Last Week…

December 3, 2012

This is my first Christmas (in the UK) with instagram… it’s going to be bad you guys!

I hope you all had a good weekend… Mine was lovely, mostly because I was at home a lot (sound familiar?)

Last week I got  more birthday presents, my friend Michele knows how much I love macaroons and these came all the way from the Dubai store… I love the cute little pink box.

I shared them with a friend over some amazing Chablis… a very soft wine I don’t get to enjoy very often.

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There were some beautiful bright winter days, with a real chill in the air, all the leaves are well and truly gone now!

I also saw the most beautiful pink sky, I actually ran out of work early just to see it.

I was thinking that with things like that when you’re on holiday you make an effort to go and see but its rare to do it at home as much, so I did.

I went straight out and I am glad I did because minutes later it was gone. This iPhone photo doesn’t do it justice.

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There were of course snuggles with Biggie who literally only moved from this spot to eat and go outside… otherwise this is where he is.

It is also the start of my amaretto obsession which always comes into effect around this time of year, my husband and I went to our new favourite local pub; The Hare and drank this and ale in candlelight. I do love that pub. 

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Friday I finally made time to get my hair coloured… it’s been a long time coming. I got some glossy magazine time, so rare these days and felt very silly with a million foils in… 

I highly recommend my stylist Jo at the G Road Mack Daddies, she is the best, I trust her completely and let her do her thing… she is turn knows I am conservative with my hair so doesn’t go wild just different enough that I feel like I have had a change.

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I did a little bit of selfish Christmas shopping, treating myself to a cute advent calendar with chocolate and some new glasses for the dresser from my favourite place to buy homewares… Reason on G Road. 

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I also took my Husband out for lunch, to his favourite BBQ spot in St Nicks Market Grillstock.

I am sure everyone has tried this by now given the huge queues at all times but if you haven’t then go, we had everything on this board… 

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The ribs were so amazing… 

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Friday night I was home alone, I had a ton of work to do, so Biggs and I got comfy and I got it all done. It might be sad working on a Friday but I really enjoyed the rest of my weekend knowing it was done.

I also made myself the best cheese plate and watched my favourite movies… 

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I found this delight in Marks and Spencer… peanut butter heaven indeed! I am so pleased peanut butter desserts are finally hitting these shores…

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Then Saturday December arrived and I started to get my decorations out… I have so many special ones now it was such a joy unwrapping them all. These are my most high-profile ornaments; they get the best spots…

I made myself a new favourite of poached eggs on avocado and toast, so fresh and healthy, so tasty. I had it on Sunday too. 

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Then we went for walks in the sunny park, and went to buy ourselves a Christmas tree.

Do you remember that song about Christmas trees? I always feel bad picking mine out and leaving the others behind. I mean you’d think I’d be over that by now! 

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Saturday was my friend Hannah’s Hen dinner, this was a chance for her family and all of her friends to meet up… she hired her favourite cafe Tart on G Road, which looked so lovely all dressed for Christmas…  

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They made us a feast, we arrived to sausage rolls and little chicken and tarragon pastries, cheese straws and the best cheese scones… we all took some home in cake boxes.  

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Then we ate lasagna, I went for the vegetarian option of butternut squash and goats cheese in a small attempt to save room for dessert, which was a selection of chocolate treats…  

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Hannah made us all party bags full of sweets, she is the cutest. She is good people.

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Then Sunday we finished decorating… we strung up lights along the stairs (more to come) and I made a centrepiece from pine cones and baubles…

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I started in the living room, on the mantle and the tree looks so wonderful in the dining room… 

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I mostly stared at my tree, in between doing lots of little jobs around the house, we finally put the last few bits on in the kitchen, just one more thing to do and it’s done (skirting boards are a pain!) with all of our art on the walls it finally feels finished.

My favourite ornament looks so happy to be out of the box…

I snacked on those delicious cheese scones with some chutney and creme fraiche…

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And filled my sweetie dish with my party bag treats… 

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Before enjoying a beautiful roast made by my husband, finished off with mince pies for dessert… while I got my diary together for the coming week… 

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I ate so much good food this weekend… with more of this coming I think it will be soups and salads for me this week!

xx

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