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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Christmas 2011

We have returned from our Christmas in Devon, having had a lovely time. The cottage we rented was in a beautiful location on an organic farm with sea views and lovely walks to the sea. We spent time with family and friends


This was the sunrise that greeted us some mornings



We spent Christmas day at our daughters house, the boys cooked dinner


Gilby's first Christmas


 The twins playing on Uncle Ben's ipad


 Heading for the beach


Our beautiful daughter in law





Sunrise over the sea




Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Greetings


Tomorrow we leave for Christmas in Devon. This year we are looking after my mother and so have rented a cottage not far from our daughter and her family. We will have my mother, youngest son and his wife staying with us and our eldest son will stay with our daughter. 
We will spend Christmas Day at theirs and most of the rest of the week at the cottage. 
We are really looking forward to our stay, the cottage is in the country with sea views and I hope to get to take some photo's. We will miss our eldest daughter and her family  who are spending Christmas where they live in South Africa
I pray that you will all have a happy and peaceful Christmas, experiencing the love of God and celebrating the 'reason for the season'

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas Baking

A few days ago I visited Gratefulprayerthankfulheart blog and found the recipe at this link

So today I got baking.....





I followed that task with Rocky Road Brownies


6 eggs
225mi vegetable oil
400g granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
50g cocoa

Topping
75g plain chocolate broken up
40g butter
75g mini marshmallows
40g chopped walnuts

Method
1.preheat oven to 180c/350f/gas4
grease 30x20cm baking tin
Beat together the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla for 4 mins or until thickened and sugar dissolves
2. Sift together flour, baking powder and cocoa. Stir into the egg mixture until smooth. pour into tin and spread level
3. Bake for 30 mins or until cooked through
Put tin onto wire rack for 10 mins. Leave oven on.
4. For the topping, melt chocolate and butter. Spread a little over the brownie in tin. Scatter with marshmallows and nuts. 
. 5. Bake for 3 mins until marshmallows are soft. 
Pipe the remainder of melted chocolate over the top

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Wedding


Yesterday afternoon we went to the wedding of some friends. It was in the pretty village of Aldbury


Only official photographs were allowed during the service and it was too cold to stand around outside at the end...so no photo's of the couple. The service was lovely with lots of candles and Christmas carols.



The reception was held in the Greyhound Inn, we were handed hot mulled wine on arrival, followed by a yummy three course meal and mince pies!


A great idea for place names, they are now hanging on our Christmas tree

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Dresses


I managed to get the girls dresses finished. The fabric is a very fine needle cord which I bought from http://www.dotsnstripes.co.uk/index.cfm I am really please with the fabric and it was great to sew with. The dress on the left is for Maggie and the  other one for Primrose. They have different tastes in clothing, Primrose likes the bright pinks and Maggie like blues and is a little more of a tomboy :) Hopefully they will fit and the girls will be happy with them

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Missing them


I do miss these two lovely little guys.....my daughter just messaged me and told me that Joe (on the right) has been talking about when they visited last June and he sat next to Gwumpa on the train and how 'cool it would be to go on the train with Gwumpa today' It certainly would...really hope they can come and visit again soon!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Getting Ready


If you visit my blog regularly you will know that every now and again I receive requests from my daughters for items to be made for my grandchildren. I have just made Gilby's trousers, I have finished one hat for the twins and am working on another one, same but different coloured buttons and I have cut out the fabric for their dresses, the cord that I am using is below. I have added photos of them going to choose and cut down their tree for Christmas, each year they go to the same place, romp around till they find the perfect tree.








Friday, 2 December 2011

Trousers

I managed to get Gilby's Christmas trousers made today, it was a nice quick pattern which I downloaded for free and decided to make them reversible. The fabric also arrived today for the twins dresses which I am very pleased with too!