Friday, 15 December 2017


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. 


  1. Your break looks absolutely fabulous - quite magical to have some snow too, glad it didn't disrupt things too badly. Fab photos.

  2. What a lovely week you have had. I don't envy you the snowy weather but it does look pretty. All the lights are lovely and the great big tree is amazing. It is great that you had a good break away before the final busy push to Christmas. Have a good week. Kate x

  3. Well done you for getting away in spite of the bad weather. Sherwood Forest is the Center Parcs we used to go to. I recognise it. It hasn't changed at all. I also remember all the beautiful lights. They really go to town.
    I'm glad your mum, sister and niece could come too. I bet you all had fun.
    I do like your new coat. You look warm as toast. And hubby has a new camera. What did he get?
    I am preparing for our trip to Holland and have a warm jacket too, similar to yours but without the pretty fur trim. I bought it a few years ago when we went to Denmark. It get cold here too mind, and occasionally we get snow. The skiing área is an hours' drive away from here on the other side of Granada.(But I've never been).
    I'm going to bed now as I have started to ramble on a bit.
    Have a lovely weekend and a good week ahead.

  4. Lovely to see everyone looking so well after your hectic(and for hubby,painful)month. Can't stop laughing at the kids complaining of being cold...then seeing their outfits for going out....ripped trousers and topless lol XXX

  5. Super photos Virginia. The lights look fabulous.
    Toni xx