Friday, 27 December 2019

Rocking Your World Friday - 52nd of 2019

Good Evening lovely people apologies for the lateness of this post 
tis Friday time for the very last Rocking Your World Friday of 2019

So the week has fair tripped along and I find myself at post Christmas already, it doesn't take long does it. 

We've had a good week overall 

We went to see Jumanji last Saturday at the cinema and thoroughly enjoyed just sitting and watching and being entertained for a couple of hours.

We also did the food shop for Christmas on the spur of the moment and found the shops full of food and empty of people - note to self be spontaneous next year when it comes to this. 

We went to a lovely local carol concert on Sunday, it definitely fit the bill, telling the story of Christmas interspersed with choir songs and carols for everyone to join in and all by candelight. 

Monday saw me preparing the Christmas table and said 19 year old finishing off homemade gifts. 

And then Tuesday was all about food prep, but not too much and it really didn't take too long so a win win on that front. 

Christmas day arrived in a flurry of wrapping paper and the day went amazingly well, said 19 year old was up at a sensible time, so we had a leisurely present unwrap with lots of little stories to share along the way.  He then popped to see his girlfriend as a surprise as we got dinner well and truly underway. 

Mum and her hubby arrived at 12.30 and the rest of the gang for Christmas dinner arrived a little later. 

We ate and drank and laughed and had rather a lovely time it has to be said. 

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Said 19 year old's girlfriend and said niece's boyfriend arrived at tea time whilst we were still unwrapping. 

Everyone had a really lovely time and it was gone 9pm before they started making their way home, I felt immensely blessed if I'm honest and everyone commented that it was the best Christmas dinner yet, which given the fact we've been doing this for years and years was a lovely compliment (even if a little daunting for next year). 

I got some really lovely gifts from people, really thoughtful and everyone seemed happy with what they received, it was a most lovely family day for all of us!  

Boxing day saw us at my Mum's for the annual pig table - not because we overeat (although that does occasionally happen), but we clocked one year that most of the items on the table were made from pork in some way shape or form and so pig table was born. 

We had our fill of beautiful home cooked food, had a giggle at Mum's Christmas present in the form of an Amazon Echo aka Alexa and whiled away several hours catching up and chatting with family once more. 

Which brings us to today which has been a quiet laid back affair.  I managed to catch  up with my Christmas journal and make the beginnings of some Christmas cards utilising the left over Christmas cracker paper (although I'm not sure if I will manage it fully) and then I've been sat reading my new book on making memories and starting to feed Christmas gifts into their new homes. 

I hope you have had a blessed Christmas and that your new year brings a time to reminisce and celebrate whilst also looking forward to the new clean blank page that is 2020. 

If you fancy joining in, Mr Linky below

Friday, 20 December 2019

Rocking Your World - 51st Friday of 2019

Hello one and all a bit late to the party as it were but we had a final send off for my Mother-in-law today so I am a little tardy, despite the sadness of the occasion I think we did her proud, it was a truly beautiful service, one which most definitely celebrated her 94 years on this earth. 

So what have I to share with you today, well as you can imagine, it has been wall to wall with arrangements for today, but me and hubby have been most adamant that we would ensure that we balanced arrangements with still enjoying the run up to the festive season. 

So last weekend, I worked the Saturday and hubby came in to volunteer on the boats as we ran the final Santa boat trips for 2019 at work.  It was lovely to see all those excited to see Father Christmas on the boats, I spent the day serving teas and coffees and festive baked items and it was overall a really lovely day. 

On Sunday we headed to Nostell Priory, we went last year as we are members of National Trust and had a lovely few hours wandering the festive rooms of the house.  This year was no different. 

First up one of me warming by the fire

The trees are beautiful as always

This year the gingerbread village was in an upstairs room, it smelt beautiful! 

I loved the Station

Upstairs the rooms was set out for a Christmas concert

And the homemade baubles were beautiful papercraft

There was a mini art installation, a single trunk surrounded by three sides with mirrors

The dolls house is needing refurbishment, one of the few dolls houses built for large country houses in the 18th century that has survived, they need £15K to renovate not only the house with its staircases and lighting, but also all the furniture that they also have. 

Outside the skies were blue, so we wandered the reindeer trail

And enjoyed the fresh air

I loved the wooden snowman outside

And got a shot of the house as we left

The rest of the week has been busy and building up to today as can be expected, but overall we've kept upbeat and positive. 

I hope you've had a good week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back and link up and we can come and visit 

Friday, 13 December 2019

Rocking Your World Friday - 50th of 2019

Good afternoon tis Friday time for 

Well it's been a hard week, unfortunately last Friday we had a loss in the family in that my Mum-in-law passed away.  It was expected unfortunately just not this soon and as you can imagine it was a mighty hard day. 

So why you may be asking am I including it on my post, well because reaching the age of 94 I think is no small feat so whilst we were immensely sad we are trying to celebrate her life a little bit as we ease into whatever normal is after such a significant loss. 

So last Friday night only a few hours after our loss, hubby decided that rather than let our tickets for the Angels are Coming go to waste that we should go and enjoy the evening and that we did, in celebration of her life. 

Angels are Coming was held at Sheffield Cathedral as a digital light display with music on the exterior of the church before entering the church for a further display of light and nativity scene that was just lovely. 

This was my favourite image that hubby caught of the display 

Inside the cathedral was just as stunning

As you can see - washed in a blue colour and stars - simply stunning

Another Angel at the far end whose wings moved

And a large life size nativity scene

I hope you don't mind me keeping this one short and sweet because on top of the loss I've also been unwell and prolonged time on computers is exacerbating the problem - so I hope you've had a beautiful and blessed week.

If you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back and link up so we can come and visit. 

Friday, 6 December 2019

Rocking Your World Friday - 49th of 2019

Good morning lovely people, tis Friday time for

Well it has been another strange one, but let's focus on the positives. 

Last Friday we had a fabulous catch up with family over coffee around the end of the day.  It was fabulous to have a proper catch up and natter. 

They left quite late and I almost abandoned the idea of going to Barnsley for their Bright Night event, but decided that we had time at least to see Gaia again if nothing else. 

I'm so glad we went, sometimes these spur of the moment ideas are just the best, we parked locally so didn't have too far to walk.

I loved the laser cut large scale nativity scene outside the town hall

Which also looked mighty festive, the lights changed according to the music which was brilliant. 

We sat in the Church and watched the digital show of the Night Before Christmas

We walked to the fire garden, which whilst cold was awesome to see

Then down to the college to see the star of the show

then to the Cooper gallery and their new light installation outside

Before heading back to the Town hall

We then headed down to another installation

And wandered back through the Victorian covered arcade in all its splendour! 

Saturday we headed to Kelham Island for their Victorian Christmas Market.  It was very cold but we had a fabulous time and my sister came as well.  I created an arty shot for my journal that I do in December

Me and my sister posed for a photo in the sleigh 

We headed back at tea time and went around to our local Christmas tree festival held in the local church, one of our traditions. 

The trees are done by local adult and children's groups and we get to vote for our favourite in each category. 

this year's theme was Christmas films and my favourite tree was the Snowman

although the Grinch tree was funny

I love all the detail that goes into to making the items for the trees.

We then got to enjoy the market that was held in the Community Centre next door, lots of lovely stalls for us to enjoy. 

The rest of the week has been a bit of a blur in all honesty, some good some not so good but still lots of positives to be grateful for, for when times get tough so many people can make such a difference offering support or a helping hand, I feel very blessed. 

I hope you've had a grand week, if you fancy joining me, Lisca and Kate then pop a post together, pop back link up and we can come and visit.