Monday, 31 December 2012

Roll on 2013

Well Christmas has been and gone and the New Year is imminent, bring it on. 

Christmas was lovely, quiet but one of the best ever. I did decorate the tree and even put some decorations up in the lounge, got these fab paper garlands and hanging things from Not on the high street The lounge still needs more to make it look festive but at least it's a start. Here is the tree and self styled guardian of said tree, Harley.

Did really well for pressies again this year, a new lens for my camera (been too wet to play but looking forward to the nicer weather), pitt big brush pens, cd's, new book, fab pencil case made by my pal Kathb and a hamper full of goodies, also made by Mrs B. So a good time was had by all.

We are having a quiet night in tonight, takeaway and maybe even a little tipple or two but unlikely MP or I will stay up to see in the New Year. 

I will be glad to see the back of 2012. It started off on a crappy note with the death on New Years Eve of my beloved Muggle and hasn't really improved a lot since then. A year of uncertainty with the impending closure of PCT's (thanks Mr Lansley) has been clarified with recent matching and pooling of jobs in the 'new' organisation and I didn't. Then applying for left over jobs in the new organisations and I didn't get offered so now it's looking like I will be made redundant at the end of March. The letters came Christmas Eve, how's that for timing! A close friend has also had a bad year with family ill health and that's another reason for wishing the old year out, and a new improved year in, so come on 2013, New Year to look forward to.

RIP Muggle - missed every day x

So signing off and wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. May 2013 bring you everything you wish for xx See you next year with news of the 2013 photography scavenger hunt.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

To decorate or not to decorate?

Well the countdown has begun and the BIG question in our house, do we decorate the tree or not? We don't have many Ch*****as decorations for around the house so the tree kind of looks a bit out of place on it's own all sparkly in an otherwise less sparkly room. With it just being MP and I we sometimes don't bother (unless KathB has threatened to descend on us and put it up), so the jury is still out on whether we bother putting the tree up or not.

I'm nearly there with the presents, just a few more to sort out and then the wrapping. I am determined not to be last minute again this year, it's just way too stressful.

Food is ordered and being collected or delivered on Ch*****as Eve, having managed to secure the day off work, and then I intend to get the dessert and veggies sorted so not a lot to do on the day itself.

I don't know what I am getting off Father Ch*****as this year, I have decided to join in with project life for 2013 (an album of your life week by week) so I may ask for a new album and some page protectors to prepare but what I really want is an antique typewriter (don't ask me why).

I've had a few days off work this week. MP was supposed to have the first of his cataracts done but they cancelled him on the day so it's been re-arranged for next week. So I kept the days off to keep Sam company and do some jobs, including getting winter tyres on the new car just in case!

We had some nice walks, cold but at least dry and with the frost this week the ground has got a bit firmer so it's been less muddy which has been a treat. The dry crisp weather is excellent for taking photos and these from my phone have come out really well.

Rainbow over the moors


 Same using Hipstamatic

The water tower at Watergrove

Finally a couple of the layouts I promised previously. One for MP's album and one for mine.

 Fabulous spectacles embellishment from Sarah Hurley

So off to watch elementary now, so till next time.