Skip to main content

Yulembo!

Our lovely tree!The Living RoomRose & AsaSal & RyanToo much mulled wine!Let secret Santa commence
Sal was firstThen SimeAsaHugoRoseRozzy Raspberry Pot
RyanKTBoard gamesCat-Opoly!Boxing DaySilly Billys
Yulembo, a set on Flickr.
Hello Everyone!

We are being our usual disorganised selves, which seems to be the norm, especially at this time of year... I am really craving a long holiday - it's 2 years since we were on our way to the south of France for a month & 4 years since we were in Bavaria. Cornwall sort of closes down in January & lots of folks go away at this time of year... It doesn't help that we are being bombarded with emails & post featuring special offers for this & that, but I am continuing to focus on saving & filling our sealed pot - ready for next winter.

We have had a really great Solstice, Christmas & New Year. Our trip to Stoke was lovely & so nice that Rose & Asa joined us - the grandparents loved seeing them both too! Sime wants to get our photos up from the trip, so we'll sort it eventually. We also visited our friends, Kath & Jim in Glastonbury - which was great! More photos to follow...

On our return home, we were back to work for a couple of days & we picked up our tree - which we will no doubt leave up until Hugo's birthday at the end of month... The girls & beaus came over on Christmas Day & stayed overnight. We swapped our not so secret Santa presents - this is the first time we haven't bought a few extras for the kidlets, but everyone was fine about it. So there were gifts from Grandad Gerry & Nana Stip-Pep, we also had some fabulous home made gifts from Asa's parents - including damson gin & vegan, oil-free chocolate truffles! And a surprise parcel from a B&B guest, Cathy - a fantastic crocheted blanket for our living room (which you may catch a glimpse of in the photos) & a 'Meat Is Murder' stamp for Sime to play with!

Secret Santa
Hugo gave Sal his X Box.
Rose made Sime a framed poster of Tom Hodgkinson's Freedom Manifesto.
I gave Asa 2 second hand DVDs, burned off a CD & made some sweet & spicy hazelnuts.
Asa gave Hugo a map of the world, which he can scratch off places he's visited.
Ryan gave Rose a large raspberry shaped pot, which he'd painted red (her nickname is Rozzy Raspberry).
Sime bought Ryan a second hand DVD & an original vinyl LP of Ian Dury's first album.
Sal bought me a second hand cardigan, which she embroidered & crocheted extra bits on to!

It's such fun to see what everyone came up with!

Thank you for your new year greetings, we had a rather tipsy evening in Helston - which was good & our phone & internet were reconnected on the 1st, so we're all happy about that!

On Sunday, we shall be going off to Devon for a couple of days, but first have a busy day tomorrow - cleaning up holiday properties after new year guests!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kay (& Sime) xx
5 comments

Popular posts from this blog

Preparing For Our Next Adventure

Here are some photos of the barn we are moving into at the weekend.



We will be sharing the main barn with folks on working holidays.


The view from the barn across the land.

The barn is made from straw bales.

The end of the main barn and the smaller attached barn used for holiday lets/retreats.

The outdoor solar shower.
The compost loos.

One end of the main barn with our bedroom on the right.



The other end of the barn -  with kitchen, dining and living space...

And this wonderful large stove which is perfect for us.


We are very excited to be on the moving on to a new adventure and closing the door to the little house by the sea.

Love Kay and Sime xx


A Year Of Wonder

What an incredible year we have had...


We downsized to spend 12 months in a sweet little house with the most stunning views of the sea.

We were treated to an amazing holiday in Canada, thanks to our kind and beautiful friend Richard...




It was fantastic to spend time with Richard and his fabulous family...  We adore them all very much and will always be grateful to him for his incredible generosity!
We had lots of new work opportunities come our way, which have kept us extremely busy and have enabled us to continue living here - The price for a bit of luxury!
We now work in more stunning properties and we also spent the summer season at the youth hostel with a lovely team...



All the kidlets are happy living their alternative lives...  2 of them own a caravan, 2 of them live in that caravan, 2 of them gave up their flat to do a long term house sit and all of them have exciting plans ahead.





We have come to realise that for us, our sea view isn't worth the hard work and what we both …

Invisible Man

I love the summer. It's my favourite time of year. This year has been particularly bountiful with regards to long periods of uninterrupted sunshine and I have needed no encouragement whatsoever to step outside and sensibly and gradually expose my body to the rays. Over a period of many weeks I have gradually bronzed in a way that has been beyond my grasp for many years due to the whims and vagaries of the British summer. Finally, after careful immersion I have achieved a level of poise and confidence not unlike say mild smugness. Now don't get me wrong, it is by no means a deep tan, a swarthy layer of earthen masculinity but it is most definitely noticeable to those who may have whispered the words "pasty" or "wan git", It has been not just a surprise but a crushing blow then to discover that my new found glow has not only been completely ignored, but my lovely wife (who too possesses a not unenviable tan herself has been the centre of attention because of …