Friday, 27 November 2015

My daughter gives me a wake up call...

I have always loved Christmas time, when the children were young I would surprise them and decorate the house while they were at school, when they came home and walk through the front door they were full of oohs and ahs, I loved their faces :)
Slowly one by one they left the nest, and I lost a small part of me in the process, then we have had heartache in the family, two members of Louie's family taking their own lives, health issue's the last four years have not always been easy but we all have a story.
I guess over the last few years I kind of lost a little bit of that Christmas magic.
Last week I went shopping with our youngest daughter Milly, who still lives at home with us, we were looking at Christmas decorations when our Milly told me how sad she felt about how Christmas had
changed in our home since she was a small girl, she also told me about this Robin decoration we had on our tree every year that had real feather's, where did it go? 
This gave me so much to think about, I needed to wake up and smell the roses!!
First things first is to replace the Robin,
 I found this little fellow.
I bought these stocking fillers for our Eva & Lou lou man, I love them, they are little iron skillets in two different shapes with a cookie mix.
I have picked more of our Bramley apples and canned them, I am getting more confident each time I do this.
Tomorrow there will be more planning for the preparation of Christmas, baking to be done leaves to be raked and cleared away in the garden, home is really cosy tonight.
Wishing those who call by a lovely weekend full of peace and contentment. God Bless x

Friday, 20 November 2015

Part 2 The museum

When planning Louie's birthday treat to London I researched what was in the area we were going to, a four minute walk from the market was a museum called "The Clink". Its the site of a prison built in the 1100, the doorway way in which you enter is the original entrance to the prison, its not my thing but I knew Louie would be interested as he loves History. The prison gives great detail in how the prisoner's were treated men, women and children, it was a little to gruesome for me and I could not bring myself to take to many photo's as the models were so life like.
When you enter the music playing is eerie and as you walk through each torture chamber you can hear how the prisoners suffered.
Louie about to enter,
I knew he would find it interesting it must be a man thing!
We later went for a walk by the Thames, the rain was starting to fall heavy so we decided to make our way back to the station. Another photo of St Paul's in the distance.
I had saved up my money from the room I rent out, I paid extra to travel first class on the train so we were guaranteed seat's and comfort. I took this photo of Louie on the train on our way home, our bellies full, a lovely day together. x

Thursday, 19 November 2015

A trip to London...

It was Louie's birthday last week he was 55yrs old, we met when he was 18!
He is not a man who needs much, so when I asked him what would he like he just gave me a blank look, that helps then.
We did not have a holiday this year not as much as a day at the seaside, so I thought perhaps a day out together, I asked him if he would like to go to London for the day, I have to give him plenty of notice as his work load is very busy, I got the ok and started to plan our trip. Now this was agreed before the awful events happened in Paris, my heart sunk for these innocent young people.
Over the weekend we made the decision to carry on with our planned day out, this is our day in pictures...
We arrive at Kings Cross Station, the weather was a little damp and misty,
We did not use the underground tubes, we travelled by taxi as I wanted Louie to see the sights, we went past St. Pauls cathedral which always reminds me of the iconic photo of London burning in the blitz all around the Cathedral which surprisingly came out undamaged.
We arrive at Borough Market and my plan is to take Louie to a restaurant for lunch and visit a museum,
There was this Muriel on the wall of the market traders back in the day, he blends in well don't you think! :)
The food stalls were amazing, I found the oyster bar, the guy told me they were from the coast of Ireland, my mouth is watering thinking about them,
Then we came across the paella, Louie fell to pieces as this is his favourite dish when we go on holiday.
You can guess what we had for lunch
So much for the posh restaurant I had in mind, but it was his day!
We bought some lovely cheese, ham, bread and French smoked sausages for us and our son in laws.
We then took a short walk to the museum but I am going to leave this for another post as I am running out of space.
I will leave you with a picture of the Shard, London's tallest building.