Mutterings of a Fool

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The Gallery – Christmas of Yesteryear

Tara of Sticky Fingers fame is inherently a nosy person and she likes nothing more than encouraging us foolish gallery followers to reveal embarrassing and funny photos of ourselves. This week being a case in point, the prompt is Christmas of Yesteryear, no doubt she expected some dodgy hair cuts, cheesy present opening scenes or fashion disasters. Well I’m sorry to disappoint Mrs Cain but you wont find any of that here, this may or may not have anything to do with the fact that my parents keep all those photos in a safe place and viewing is strictly on a need to know basis.

So this week instead I give you our Yesteryear aka Christmas before we had children. It may only be a few years ago that these photos were taken but an awful lot has changed in that time. We are now house owners, we have a crazy crazy dog and a beautiful little daughter. This Christmas we will be at home establishing family traditions to be repeated for many years, we’ll spend a glorious week together enjoying the festive season and eating until our bellies pop out.

But just 3 years ago things were very different, we lived in a rented flat in the centre of Bristol and the lady of the manor was working a night shift on Christmas day. So it was just the 2 of us for Christmas, with a small roast dinner and a couple of glasses of wine for me. A very strange day, a happy day but definitely strange and ending with me spending the evening and night on my own. In a way Christmas passed us by a little bit, sure we had some presents and a real tree, but the usual excitement wasn’t there and we had no family to share it with.

This year I am just a teeny tiny bit excited about it being Matilda’s first Christmas, the first and last with one child! We have a very cosy and Christmasy feeling house, we have a feast planned and family joining us to share the occasion with. This is exactly how I want Christmas to be from now on. I CANNOT WAIT!

So Merry Christmas to you all and thanks for reading.

P.S Yes the secret to the lady of the manors happiness is a rocky road from Hotel Chocolat. Cheap date…

It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas….

BIG excitement in this Fools household today, I had one days holiday left to take this year so decided to take a long weekend so that we could get the house all christmasy (it is December after all). The most important part being of course putting up the tree. We are most definitely a real tree family and as ever my role was stopping the lady of the manor buying one that was massive. They always look smaller outdoors, but then you undo the netting in your lounge and WHOOSH half the room is full of tree.

We did pretty well this time, not too big but lovely and bushy all over. Plus I got to make use of my inner lumber jack and do some sawing to get it to fit into the stand, albeit with a hand saw and not a chainsaw. As it’s our first Christmas as a proper family it’s also quite fun establishing our own traditions to do each year. Matilda now has her own stocking which I hope she’ll use for as long as I have mine and we bought her a bauble with her name on to remember her first Christmas. Perhaps we’ll buy a new one each year?

One thing to note though is that our tree is under strict control of the lady of the manor, all decorations are either red or gold and they must be evenly spaced throughout the tree. Lights are white only and god forbid you go anywhere near the tree with tinsel!

But this is only the start of a weekend of all things Christmas, tomorrow we are going to the Bath Christmas market with the in-laws, a lovely event on the cobbled streets in Bath. Then on Sunday we’re going to visit Frome for their Artisan Christmas market, where we may even see the queen of Frome herself Christine Mosler. The big question is how many mince pies can I eat in one weekend?