Anyway after my grovelling apology you are surely here to see what has been
So I'm also going to apologise for a lack of photos, in essence last weekend saw me 'empty' my phone of photos leaving lots of memory and then putting them on the cloud, now I have in excess of 7000 photos to wade through to sort for my next photo order. As a result of this, I literally didn't take any photos over the weekend (as it took forever to sort). So you are going to have to imagine what it looked like.
First up having Friday off, it was lovely to have a day off, despite it being called black Friday and knowing just how bad the shops would be I did venture to the local shopping centre as I had things to sort. But wisely, I went very very early, so I was leaving as the throngs of people arrived!
I spent Friday making Christmas gifts, just a token gesture for work colleagues having seen something similar on Pinterest, but it kept me busy and amused for quite a few hours it has to be said.
Me and hubby then headed to Ikea as I wanted to pick up a couple of things, said 18 year was working so we left him to get ready. We decided very naughtily to have our tea there whilst we were out, the meal itself was just about pointable on Weight Watchers, but the cake was off the chart, needless to say had I checked before I bought perhaps I would have chosen a little more wisely, but the cake was lovely and it was nice to break the working week with hubby.
Saturday saw us with a trip to the theatre, there was a touring company bringing Macbeth, it was the version (although different actors), to the one we'd seen at the cinema live streamed in the summer. My Mum and sister also came to see it with us along with a tired said 18 year old and his girlfriend. The production was every bit as good as the one we'd seen earlier in the year, with the added benefit of atmosphere (you know the one you always get in theatres). This particular performance was captioned to aid those poor of hearing (of which one is my Mum), I hadn't booked it for that reason particularly. My Mum found it helpful, but I must say I found the orange lights from the words very distracting, whilst I can see the benefit of the captioning I don't think I'll be in a hurry to book another one. However, the performance was fantastic.
Afterwards, we had a wander around the Christmas market, I noticed at either end of the street huge blocks of concrete had been placed to prevent any issues, I suppose it is a sign of the times, but whilst the Christmas cabins looked beautiful the concrete blocks left a little to be desired, however they did keep us safe. I really enjoyed walking and having a nosy at all the stalls
Oh I've just found some of the photos, so this was on the way back from the theatre, they have set up one of these wheels temporarily and it looked so pretty with all its lights.
Then the lights inside the peace gardens provided a few photo opportunities, first up the giant bauble.
And then a rather scary snowman
And a giant parcel
We walked up and got this selfie
And another (much better) one inside the parcel itself
My Mum and sister had been literally laughing out loud as my sister attempted to get a decent photo of the two of them.
Which led to lots of laughter.
Sunday was a quieter day, and at the last minute I remembered that it was stir it up Sunday, so I purchased the missing fruit elements and made one Christmas pudding, hubby was soaking some fruit to make a Christmas cake, so the house smelt of Christmas.
Monday I spent a huge amount of time sorting cards, our annual newsletter etc and decided to type up everyone's card, don't ask me why I've no idea, I now have two carrier bags full of cards to send out in the post and yes before you ask it costs me a pretty penny but it is something I've always done and I know for some people our annual newsletter has becoming something of a Christmas tradition for them!
We had an impromptu visit from my niece who had popped back down from uni for a flying visit, it was fantastic to catch up with her and my sister is looking fantastic, so that definitely brightened my week!
Hubby and said 18 year old got all the decorations out of the loft and we have been putting up the decorations all week, my note last year was to not do them in one day as it leads to grumpy people! So we've had a leisurely week of putting them up, first the stair garland, then one of the TV room trees, the lads put the other up last night whilst I was at my work's Christmas do and then today I've done the dining room ones and said 18 year old is finishing off upstairs with his.
Then there are a few sets of lights for the bushes in the front garden and then we should be done.
I managed to have a few conversations last week with people on line when I was checking addresses, which was lovely and that definitely brightened my day.
I hope you've had a great week.
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