Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope 2012 is a good year. 
Courtesy of Google Images
2011 was a hard year and I have decided to do something I don't normally do and that is make New Year resolutions!  2012 will be the year the weight finally comes off and will be the year I get fitter - for too long I've talked and done very little action!  There will be no huge amounts of unpaid overtime at work.  Before Christmas I did 39 hours over 3 days - ridiculous - and boy have I suffered for it. 

2012 will also be the year that I get my confidence and self-esteem back and I can stand up and be counted!!! 
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and am looking forward to reading all your blogs whether they be about miniatures, losing weight or life in general :)

Monday, 26 December 2011

Heading North today!

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas - ours was hectic and not relaxing at all but today we're off to Glasgow - spending Boxing Day with my family and can't wait - bit of a do at my Aunt's house.    I always smile when we cross over the Scottish/English Border - I don't know why I just do!!!!   The weather is certainly different to last year - sunny but very windy and no snow at all and it's quite 'warm' for this time of the year.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Sorry for doing this wonderful poem again by Clement Moore but it conjures up Christmas for me!
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
Image from Google images

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Well Christmas is nearly here and I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and also to say hello to new followers who I fear I've neglected in welcoming you.  I hope you all have a magical time at Christmas.  

Friday, 16 December 2011

Fountains Abbey at Christmas

We went to Fountains Abbey last Sunday where the Abbey ruins were floodlit in wonderful coloured lights.   It was a pretty dull miserable day but it still felt quite magical.  If you've never been to Fountains Abbey and get the chance to go, I would highly recommend a visit.  We had mulled wine but sadly had missed the carol concert. 

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Lake View and Mini Xmas Dinners!

The outside of Lake View is finished apart from the chimney which needs gluing on.  I am quite pleased with it now.  Mr C has very kindly put five new lights in for me and in the bedroom and top room we've put two temporary lights in just for Christmas.  He has also put my Christmas trees in.  I decided that 'the couple' have just moved in and are still celebrating Christmas even though there is a lot of work to be done.   All the furniture is from my original house and I won't be getting any new furniture until after Christmas (or maybe Xmas day!!). 

I also purchased two of Mags Cassidy's Xmas Dinners and they are divine and she very kindly sent me the jar of sweets :)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Military Wives Choir - 'Wherever You Are'

Just had to share this link - the music is lovely and the words so meaningful.  

Gareth Malone who is a British Choirmaster put together a Military Wives Choir (their husbands were all away serving in Afghanistan).  He had this piece of music composed by Paul Mealor an outstanding Welsh composer.  The words came from excerpts from letters and poems that were written between the Military Wives and their Husbands and one of the women had the words 'Wherever you are, my love will keep you safe' engraved on a bracelet her husband had given her.

They performed this song live at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance.  The song is going to be released on 19 December 2011 with proceeds going to Royal British Legion and SSAFA.