I'd forgotten how good time off was...

I have finally come to the end of the longest time off since I started working for Peter in the summer... 7 work days or just under 2 weeks off work!! I'd forgotten quite how blissful lie ins could be, or how wonderful not to shower/dress/move off the breakfast chair until past 11am (one day until past 2pm!) could be.
It's back to work for me tomorrow, so nose to the grindstone again! But I thought I'd share some pictures of my Christmas, before I gradually begin stripping the place again. I'm usually quite blue at this time of year, but I'm hoping that hygge will carry me through. A good blend of outside walks and indoor treats to keep me happy. That, and a regular dose of hot chocolate.

My gratitude journal/commonplace book this year.

I finally... finally!!!... finished the Mermaid's Tail blanket. Tail & all!

Girls' night out at the Liverpool International Horse Show.

Three children and two guinea pigs.

Sarah has set the table for me several times this Christmas... the owl napkins are her own property, and beautiful.

We bought Settlers of Catan as a family game & it worked well. I must plan to play it more often.

After losing two guinea pigs this year, the two we have left have been very well loved.

Nisse at Christmas... traditional hygge!

Even my rubbish bag on Christmas Day was seasonal! And very full!

Top wish for everybody I know.

More nisse, this time girls, and my favourite Advent Calendar this year. I'm considering putting the months across the bottom until September, when I can start again.

Christmas tree, oranges, orange juice... Christmas smells beautiful x

Our stollen, made to Delia's recipe, lasted until yesterday, when the last part of it was fit to be thrown away.
I hope your Christmas was as peaceful, full of laughter and joy as ours was. It's an early start for me in the morning. I have to say, I feel more excited than nervous at the thought of getting back into my black chair. That's a lovely feeling after years of pre-school nerves.


  1. I like your 'believe in yourself' page - that's one of my goals this year - that, and to be brave.

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Glad you're feeling positive about getting back to work, it's lovely to enjoy your job.

  3. I don't miss the pre-term nerves either!! Your Christmas looks great fun. Happy New Year, Jx

  4. Your Christmas looks wonderfully cosy and happy. I also like to sit at the kitchen table in my pyjamas for as long into the morning as I can get away with, although having to walk the dog this Christmas did mean we had to be up and out a bit more. I hope your return to work went well. xx

  5. I hope your return to the black chair has been good.
    I love the pudding rubbish bags, we had those the other year.
    Sarah certainly has an eye for detail when it comes to laying the table.
    Lisa x

  6. It looks like the most perfect Christmas. x


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