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 –

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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.

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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.

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

She is delighted with it.

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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!

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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

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

Lots of love Lisa xxx

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Have a lovely Day!

 

 

 

Five On Friday!

I am so thankful it is Friday!

The lurgy continues to linger in our house, thankfully it is only effecting the adults.

Thank you to everyone who left lovely comments last week about the youngest’s hair cut.

The response has been overwhelming and she has already  been inundated with sponsor money from her school friends.

People have shared some very touching stories and one, in particular, made us both very emotional earlier this week.

I am so very proud of her!

So on to the rest of our week.

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It has been a funny old week when not much went to plan. However, I think it is becoming our norm and I am learning to roll with it.

Just as I was preparing the Christmas cake to go in the oven last Saturday, we received a phone call from the eldest telling us that her heating had broken.

I knew it had snowed in Manchester the night before and that it was bitterly cold.

So, we made an unexpected mercy dash to the wilds of Manchester with our little fan heater.

Of course, there was much recalculating involved because the cake needed nearly four hours in the oven and the youngest was going out for the afternoon.

The little one came home early and I turned the oven off before the end but left the cake in.

She was delighted to see her sister and the cake was absolutely fine.

The eldest was very grateful!

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The eldest works in a pizza restaurant and so we made a booking in  another name and surprised her.

She was shocked but delighted!

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As a bonus we got to explore the Manchester Christmas Market.

It was absolutely packed on Saturday night, there were so many lovely stalls and food vendors.

I think we will have to have another trip before Christmas to have a proper mooch around.

It definitely got us in the Christmas mood.

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I have spent a lot of time this week wrapping presents.

Himself is the youngest of 7, most of them have families of their own and some even have grandchildren.

We buy them all, so I have to start the shopping early or I would be panicking by now.

I really don’t like wrapping Christmas presents because there are so many in one go.

So I have tried to space it out a bit this week and whilst it was better, it is still not my favourite job!

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I think I bought this book intending to give it as a gift.

However, I love it and have decided to give it to myself as an early Christmas present ha!

It looks brilliant and there are a few things that I want to try this weekend.

So there it is,  my five for what it is worth this week.

We are planning a quiet weekend, himself is working, it is so busy for him at this time of year in the Post Office.

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Thank you Amy for hosting.

Have a lovely day!

Five On Friday!

What a week!

We have had the lurgy at The Glade HQ, so between that and world events this week, it has not been the most carefree of times to say the least!!!

But as usually happens in these situations, my children amaze me.

For example, on Wednesday evening during dinner, the youngest asked if she could have her hair cut into a ‘Pixie Cut’.

My immediate response was to say no, never, because I am paranoid about head lice and that mane needs to be tied up.

However, she went on to explain that she wanted to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

This is a charity that provides wigs for children suffering from hair loss.

She has decided that she will try to get sponsorships too.

I am so incredibly proud of her as are her friends, to be fair we are all a little bit amazed.

After all this is the tweenager who cried last time 2 inches was cut off her hair.

Therefore, if she is prepared to make this sacrifice for others, it gives me hope for the world in general!

So, to my five for this week;

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This beautiful head of thick, lush hair will, on the 22nd December, be gifted to Little Princess Trust.

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I would not be at all surprised if this is the hair style she comes away with, Audrey wears it so well but will a 12 year old?

But as the little Miss said herself, she knows her hair will grow back, others are not as fortunate.

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In a complete change of tone, last Saturday we went on a tour of the Mersey Tunnel.

The Tunnel has featured heavily in my life and I, once more, drive through it twice a day.

I will write a post about it for next week, but I have had a reoccurring nightmare about being stuck in there since I was about 7.

It was a fascinating morning, I was amazed at times and have definitely come away reassured.

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On Monday, I posted about having a lovely day!

This week, I printed off the instructions and framed them, they now adorn my newly painted kitchen wall.

Please feel free to print them off yourself if you would like, I don’t think LifeHack.org would mind for a moment.

I am delighted with the result.

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Finally, I have been making some Christmas plans this week.

I have still not baked the cake, this will have to happen this weekend.

But when we popped to a local shop to buy a gift for a charity collection, the youngest picked this owl decoration for our tree.

We think he is really cute and very Glade appropriate because, we share our trees with a very noisy owl or two.

That is it for this week. We have been trying to recover our mojo and do our bit, some more than others – I am looking at you Miss Glade xxx

We have plans to take my 84 year old Mother in Law out to the Museum of Liverpool this weekend, if it isn’t too windy, she keeps us all entertained.

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Have a lovely lovely day xx

 

 

 

Five on Friday!

It has been a funny week here in The Glade.

We seem to have been even busier than normal and I am still trying to catch up from my time away at the end of last month.

Couple that with having the kitchen decorated and as a consequence the whole house is a tip, well lets just say, I need the weekend!

Once more I am joining with Amy for Five on Friday!

Here are my five happy things from this week –

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The Weeping Window poppies that were at the Tower of London last year have come to Liverpool.

I took this picture on Saturday evening. It was so very moving.

The lovely Karen at Crimson Kettle wrote about poppies last week for her Five on Friday, it was lovely! This picture is for you Karen x

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The Liverpool Pals are very closely associated with the association where I work.

