Evening all apologies for the delay in the post, but we've had a few days away, and I'm only just back. So
Well we booked for a few days at Center Parcs just to take a break from every day life, we seem to have been running full tilt for a while, so it was nice to stop and take stock a little. Particularly at a time of year when things seem to be full on!
Grateful for all the lovely festive lights there, we had snow on Sunday and were worried about our journey down, but thankfully whilst there was snow on the ground the roads were clear (another grateful, we aren't a country that fairs well in snowy weather let's be honest).
The view over the lake was so picturesque and I loved the hint of blue sky
We had a proper wintery walk, hubby had insisted on me buying a coat before we went away and despite my protestations I can honestly say it was so warm and snuggly inside it that any wintery walks were pretty but I didn't get cold!
Here we are on our walk.
Hubby insisted that a barbecue would be a good idea on the first night and just to prove that he is a man who sticks to his word here he is!
Both said 17 year old and niece complained of how cold they were (despite heating and a log burning fire), but inventive as ever, they both found duvets and radiators to sort that out. They are such great company and we all get along so well it's lovely to spend time together.
Next up the pretty lights (they so remind me of the patronuses or is it patronusi from Harry Potter)
And the tree in the centre is stunning
The view out of our bedroom window was so pretty
I took my advent calendar away and enjoyed opening it each day
It was so cold midweek that the whole lake froze!
Hubby enjoyed trying out his new camera
We visited the real reindeer (and inadvertently got in the queue for meeting Santa - I had to laugh)
there were festive carriage rides - doesn't the carriage look pretty (we didn't partake, but I enjoyed seeing what people were doing).
Santa's elves washing made me smile
And we got a photo in front of the giant tree
My Mum came down for a couple of days and as you can see she is doing fab!
And my sister who enjoyed a short break away after lots of busy day and night shifts
My niece getting ready to go to play badminton put her hoodie on the wrong way around, which made us all giggle.
And we had great fun playing badminton and table tennis (that was about as energetic as we got this week).
I loved the Christmas cups in the coffee shop
We went to see the reindeers singing
and enjoyed the fireworks display (apologies for the lousy photo - I was too busy enjoying the fireworks).
Me and hubby went back out for another evening walk and got some more light photos
Even the lights on the lamps looked fantastic.
The giant tree in the day looks lovely but at night is off the chart, we stood taking photos and then grabbed a cup of hot mulled wine.
I got this lovely photo
These two trying to look innocent but I know they are plotting they didn't get their Mischief 1 and 2 name tags for no reason!
My niece all ready for a night out
And the fabulous napkin at the Italian we were eating at.
We got a few late night shots under Nutmeg's display
and we had another coffee before setting off today and yet another Christmas cup!
Very grateful for a quick return journey home, for the lovely meal me and hubby went for this afternoon and for time to kick back and relax in the busy season.
Fabulous news that my cousin and his lovely partner have had another little girl - thinking of you all James and Katy I hope you are all well and enjoying your new addition!
I hope your week has been just as epic, if you fancy joining in (and apologies if you have already done it), then pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit.