Monday, 30 December 2013

Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings to you all from my poor neglected blog.  The last few weeks were SO chaotic (both in terms of a ridiculous workload at the end of term and lots of lovely Christmas stuff with family and friends).  My new year's resolution must be to post more regularly again.....!

Anyway, here's the edited highlights from December...  The harp moved out of the lounge so that the Christmas tree could move in.  I was very proud of the 'new look' silver and gold tree (63 baubles for £5 from a local Charity shop!)

The harp has taken up temporary residence in a corner of the dining room.  This photo was taken on Christmas morning.  There were five of us for Christmas dinner this year (my parents and Mark's Mum).  My sister and her family went to stay with her Father in Law in Derbyshire.

Thomas the cat has really enjoyed having his humans around.... in the form of open access to the sofa and an almost unlimited supply of treats!

On Christmas Eve we took my parents and Mark's Mum for a little drive around the Cotswolds.  This is the church in Temple Guiting.  Mum particularly wanted to see this village because she's recently read a murder mystery based in the area.

We then stopped off at the tea rooms near Broadway Tower..... A coffee break seamlessly moved into a lunch stop too!

The views from the windows were so gorgeous that it seemed a shame to move on..

Eventually we drove down the hill to Chipping Camden and stopped to explore another church.

The church was full of families rehearsing for the Nativity play and Christingle Service..... All very festive!

A very important, non-festive, development in our lives has been the arrival of another (!!!) Marcos.  You can probably see that it's another major project to entertain Mark for a few years.  (He gets as excited about Marcos parts as I do about wool and crochet projects!).  However it has to be said that family and friends are slightly bemused by the fact that this is Marcos number 3....

I hope that you are all enjoying the last couple of days of 2013
and all my best wishes for 2014!


  1. Nice to hear from you, I'm glad that all is well and that you've enjoyed the festive period. Thomas looks like he's been enjoying himself too. All the very best to you and yours for 2014.

  2. Lots of excitement going on in your neck of the woods around the holidays !
    I can't get my mind off "the harp" how beautiful to have one !
    Marcos aren't bad either . lol

  3. Yes it is nice to hear from you - I was thinking about you a few days ago and wondering how you were. Sounds like you've had a nice Christmas - the views from that tea room are gorgeous, it looks like my kind of place! Hope you have a great new year.

  4. Glad you enjoyed your Christmas and lovely that you could get out in the fresh air for some trips after your busy time of late. Happy New Year
    Patricia x

  5. Looks like you had a lovely Christmas and Thomas looks as if he had a great time too! As soon as I saw the name Temple Guiting I knew that I'd read a book with that village in it and it was a murder mystery. Happy New Year:)

  6. Glad you had a lovely Christmas Jan. Do you play the harp? I have never noticed it before.(maybe I'm just not that observant?). Hope you have a wonderful 2014.

  7. It's nice to see a new post from you. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year!

  8. Happy almost new year to you! Your harp looks gorgeous x

  9. That harp is beautiful no matter where it is parked! I think I would have begged you to play Silent Night on it or something--good thing I stayed home, LOL. You do realize that you live in a beautiful part of the world, don't you?

  10. Fabulous photos Jan - I always enjoy your days out! Your harp is certainly a beautiful object.

  11. Happy New Year Jan! Thomas looks very contented. x

  12. Oh, Jan, thank you for visiting! Baby was soooo excited to receive seasonal purrs from Thomas, especially when I told her he was from Worcester, only 20 minutes from us! (I think she had ideas of a play date for the two of them!) What a handsome fellow he is, with similar markings to Baby even! Sadly, I soon realized that you are NOT anywhere near Worcester, Massachusetts, but across the ocean blue! I have not yet broken the news to Baby.

    Your blog header is phenomenal! I am a sky person (as you may have gathered if you've read some of my past posts!)

    I'm so happy you had a wonderful visit from family over the holidays. Your pictures were just gorgeous - that one of the countryside made me swoon!

    A very Happy New Year to you and yours, Jan! May you and hubby enjoy your hobbies to the fullest this year!!!!!