The statue of The Unknown Soldier is looked after by the association and is located just outside.

My lovely colleague Tom organised the most beautiful service to commemorate Armistice Day on Wednesday.

It was very moving and exceptionally well attended.

Everyone who took part was delighted with Tom’s efforts, he did the Pals proud.

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On Tuesday, myself and the rest of my colleagues went to a beautiful venue in the city next to the marina, for a food tasting session.

The chef was bidding to cater for an event that is planned for next year and invited us all along.

Instead of giving us little samples, he cooked the most beautiful three course lunch, it was epic and such an unexpected treat!

The picture is of the dessert, Oh My Chocolate Tart!

It was gorgeous!

I did actually do some work this week ha!

Four – A Chapel update!

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Having lamented about the lack of progress on our Chapel in a recent post, it seems that work has begun.

A safety fence was erected around it while I was in San Francisco and workmen have been spotted in the vicinity this week.

Furthermore, Bovis Homes have sent an email pledging to hand it over to the residents by the 9th December 2015.

We are a little sceptical about this because all our houses were late.

However, this is huge progress, they have been silent on the matter for so long.

They have refused a meeting with the residents to discuss the details, nevertheless it’s exciting to see anything happening over there.

 I will keep you in the loop!

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It is Children In Need day today here in England.

I took a cake to work to raffle yesterday and was overwhelmed by the generosity of most of my colleagues.

I was hoping to bake more cakes for a cake sale, however the kitchen still resembles a building site, so will have to postpone it until Monday.

That’s my five for this week.

I have plans to sort the kitchen this weekend and, Gabriella is promising to pop home on Sunday!

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Thank you Amy for hosting.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

 

Five on Friday!

Hello my lovelies, I seem to have stumbled into Friday!

I missed last week because I was away for work in San Francisco.

I’ve no idea if it’s a great city or not because I barely stepped foot outside the hotel, it was pretty full on.

I have been fighting severe jet lag ever since, especially given that we got caught up in the fog delays at Heathrow airport.

Here are my Five on Friday in no particular order.

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I did get to cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the only chilly, foggy day of my entire stay.

It was a beautiful sight as the fog descended before our very eyes.

There were some spectaculars photographs taken but obviously not by me ha! I was too cold cold to get my phone out again!

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On a spectacularly beautiful day, I got to the door of the Ferry Building to be called back to the hotel by my boss.

This picture is totally unfiltered, the sky was that beautiful shade for most of my visit.

I never did make it inside and for a bit of a foodie like me, I am afraid that it might end up being one of the biggest regrets of my life that I never got to see it.

Or maybe not, because we have just heard that the eldest may be going out that way to work next summer.

So maybe I will get to walk aimlessly around the ferry building one day!!

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I also didn’t get to ride the tram or trolley car.

But I did see them and they all looked fab.

There seemed to plenty of modes of transport in San Fran!

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The eldest requested that I purchased some make up for her and that was literally all I had time to run and buy.

This is the holiday edition packaging, isn’t it beautiful?

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Comfort food has definitely been needed since my return.

Himself has obliged and looked the Minestrone Soup Eastham style up on the blog yesterday.

He made it for a quick bonfire night dinner.

It was delicious and he was delighted with the results.

It really is so quick and easy, something magical happens to the ingredients when they are in the slow cooker.  It was perfect for bonfire night.

That’s my five for this week. We are planning a quiet weekend with plenty of down time after school mass on Saturday.

What have you been up to?

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Thank you Amy for hosting!

Have a lovely weekend y’all x x x

Gabriella’s Five on Friday!

It’s been another ridiculously busy week this week, I’m glad to welcome both the weekend and half term.

Given that her sister shared her Five On Friday when it was her birthday, the eldest has insisted that she do the same ha!

Happy 20th Birthday Gabriella – not a teenager anymore. We are all looking forward to seeing you later twinkle x x x

So here are Gabriella’s Five On Friday;

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I discovered a new favourite drink this week, Mango Daiquiri. Mum this is surely a healthy drink incorporating one of my five a day. It’s delicious!

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I’m at uni in Manchester and this week I discovered a new cake shop.

Ice Stone Gelato is on Oxford Road and after a long day in Uni, myself and some friends on my course found ourselves in there.

I had a peanut butter creation, it was gorgeous. I’m looking forward to taking my family there, they would love it.

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The temperature has dropped in Manchester this week.

We were so cold one evening that my housemate Ivy made this fabulous hot chocolate.

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My friends on my course gave me this beautiful Pandora ring for my birthday. It’s so pretty and I am delighted.

I can’t wait to see what the parentals have treated me to, Mum has been going on about it for weeks.

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My friends.

This picture is of some if my friends on my course. I have lovely housemates too and regularly see/go out with my housemates from last year.

I appreciate how very lucky I am that I have such great friends in Manchester. They make all the difference.

This evening I am popping over to Liverpool for an early dinner with the fam.

Then I’m straight back on the train to Manchester for a celebratory night out, to say goodbye to my teens in style.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Elle xx

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Thank you Amy for hosting.

Have a lovely weekend!!