Archive for December, 2008

Found it!


I finally found my Christmas cheer!  It was hiding under some flour, a day baking with a friend and mulled wine.

I hope everyone has wonderful time this Christmas and may you get everything you wish for.  If you are not one for New Year’s resolutions but want to start off with an intent to do something better (whatever that may be), may I suggest that you read this post from Christine Kane.  I haven’t decided what my word is going to be yet but I am sure I will figure out in the next few days.

Merry Christmas!








P.S. and here is a picture of Frankie, upset that we disturbed his sleeping place…


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‘Tis the season?

Well, we’re all here in December merrily settling in for the festive season and although I can find my Christmas cheer quite easily at home I am struggling a bit in the office.  You see, I married a man who believes that the office is where you go to work,  nose to the grindstone all day.  I, on the other hand, believe that there should be some social aspect to work.  You spend more than 7 hours a day in the office with the same people, you are bound to find out about their lives.  But since living with R I have veered a little to his way of thinking.  For example, do I really need to know that the person sitting opposite me has a rash THERE? 

Recently I received a few Christmas cards from colleagues I barely speak to signed with ‘love’, been told to buy secret gifts for people at work that have to be ‘cheeky and fun’ and finally to add to the commercial feeling, was informed loudly by my boss that they spend on average £ 500 per child on presents alone (they have two children).   And that’s when I started feeling a little sad for Christmas.

So, I’ve decided that although I won’t be sharing many Christmassy festive thoughts at work, I will definitely save up all my cheer for home and family, where it should be.

Anyway, enough of the Christmas bah-humbug feeling OtherMonkey!  I hope that everyone will be spending time with the ones they love and that Christmas this year is all that you hoped it would be.  I’ll be posting up some Christmas decoration photo’s up soon so that should really get me into the festive swing of things.

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This post is a little late as we went to the Bath Christmas market last Friday but there you go, proof that time flies and sometimes not everything gets done.  Well, first of all, I would like to say that Bath is on my list of places to live.  It’s a beautiful city with wonderful architecture, lovely restaurants and a bustling high street that has all the usual high street stores but there is a big enough ratio of quirky small stores to keep you entertained.  But since I am not the only person that finds Bath attractive, the house prices are a little out of our reach.  This doesn’t stop a person from dreaming though, so I’ll carry on doing that (it’s free.)  Here’s a picture of the sunset that day…


The Christmas market was packed with many stalls of quaint gifts and ideas to give to friends and family but I tend to gravitate towards the food stalls more (what a surprise).   Whenever R and I pass a cheese stall we always, always have to taste test since we are firmly in the ‘I heart cheese’ side of the things.  We were incredibly lucky to find a company that was not only generous with their taste-testing portions but were friendly and welcoming as well.

We bought nothing but cheese after a morning in Bath, which I think says a lot for the cheese and not much for our staying power in crowds.  The Snowdonia Cheese Company has a range of cheddars with different flavours, my favourite being ‘Pickle Power’ which has a lovely taste of strong cheese and pickled onion, perfect with some home made bread on the weekend. R preferred the ‘Amber Mist’ truckle which is mature cheddar laced with whiskey, I think the Irish in him loves the idea of cheese and whiskey together.

We loved the cheese so much that we ordered some more online and will be handing some out to friends as a small gift for Christmas, I hope they are cheese fans!


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