

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    1. Happy belated anniversary wishes to you and your hubby :) We've spent many a weekend at The Grand in our younger days. We went for Mark's 50th and it was lovely although it had changed a lot since we last visited.

      Hope your journey down is a good one. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xx

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  5. sorry to see you have fence damage, although looking at the weather reports for some of the Scottish islands I think we've got off fairly lightly. Love your selfie :). You look fantastic.

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    1. Damage to the fence is annoying but nothing in comparison to what some people go through so I'm not complaining - too much :)

      Thank you for your comment about the selfie. I'm very shy where the camera is concerned so it's rare for me to put myself on the blog. I think if I appear once a year it's as much.

      Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. xx

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  6. love that pic of your. And your skin is so lovely.

    oh no to the damage in your garden, hope that's as bad as it gets. Didn't think we'd get any storm here as it's too far down south, but it's rainy and a bit breezy. A chair might blow over! ;o)

    got to go. Think Violet is sleeping so off to watch her and hope she sleeps well and wakes up feeling better.

    Glad you had a good night out xxx

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    1. That's kind of you to say so Sadie. I thought it was an OK photo but I've had to stop looking at it because a new wrinkle seems to appear every time I do!

      Mark has repaired the broken fence and picked the other panel up and put it back in. Thankfully no damage to that one. Nipped round to the local shop today for a couple of things and saw quite a few fences blown over and damaged.

      Hope Violet is feeling a lot better today. xx

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    2. Wishing you, Bill and Violet a Merry Christmas :) Hope you all have a good one. xx

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  7. Sorry to see you had some damage from the storm you are having.
    Things are getting busy now. It was our anniversary yesterday and also our friends anniversary too. We always go out for dinner together-have done for the last 32 years. We went to a Greek restaurant and the food was delicious.
    I made 6 dozen tiny sausage rolls today, an onion/cheese tart and some ham and cheese pinwheels. We'll be having 10 over tomorrow night, going to friends for christmas day and other friends on boxing day. The trifle is half made, I will finish it off in the morning. I love doing all the baking and making appetizers but my back isn't liking all the standing in the kitchen!!
    I hope you have a wonderful christmas and Amy and Thomas get everything they wanted.

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    1. I remember you saying about how you and your friends spend your anniversaries together. Glad you enjoyed your special day. We are 10 years behind you, in June we'll celebrate 22 years of marriage. That suddenly makes me feel very old!

      Sounds like you have a lovely Christmas planned. I'll be making a trifle tomorrow for Boxing Day with cherries and chocolate on top especially for Mark's cousin :)

      Merry Christmas to you and your family. xx

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    2. We lived together for 12 years before we got married!! Wanted to make sure!! so always think of it as 44 years really!

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  8. What a nice selfie!

    Sorry you had some storm damage to your fence. Hope it can be repaired without too much trouble.

    That's a nice party table you set out for your Mum, Amy and Thomas. I'm sure they appreciated it.

    I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

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    1. Thank you Bless. Mark has repaired the fence this morning. The one that blew out completely wasn't damaged, just a case of putting it back in.

      Wishing you and your daughter a Very Merry Christmas. Hope you have a lovely holiday together. xx

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