Whilst I had hoped to be all up and running on the blog once we’d unpacked, Mr BT has had other ideas and won’t be coming to install our phone and internet until 7 January. Hence this face.
As I cannot cope with writing proper posts on my phone with only limited 3G, I’ll be somewhat MIA on here for a while.
I am looking forward to getting back online and posting as usual, but I have to say limited internet is quite blissful.
More soon and Season’s Greetings.
A thought has entered my mind- raccoons. I don’t know what has prompted this, but I’ve suddenly remembered that these rascals of creatures look delightful with their little bandit masks. I think I would rather like to see one in the wild.
But I suspect for now, I will have to settle for lusting after these instead.
Raccoon Plushie, £10.00 via Etsy
Raccoon Canvas Pillow, £14.18 via Etsy Continue reading
You may remember that way back in September, I spoke about the Blogger’s Book Club here? Well, it’s back with it’s second installment. Again organised by Alice and Jenny, you can find out more here if you want to join in too. This time’s book? A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I loved The President’s Hat, so am looking forward to getting stuck in with this one over the remaining festive period.
My favourite thing about my little trip to Brussels? The food. Turns out that the Beligians really do like eating. And the same sort of foods that I love in fact. Excellent. Continue reading
Can I let you in on a little secret? Board games are my favourite part of Christmas. Sitting down with friends or family, bowls of nibbles, a good drink and an amazing board game is so relaxing- especially with a real fire in the background (I love my parents’ woodburner). So, here’s a little list of my absolute favourites.
Mapominoes– literally my favourite game ever! There was a Christmas Day incident a few years back where my sister (in her twenties…) may have shed a few tears and being torn away from The Only Way is Essexmas for a round of this one. Imagine a game of dominoes, but instead of numbers, you have countries. Other than that description (which is awful), you just have to play it- it’s amazing fun.
The Logo Game– if you want to realise how much of a capitalist, consumerist culture we live in, then this is for you. Quick to pick up, easy to play and fun for all ages. This one is particularly funny to play with Chris’s parents as his Dad inevitably loses which does not go down well!
Articulate– you know the one! Describing the word on the card without actually saying it? Hours of entertainment.
Absolute Balderdash– kind of like call my bluff. Each round you have to all make up a definition of something, which will be read out along with the real answer- the aim is to work out which one is real, but somehow the true answers are normally more ridiculous than the ones that are made up. This also gets funnier the more drinks that are downed whilst playing it.
Cluedo– I love this one. So much so, I’ve got an exact system for recording my guesses and thoughts on the litle pre-printed sheet. I actually bought a new copy half price in Tesco about a month ago, so worth looking around for some good deals.
Monopoly– a true classic. And one that I never play because EVERY time I suggest it I get the response of ‘But we’ll be here all night’ …Yes, and?
Now, down that mince pie and get on with a board game or two. Nothing like a bit of competitive spirit before sitting down to Christmas dinner!
While clearing out the tea shelf (yep, there is an entire shelf in my kitchen dedicated to tea), I came across a lot of forgotten loose leaf teas. Now that I’ve finished off the black tea version of the No.25 samplers I bought in Brussels, I needed something light but warming and when I came across this one, it fitted the bill perfectly. It’s a lovely black tea with Vanilla and I love this one fairly milky on a cold afternoon.
A malty Assam leaf tea refined with Bourbon vanilla pieces – the highest quality vanilla money can buy.
Vanilla lovers, this blend is for you. We recommend you try it with foamed milk and a piece of cane sugar.
Many months ago, I discovered this beautiful set of Amsterdam snapshots at a Car Boot Sale. I don’t know when they date from but I just knew I wanted to frame these shots of my favourite place. Chris came up with the idea at the time of tracking down the locations and seeing what they look like today. Which is what we did…