Bah! Humbug! Christmas is coming, now Dr Who has gone.

Did you watch it? Did you? Did you?

We were at a family party (a niece's 18th) and, God bless her, she never even blinked when half of her Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents all sat in a room for 1.25 hours (why is it easier to do digital than fractions?) and watched. That's me and all my blood relatives. It never usually happens. Never. Yet we sat altogether and had a wonderful blast of nostalgia, a binding experience as we watched a programme that we all loved and still love. Class.

I've watched it this morning, with my children who found the lure of a single mattress surfing down a staircase too much to ignore yesterday and I will watch it again soon with popcorn and Mr Angel Jem. Love it. And if indeed the Warrior Doctor quote about Great men are forged in Fire is original to the show, then... Wow! What quality writing. The episode is worth it for that nugget of Shakespearean or Churchillian wisdom.

We celebrated with cupcakes. Blue Tardis iced cupcakes made by the princess and in Dr Who cases from Lakeland. And we have Dalek straws for tonight. Seriously.

But now Dr Who is over, the next great feast is looming. I've got my candles ready, and take great pleasure in lighting them. And the crafting is going on, slowly, slowly.

I loved the felt gingerbread house I saw on Tales From A Happy House last year. I have been lusting after one all year, and the other week I sat and made it!! I gave it a lid, just like a Cath Kidston sewing box. Of course, I need to figure out a fastener, hence my finger in the photo below. It has pride of place on my piano, holding the sweets that are left over from filling advent (only one week to go!)

My daughter made one as well, and one day when I am home and it is light (I wish) I'll take the photos and show you them properly. For now, I'll leave you with a gratuitous chocolate shot. Enjoy! I wish I could offer you all one for real! x


  1. Oh my word, Doctor Who was epic! We watched it as a family too, though only the five of us and we had duvets on the sofa and the floor and we polished off a box of orange Matchmakers between us. I will be watching it again tomorrow, just in case I missed something but it was a fantastic piece of television.

    1. If it hadn't been my niece's 18th I wanted a proper Dr Who day with a run up to the special, a proper cake shaped like a tardis and even a quiz. Oh well, perhaps for the 100th.

  2. I stopped watching Dr Who when Matt Smith took over, I just can't warm to him at all. We've got it taped so I might give it a go, just to say I watched it. I love the cupcakes, your daughter is getting very good at baking, and the gingerbread house too, it's so cute.

    1. I am The Biggest David Tenant fan and I was so unconvinced that anyone could take his place, but Matt Smith was OK, funny and quirky. It was his companions I had problems with....

  3. Love your Dr Who cupcakes. I don't watch Dr Who but I do love David Tennant! Your little felt gingerbread house is so very sweet.
    Marianne x

  4. We had our Dalek straws on the go on Saturday!
    Loved, loved, loved it!!!!!
    I'm looking forward to another viewing at some point.
    I shall be sad when Matt Smith goes, he has been a superb doctor.
    Love the gingerbread house, it looks bigger on the inside!
    Lisa x


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