The tree is up and decorated. I did intend getting a real tree this year, but after wasting a couple of hours out and about trying to find a not too large Norway spruce (I like the smell of a Norway spruce, why else bother I think!), I decided to plump for the cheaper, easier option and retrieved the artificial tree from the loft.
The tree fits well in the corner of the bay window and minimal furniture rearranging was required to accommodate it.
These photos were taken on a lovely sunny day. Imagine lots of banging noises to accompany the pictures as the roofers were busy fixing the slates while I faffed around taking photos of the sunny and tidy (for us) living room. I'm so glad the roof is now sorted, we've had another few days of very windy wet weather and it's good to know the house is weathertight again.
My favourite decoration, the matchbox nativity set makes its annual appearance...
...in its usual position in front of the clock on the mantlepiece.
The children decorated the tree and did a good job once again, I don't think there was a single bauble left in the box once they'd finished.
We've been having some lovely sunrises,
and pretty sunsets.
I've made 48 of these things. I've still lots of mincemeat left. I'm not sure I can face making any more individual pies so I may try spreading the mincemeat on some puff pastry and making a giant mincepie slice. Anyone tried doing this before?
N had one of his friends round after school and they decorated some fairy cakes. This was the last one left. It was yummy, despite the polar bear only having one ear.
I've another essay to write, I find essay writing surprisingly hard. I hadn't realised how much of a scientist/engineer I actually am - I'd much rather be given a big set of experimental data to analyse than screeds of academic waffle to make sense of and draw meaningful conclusions from. It's not due till Jan 6th so I'm sure I'll find plenty of opportunities for procrastination till then. It is nearly Christmas after all!