There were concerts and Year 11 Parents Evening (on the PENULTIMATE night of term - stupid school!) There were also pre-Christmas meals and drinks with family and friends AND a trip to see Mark's Dad and Brother in Oxford.
In the middle of all of this I was crocheting like made to finish a blanket. I made it as a Christmas present for my friend who showed me how to crochet back in March. I made a label which read "For my Teacher" - she was really delighted with it!
My Mother-in-Law stayed from the 24th ~ 27th so the whole house had to be nice and tidy. She's actually pretty relaxed about these things but I like my visitors to feel as if I've made a bit of effort.
Mark was responsible for the tree. He likes lots of lights - this year there are over 300! Thomas is transfixed every evening by all the twinkles!
We had Christmas Eve at my house then went to my Sister's for Christmas Day. This is the table set for 9 of us at my Sister's house.
On Boxing Day we loaded Mark's Mum and my Parents into the old Discovery and went for a picnic. The weather was a little unrealiable so we went up to Ironbridge and went for a short walk by the river. Here's Mark and his Mum on the famous 'iron bridge'...
We were surprised that there seemed so many people around on a cold mid-winter day. Then we realised that they'd come to see some lady Morris Dancers, who were clearly maintaining a local tradition and dancing on the bridge on Boxing Day...
In the end we left the shops and went down by the river to walk by the floods. Fortunately the flood defences seem to be doing their job and people's homes and businesses are dry.
Now I'm back in the 'blogosphere' and catching up on all your news.
Season's Greetings to you all! Jx