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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

Comments

Kath said…
I like the new look blog!

We're having a pukey new year, no not us, one of the dogs has some kind of lurgy! Standing by with damp cloths and the shake'n'vac LOL

Glad you are back on line, thanks for your comments on mine, Looking forward to another year of inspirational vegan cooking!

xx
The Smiths said…
Hi Kath - noticed Karin wrote the same about our new look, but we haven't done anything - so not sure what's changed! Haha!

Sorry to hear about one of the girls being poorly - hope's she's feeling better soon!

Thank you - we've had a couple of emails from folks wanting help to go vegan this year, so will try & get some photos done - we keep forgetting & just get stuck in!

Kay :)
Anonymous said…
Glad to see you back! Sounds like the holidays were very nice for you. :)
Karin said…
I'm glad to hear you all seem to have enjoyed the holiday.

Yes, your blog has definitely changed. It used to have a dark background, which made it hard to read. Now it looks lovely, light and fresh.
The Smiths said…
Thanks Molly & Karin - we had a great time!

We think it must be at least 6 months since we last made any changes, unless you all see something different to us... Glad you like it anyway!

K&S :)

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