Wednesday, 11 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Last Thursday saw us sneaking a day off from work to head to the bright lights of London. I have very special memories of being a child and my Dad bundling us into the car to see the Christmas lights when he was working in London. We stayed up really late and visited Toys r Us on the way home as an extra special treat.

Sion's work arranged coach travel for employees and their families to spend the day in London where we were free to spend the day how we choose. After a little bit of investigating I booked tickets to explore the Ice Kingdom at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It was £7.50 for adults and although the tickets were in time slots you could spend as long as you wanted inside, although at -10 degrees C you didn't want to spend too long inside!

Then it was off to Oxford Street, through Covent Garden and into the West End for dinner at the Waldorf Hilton for a beautiful three course meal.

All the festive decorations really made us feel festive and so the weekend was spent choosing our Christmas tree and decorating it with old and new decorations. I have some decorations that I've had for ten years and each year I buy one or two new ones to add to the collection.

Now all that's left to do is the wrapping of presents and the writing of cards!

Linking up with The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers where today's prompt was 'Feeling Festive'.

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Friday, 6 December 2013

Five Sentence Fiction - Highway

It was the sound of the bell over the door, muffled by years of use, that pulled her attention from the dog-eared magazine that a previous customer had left behind. 
Her hope soared, as her sidelong glance took in the height, build and hair colour of the travel weary man.
It had been so long since she had last seen his face, perhaps the hours she spent behind the counter had made her mind play cruel tricks, could it really be that he had kept his promise to come back to this stretch of highway? 
Working in this diner meant there was a constant stream of people stepping in and out of her life, some returning so regularly that she could predict their order before they had even sat in their booth.
As he came closer she could see the tiredness that was etched in his face fall away as he noticed her behind the counter, tears of joy silently falling as she realised he had returned.

This short story is being linked to Lillie McFerrin's Five Sentence Fiction. Please take a moment to read the other stories here.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Bitten by the ho ho ho bug...

Christmas has finally arrived on the little corner of the South Coast that I call home. I had a moment of panic before we went on holiday and ordered a few gifts online, but that was the extent of Christmas cheer I had.

Roll forward 2 weeks and the holiday is over! Since I went back to work I've brain stormed, price checked, ordered and received most of the gifts that are my responsibility. There are the usual difficult to buy for stragglers that I am waiting for divine intervention to take place, but the end of shopping is in sight.

Such is my building excitement for the crafting opportunities that surround Christmas, I found myself in Hobbycraft after work yesterday. They have a 3 for 2 sale on at the moment for a whole range of decorations, stamps, tapes and enough glitter to recreate the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom on a budget. I now appear to be making Christmas tree decorations and hand-stamping my own Christmas wrapping paper.

Sion is going to Wales in the next few weeks, so I'll have ample opportunity to decorate the flat and the tree. We are having an ongoing argument that the flat is too small for a tree (it isn't) and there's no point in decorating if we are going away on Boxing Day (there is).

To build the wintery Christmas excitement even more we are heading up to London on Thursday. Sion wants to see the Christmas Events in Selfridges and I've booked tickets to the Ice Kingdom at Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park.

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. By the time we've finished we'll be dressed as little elves, spreading Christmas cheer! We are going to have Thursday evening free so I'm looking for suggestions for things to do for a few needs to be in walking distance of Oxford Street and not involving eating...any suggestions will be gratefully received!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Life's a Beach...

Well we're back in the slightly cold UK after our fantastic holiday to Cuba and in the last two days we've washed, shopped, cleaned and packed away. Sion is back at work today and the trip is fast becoming a dream memory that we will never forget.

As is normal we took photo after photo, often 5 of the same scene and plenty of blurred images of a scuttling lizard than was as still as a rock until the camera was pulled out!

We stayed at Varadero beach which is 140km from the capital city of Havana, on the Atlantic ocean coast. Our days were filled with walks along the shoreline, sunning ourselves on the beach or by the pool and eating our own body weight in buffet and gourmet food. Sion discovered a love of mojitos and grilled fish at the beach bar, whereas I swayed towards daiquiris morning, noon & night!

We did escape the resort on three days to take a catamaran cruse to Cayo Blanco, a jeep safari to underground caves and of course into Havana to soak up the colonial architecture and scent of cigars. Havana deserves its own posting, but for now these photos will show why Cuba was our magic moment of the year!

 I am linking up this week to The Oliver's Madhouse Magic Moments - take a look at the other blogs joining in!