My Monday Quote!


Happy New Year my lovelies!

I never make  resolutions- well why set myself up for disappointment ha!

But I do like the sense of embarking on a brand new year and the endless possibilities that it offers.

Also, if we are really lucky, it might include things we’ve never tried before or new places to visit.

Given that I am back in the office today, looking out over a damp, dreary Liverpool, I will be mindful of another thought today;

‘Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened’ – Dr Seuss

We are off to the Rock and Roll Pantomime this evening, so my commenting might be a bit delayed – please bear with!



Have a lovely day!

My Final Festive Five!

I can’t believe that this is the final Five on Friday of the year!

It has been such a pleasure to visit you all most Fridays and thank you for all your great comments.

You are all very lovely indeed!

So to my final five –



I love this little Christmas tree in our kitchen window.

The theme in here is far more traditional than in our living room.

I think this little tree is a sweet addition and it makes me smile when I switch the little lights on.



One of my favourite decorations has to be this super cute line with Father Christmas’s clothes on it.

We actually have a much bigger version hanging on the wall outside, but alas, I have not been home in daylight to photograph it since.

I really love this dinky version though.


The youngest has a little white tree in her room too.

She is delighted with it.



I have been feeding my Christmas cake but have not had time to decorate it yet.

Since the girls were little, I have been putting this oral syringe to good use.

I obviously washed it out throughly afterwards to make sure the girls didn’t get given Brandy by accident ha!

It really works very well indeed and ensures that the cake is very well fed, well it is Christmas!


imageA new radio has been purchased for the kitchen.

It is a gorgeous Emma Bridgewater design.

Radio 4 has been preset to help me through the many hours I will spend in here over the coming weeks.

Finally, a quick update from other Fives – It seems that the Chapel has not, and will not, be handed over to the residents this year!

And, the youngest has had her hair cut, she is giving it as a Christmas gift to The Little Princess Trust, you can read about it here.

It is my work Christmas ‘do’ tonight, so  I will pop and visit you over the weekend.

Thank you Amy for hosting today and all year, you are a blogging star xxx


All that is left for me to do is to wish you all a very Merry and Peaceful Christmas!

Lots of love Lisa xxx



My Captured Moment!

This a departure for me today, instead of posting a throw back image, these are a series of pictures from `The Hair Cut` on Tuesday.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the youngest was gifting her hair to The Princess Trust for Christmas.

Here are the pictures.


This was taken just as we arrived.

I think she was a bit nervous but, at no point did she change her mind.


Then the plaits were both carefully cut off.


There they are!

I was surprised at how heavy they were.


Then to the shaping!


The result!

I think she looks so much older than 12, but it does suit her.


This is Michelle, the hairdresser, she has known Evie forever!

It was lovely of her to do it.

When we came to pay, she actually donated her fee to the cause, what a sweetheart.


Immediately after leaving the hairdressers, we had to rush to the school carol concert, Evie sings in the choir.

Therefore, posting the hair had to wait until last night.

It has been carefully transported to the depot by her dad this morning.

Amazingly, over £200 has been donated to her `Just Giving Page` and funds are still coming in.

We are so proud of her!


Have a lovely day!

My Monday Quote!


I like this quote a lot and believe it to be true.

When better than at Christmastime to perform a random act of kindness.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone performed one random act a day between now and Christmas Day?

What a difference it would make!

It doesn’t have to be some huge, expensive gesture, maybe just let someone into a queue of traffic, or give a compliment or, smile at a shop assistance and wish her Merry Christmas.

I am sure we all try to do these thing anyway, but what about a little something extra?

Just a small something that can and, probably will make a difference to someone’s day.

I’m going to do it, anyone else fancy it?



Have a lovely day!


My Festive Five!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Preparations are progressing at a manageable pace here on The Glade.

Himself seems to be surviving the madness that is his work. I’m trying to fight the evil bugs with nutrition.

We have the tree up and here are another five things that I am delighted to have ticked off my ‘to do’ list.



The kitchen is ready to welcome visitors.

I picked this sign up earlier this week, I keep popping into the kitchen to take a peek.



There are candles everywhere and I mean everywhere.

I love the icy smelling ones and I think candle light gives a lovely glow to the house at Christmas.



All the pictures have been replaced with ones of the girls with the big man.

It is a lovely way of seeing these precious pictures again.

I’m so glad that we always made a huge effort to go and see Father Christmas, we have some lovely pictures of the girls with him over the years.

Also making some great memories in the process.



The kitchen chairs are dressed for the season. Who knew that chairs needed hats? ha!

Actually, I am delighted with these covers, they are just so cute.



Now I am taking a risk here with all you talented ladies, but I have had a go at being creative.

I actually attached the baubles and bow to this wreath myself.

The youngest’s verdict “it doesn’t look too shabby” and that, is high praise indeed.

I am planning to decorate my Christmas cake this weekend, finish my wrapping and plan my menus.

How are your preparations coming along?


Have a lovely Day!