So here we are, literally just days away from Christmas and with sadly so much uncertainty about the week ahead surrounding us. I think we had such high hopes that this year would be easier, but it looks as though the latest strain of Covid has other plans. I hope very much that whatever happens you will remain well, and if we have to postpone it all, then we will. But as I’ve always told my children, and it’s been my mantra throughout many different scenarios in my life “nothing changes until it changes”. When I was ill I adjusted it slightly – “it’s nothing until they tell me it’s something”, and it’s something that’s served me very well. I hope whatever keeps you feeling upbeat and positive you’ll find it in spadesful.
So rather than dwelling on the negative, I thought I’d share some lovely positive pictures of places and people with you. On Saturday 4th December my daughter Lucy organised for Honey, my younger granddaughter Calla and me to take an open-top bus tour to enjoy the Christmas lights in London. I’ve never done this before and haven’t been to the city at Christmas for many moons, so it was a real treat.
We had lunch in the fabulous Sherlock Holmes pub before boarding the bus. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather – although incredibly cold, it was absolutely clear with a full moon and bright skies. Luckily the girls were wrapped up in their warm coats with hats, scarves and gloves, and I had recently bought the full-length Badgley Mischka coat, which zips right up with a hood and was incredibly warm. I would love to share ALL the photographs I took with you but there isn’t room on the blog so here are a few of my favourites.
I think the city has once again surpassed itself and the flying angel lights were truly spectacular. I started working in London in 1976 when I was just 16 years old and it is still one of my favourite cities. I’ve never felt anything other than safe there and it was lovely to experience such beautiful sights with the girls and Lucy.
Because of all the building works at home we’ve had to do an enormous amount of sorting out in the house, and not before time. We actually moved here nine years ago this weekend! However, I feel we may need to do a little more as I discovered a visitor in our pantry! He’d already eaten his way through my Scotts Porridge Oats and was starting on the shortbread biscuits when I found him. I love mice but not amongst my edibles, so we’ve got some humane traps and I can let them out in the field behind us.
Our tree is up now and although it took me almost five hours (and Nativity One and Two – delightful!) I managed to wrap most of the presents. It certainly feels a lot more festive now and thanks to SFIXX Hooks I have hung all my Christmas cards up across the windows where they’re safely secured for the duration. Thank you so much for them – I’ve posted back to those of you who supplied addresses so I hope they get to you in time. I took two photos of the tree – one in the daytime and one with the lights on – not sure which I prefer but it does look lovely.
The photograph of our two grandsons – Rhys and Corey – was taken underneath their own tree but I hope it makes you smile. Bless them!
And this little dot is my grandniece Aggy who was born a year ago in Australia on 17th December! I of course have never seen her other than on FaceTime, but she is such a happy little soul and brings her mum Clare, dad Cale and my brother Peter and his wife Sarah a great deal of joy. We are so blessed to have an extended family I know.
We’re hoping to spend Christmas Eve with Lucy and Honey and then Christmas Day with Sam, Elise, Vicky, Jack and Dan. Hopefully, Joe, Hayley and the boys will come on Boxing Day with Lucy and Honey and we have several other visits planned with family and friends but I don’t want to jinx it so will just keep everything crossed.
But before that I’ll be with you throughout the week pretty much until 1am on Christmas Eve when I’m launching a fabulous Cozee Home Juno Soft Twist Shaggy Rug for just £29 and available in 2 Easy Pay instalments. Perfect for stone or hardwood flooring or just to add a bit of interest to a tired carpet! Of course there’s plenty happening over the next few days before that too – watch out for Ruth Langsford, Monsoon, Luxform, Cook’s Essentials and a fair few End of Year Sales from various brands too. Always worth checking out our TV schedule to make sure you don’t miss them. I’m back with you on New Year’s Eve but I’ll keep in touch in the meantime.
I did hear a rumour that we may have a white Christmas this year… but then we’ve heard a lot of things that haven’t necessarily panned out, so all I’m hoping for you is a truly happy Christmas, hopefully, spent with those you love, and that the new year will see us all safer and healthier. Thank you so much for all your support, conversation and love here on the blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I hope you know how much it means to me.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and every happiness in the New Year.
With my love,