So for another year, all the sparkly decorations have been packed away. Christmas 2015 has been lovely......relaxed, good company, good food and happiness. It has been pretty difficult to 'snap out of it' to be honest. The run up to Christmas with school age children (in three different schools) is busy to say the least. We picked up the children from school on the last day of school and took off to Cardiff for the night. It was such a big treat for us 'countryfolk'! Hotel, meal out and shops....a welcome break from the same four walls and routine.
Away has gone my advent calendar that I made some years ago. Despite the lack of chocolate the children still seem keen to see what will come out next.
New to our family traditions is a big portion of Sue's Caramel Popcorn (recipe from Mrs. Micawber blog) Along with the batch of Ruth's coconut mince pies.
(These are not the only favourite things from other bloggers....one can't blog and not be affected! )
I've rattled through a few makes, some of which were presents. The christmas tree hat was for a friend who runs a food and basics bank and at Christmas also manages to give out presents to children who would otherwise have nothing in our county. Anyway after promising a hat, this was my offering
This was a scarf I made from Crafts from the Cwtch's pattern Little Bear's Porridge.
This shawl was a happy skein of yarn from Mothy and the Squid and the pattern was
The painting above was a commissioned gift for a young lady who has been doing charity work in Durban, South Africa with young mums and children.
This is a painting of Chester our beagle for a competition, unfortunately I did not place, but I enjoyed the process!
We've enjoyed some lovely walks in the past week or so, despite the dreadful British weather at the moment. We have somehow got out of the habit of doing longer family walks, we must get back to it.
Apart from more of the above, I hope that 2016 is filled with a few more challenges. I somehow managed to pull off my first race, which was a 10k in September....I ran the whole lot, which I was fairly smug about....not bad for a lazy girl. I am hoping that this year might hold a half marathon.....although I am realistic that I may not have the time to train.
I am still pressing on with my German (with far too many major wobbles just recently) I have never found anything more difficult or nerve wracking. I am supposed to travel to Jena, Germany next month and the idea of it makes me feel pretty queasy! If I have an hour to work out what I want to say and a notebook I'm ok.....but conversations don't generally work like that!!
Anyway....if I can do these things then so can anyone....
All the very best for you and yours in 2016!!