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These last 6 weeks have been pretty manic.

There have been work issues which have needed resolving. It was a worrying time – but things appeared to have sorted themselves out – mostly.

Also within my teaching role I had an observation – which always requires lots of extra preparation at an already busy time! Compiled folders, schemes of work, lesson plans, resources – and a good grade later – I was pleased to finally have some time to start preparing for Christmas.

Some new little festive gifts for around the house appeared to be in order! Some Christmas bunting, some new decorations, this very cute advent calendar for the door – and another for the cats – and what every home needs: a tweed reindeer! ;-)
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We had our annual ‘bottle & bauble’ party – which about 25 friends attended. So, of course, before this, we had to buy and decorate the tree – it took us all evening but looked lovely when it was finished.

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New lights were bought for the tree and for around the fireplace mirror (although I still think it looks a little bit like a ‘lady of the night’ boudoir!) LOL. Much mulled wine was drunk and candlelight continually filled the house.

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Many Christmas markets were attended – and presents bought. I appear to spend more and more each year – so decided that I would also treat myself to a couple of things with the money my mum and dad sent for Christmas. (Have you heard me?…pretending that I never treat myself to anything!!) I bought this gorgeous Victorian framed portrait for above the piano – and this stunning (and very heavy) 3 ft tall church statue of Mary and baby Jesus. My love for religious icons resurfacing yet again!

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As the days to Christmas have counted down – we’ve caught up with friends and attended parties – and now on Christmas Eve, here I sit – with another two parties ahead, presents to deliver and cleaning to be done! We have the in-laws this Christmas before heading down south to my own family.

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So, all that’s left to do is wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas full of love, light & laughter. Best Wishes for the coming New Year – see you around very soon xx