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.

Four

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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!

Five

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

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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

 

 

My Monday Quote!

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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?

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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.

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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.

Two

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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.

Three

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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.

Five

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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!

 

 

 

My Captured Moment!

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Christmas 2008

I am sticking with a Christmas theme.

In 2008, Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture.

It was a fantastic year to be in the city, there was so much going on.

One of the city’s sights is the Superlambanana and in 2008, replicas were placed all over the place as part of a trail.

We spent a fabulous summer finding Lambananas in the most ingenious places.

So you can imagine our glee when we went to see Father Christmas that year and we were greeted by a Lambanana in his Christmas outfit.

This picture always reminds me of that great summer and Christmas excitement.

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Have a lovely day!

Fake v Real : The Dilemma!

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You do know I mean Christmas trees not body parts don’t you ha?

When we were first married we always had a fake tree, well we were childless and far more interested in going out on the town and hosting parties.

Gradually though, I leaned towards a real tree and after much persuading, Himself wasn’t convinced, that is what we have had for about the last ten years.

I love a real tree, it feels homely, welcoming and, each one is different.

However, because I like the tree to be in the window, we have found ourselves a bit restricted for space in our new home.

Last year, we literally had to cram out lovely Norwegian Spruce into the small space that usually houses the pouffe.

It was crooked the whole time, despite my daily attempts to straighten it.

So this year, I have bitten the bullet and faked it once more.

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Actually, I am rather pleased with it.

It has beautiful lush branches that have been flocked to within an inch of their lives, which I think looks really pretty.

Also, because it is one of those slim sorts, unlike me, it fits the space perfectly.

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I have gone for the Nordic look this year and the tree is decorated completely in white.

But I think this tree would look lovely decorated any which way, I think I will switch to bold again for next year.

It is just the smell that I miss, there really is nothing that says Christmas more than the smell of a real Christmas tree, is there?

 

Do you fake it or have a real one?

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Have a lovely day!