Good morning lovely people tis Friday time for
So it has been a busy week overall, you will all be pleased to know that the pre-Christmas deep clean is officially finished (there are still a few jobs to sort) but on the whole its done and the house feels sooooooooo much better for it and I officially know where most things are, which is brilliant!
Next up, the decorations in the local shopping centre look lovely, I do so love the time and effort spent on such things, so it was lovely to walk through and see the decorations, despite it being something of an eventful trip through the centre.
I love the paper look of this one
Next up date night with hubby, always lovely, we went for some food, had a walk through the shopping centre and ended up at the theatre.
We went to see a play called The Messiah with only three actors in it including Hugh Dennis and Lesley Garrett and whilst it was a lovely date night, it really didn't quite hit the spot. We've seen other theatre companies that can just hit that humour factor every time but this one seems to have missed it, it was just about picking up prior to the interval before going downhill once more in the second part, but hey it was a fun night out just the two of us.
As Saturday was spent finishing the deep clean (and yes we did attempt to do three rooms in one day), we decided that Sunday would officially be our day of rest. So we headed to Chatsworth which has once again put a beautiful display on in the house, its Christmas theme this year being 'Once upon a time', inspired by stories and nursery rhymes.
Our first stop was the stables restaurant for breakfast.
We took my crazy sister and my Mum with us, so a fun day was ahead.
The walk down to the house was filled with silhouettes
And the entrance hall had a gorgeous sleeping dragon.
The first corridor was inspired by Charlotte's Web and there were lots of nods to the story.
Including a pig from the story being found in the tree
Next up the Elves and the Shoemaker, a personal favourite story of mine from childhood.
The chapel had a beautiful carriage from Cinderella in it
I loved the tiny tree decorations.
Then we went into the Princess and the Pea, I think this may be the only time I see that pea decorations on a tree actually work.
Then the back of the Elves and the shoemaker
We posed for a quick Christmas selfie.
Next up the main painted hall was decorated on the theme of - well I'm sure you can guess.
The ruby red slippers and yellow bricks were a bit of a give away.
I grabbed this lovely photo of my Mum and sister
And loved the Emerald City tree at the top of the stairwell.
There were 'wish' trees to adorn next to the Emerald City tree, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what people wished for - I think my favourite was the Shakespeare one
The Chinese bedroom had the theme of Mary Poppins and the music was playing in the background, so we were singing along as we continued around the house.
James and the Giant Peach story was the prompt on the stairs.
The inside of which was so very cute.
Next up Arabian Nights (which didn't really work for me, it looked like a carpet stall if I'm honest).
But the tree decorations were lovely
All in all a lovely festive (even if it does still feel a little bit too early), day out with family.
Next up, we enjoyed our first fire of the year, which was all the more pleasant for cleaning the glass of the fire, its weird the little differences make. We sat curled up quite happily in front of the roaring fire reading books and chatting - bliss.
We brought this little chap as we left Chatsworth, these little beasties were dotted on a children's trail around the house. Apparently they are the children of the sleeping dragon in the entrance and have a specific Chatsworth label on them, which indicated that he was called Arthur, the problem was we'd already named him, so his officially name is Sir Arthur Bootastic the Third of Chatsworth, but we have named him Boo for short (he is the third Boo because my sister's cat is called Boo, then we met Boo on holiday so this is the third Boo and yes as you will note we are completely crackers).
Said 18 year old's artwork is literally taking over the house (and deadline day of Thursday has now been extended to Tuesday so we still have a house full). As a result the kitchen was out of commission, so we ordered in, you have never seen someone so happy for Dominos pizza!
I had an additional day of work so spent it making Christmas gifts (hence the close up)
And the boss brought her new dog to work on Wednesday, please meet Bryan a baby Bedlington puppy, he was very funny and very mischievous but also very cute asleep under my desk!
And that my lovely people is the week that was, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back and link up and we can come and visit.