Friday, 26 December 2014

Merry Christmas from Hilltophomestead.

Well Happy Christmas on Boxing Day.

This is a bit late as we had 10 of us for the big day, so no blog posting until I felt we were well passed the finish line.

Here are a few thing that I wanted to show and tell for Christmas Eve.

P is desperate to be Mary but keeps on getting cast as an angel.

G has a better photo but he is bed with flu so this scene will have to do.

We went to see a friends Advent Beach Hut in Brighton, the theme being Away In A Manger, When this hut's Mary and Joseph vacated to run up and down the prom, funny face moved in and swaddled that baby the only way a Mary could.

We went to see Father Christmas or SSSSAntA! as we are calling him this year, P puts the emphasis on the ANT.

I think we can beat FC on presents and decorations this year. In the rooms they had small bowls with cinnamon powder and crushed cloves there was a slight smell of orange in there too but no sign of peel. I think it must have been an oil because juice wouldn't have lasted that long?
But I am going to try that next year. Along with cones of highly decorated papers with trim.
Oh yes I am.

The cat, whose name is Freda Lavender and has been staying with us since 2000 took to the radiator and curled up adorably.
Her little furry arms melt my heart.

The best shop window I have seen was tucked out of the way and on the way to piano.

And finally along with Christmas cheery wishes is the best version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas that I have EVER heard.

It is plinky plonk jazz on another scale. As a present to me take the time to have a listen.

Have a wonderful Holiday and New Year


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Happy 5th Birthday P

Funny face is 5 today.

Those days of her sleeping on the sofa are long gone.
She is growing tall, her hair is finally growing and she gets life.

P you did so much this year, I stand back in amazement and am blown away with what you achieved.

Minutes of my day spent watching you leave me blissfully unaware of the crap that surrounds me and that can only be a good thing.
Thank you for sharing. Have a great 5

Love you so very much


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Some Stuff From Around Here Recently

I am quite behind again in uploading posts to here are some photos of bits and bobs.

A walk in Newhaven. There is a ferry that goes to France from here. I might look into that for the Spring whilst it is still running.

I was having a cheeky wee when I took this.

We do Autumn Halloween Bonfire Night and Thanks Giving.
These are two of our decorations, look familiar?

T turned 8 and had a party in the park. We were really lucky with the weather.

We had lunch and set off fireworks in the garden. P looked super cute but she did need to be yelled at occasionally for her own safety.

Their bunk beds are down and together for Christmas.

The decorations are up and there are some cranberries in the freezer. As of today all cards are done and in the post but THAT is about it.

Not panicking at all.


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Who Saw The Tower of London Poppy Memorial?

We went to London in October and this is what we saw.

That's T and my mum on the train and my mum filling in a coupon to get us a deal on the tickets to the Tower. P is making funny faces but you are luck not to be seeing her backside.

Over the bridge and then there they all were.

So this is my attempt at taking the pic of the poppies at all angles.
My mum had been a volunteer in better weather. She's got the T Shirt.

There really were that many people, it didn't let up, no one went for lunch, there wasn't a gap.
It was penguin shuffling right off the bridge and back over again.

So inside the wall it's a village with really posh buildings, big jewels, black birds and again thousands of people milling around.

We are talking twenty thousand people so when I lost P in the grounds for all of twenty seconds I really worried and I really yelled her name. She didn't have this happy face when I found her because she knew I'd lost her.
I love her so much.

We found family medals in the Royal Fusiliers Archive, which made mum teary and G uncomfortable!

Yep that's a VC but it doesn't belong to any member of our family.

It was a full on day there is so much to see.
The Crown Jewels! No pictures of that one. Yes the diamonds are huge and so are the doors that lock them in at night, as big as the ones in the movies. Our favourite was a small diamond crown worn by Queen Victoria a bit like a scrunchie and there is a gold punch bowl that when you look at it, you won't believe your eyes.

G used to work in the area so we took his route back to the train. Girls were well behaved just hoping that they remember in years to come what they saw.

P bought T a memorial Poppy broach for her birthday with quote,  
They shall not grow old, as we are left grow old 
because she said it was important.

So some good done.