Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
So that's Christmas over for another year, and I hope you had a wonderful one!
I'm writing this full of leftovers, hot chocolate and in total confusion as to what day of the week it is, and it's bliss!
I always feel a pang of sadness after Christmas Day and Boxing Day are over - not helped by the passing of one of my most favourite childhood icons but we'll come to that later ...
I kicked off the festive season with a lovely Christmas get together with some of my girlfriends, our annual catch up was at Alberts in Chelsea this year, a lovely meal followed by way too many cocktails. I wore another Zara lace mini dress with Whistles ankle boots and tights.
Our community choir had the honour of singing at the Great Hall in Winch on the 18th, great fun and the acoustics made belting out the Christmas tunes thoroughly enjoyable!
Once my Birthday was out of the way on the 20th - this year spent at the gorgeous Pig Hotel in Brockenhurst - the true Christmas build up begins! Last minute gift buying / wrapping, food shopping, organising plans, last minute panicking and all that jazz.
I am in LOVE with my lace ups from Russell and Bromley ...
We had a lovely drink at the local pub on Christmas Eve with friends and sensibly had a relatively early night so as not to be tired and hungover on Christmas Day. I've never done this nor wish to experience this!
Christmas Day & Boxing Day were spent with the family, we swapped presents, ate too much, played games, laughed ALOT. My Mum and Dad cooked the delicious Christmas dinner, so my input in cooking was zero this year, but my sloe gin went down a treat! I didn't take pictures on the actual day because I was quite frankly too preoccupied with stuffing my face! 🙈
Long dog walks on frosty days (made even more fun by the fact that my friend Gemma has just started a dog walking business http://www.boxerandbasset.co.uk/ ) have gone some way to burning off all those Christmas food & drink treats and making up for the majority of my time being spent sat watching Edward Scissorhands and Star Wars! We ventured out to watch Rogue One at the cinema, which was all the more poignant with the sad news of Carrie Fishers death.
So I'm feeling slightly sad that December is nearly over but thankful for the time spent with loved ones over the last week, just can't believe how quickly it came and went!
Christmas Day also ended with the sad news that George Michael passing away, I could write a whole post on how much me and my whole family loved him (I might well do ...) and although I didn't know him personally, I felt genuinely devastated. We have been blasting the Ladies and Gentleman album on repeat since the news, watching old clips and just reminding ourselves how bloody wonderful and talented he was. So RIP George, you were loved and will truly be missed.
Looking forward to 2017 with a grateful and paositive attitude, I have a good feeling about this one ...