Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas



Some lovely Christmas bunting, which was a gift from my BQL (British Quilting List) secret santa...



Alex waiting to open presents - I had to threaten to take the presents away to get him to pose without sticking out his tongue. Sigh.



The girls won't like this photo, I'm sure!



Ready to eat.

Merry Christmas all!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas in the West End



The kids and I had our annual trip up to town to look at the Christmas windows and pop in a few shops and browse around. Last year, we missed the windows as we weren't able to go up to town until the 27th, and the main shops (Harrods, Selfridges) had their windows papered over with sale signs by then - very disappointing! So this year, we made sure to get up BEFORE Christmas.

Harrods' windows were quite good this year - some years they have been a little disappointing, I thought - this year, there was a Peter Pan theme, with lots of little faeries, feathers and other miscellaneous bling.



We loved some of the little details like these gorgeous birds (Cloisonne, perhaps?) - there were some hedgehogs in the same style on the ground of the displays - quite small, the birds were maybe 4 or 5 inches beak to tail and the hedgehogs were even smaller. Lovely.



I liked these two pirates, both of whom were wearing slippers in the display - and I also liked the reflection of the passersby in the window behind (it's very hard to photograph windows, even with the flash off...)



This is the mermaid from Peter Pan - her tail was superb, but I didn't really manage to get a good photo of it, due to angels and window glass and stuff.



We then walked along Knightsbridge to Harvey Nicks, where the windows were just kind of bizarre, but in a fun, holiday-type way.

After that, we popped up to Hyde Park Corner, debated poking through the Winter Wonderland, decided against it and instead grabbed a bus to Oxford Street to check out the windows at Selfridges.



This, I think, was my favourite, though there were a lot of good ones with funky monster toys and stuff, too.




And we liked the Barbie Christmas tree.



This photo was taken inside Selfridges - standing at the bottom of the escalators, looking up. The disco balls raised and lowered (some of them, anyway). I always like to hit the Christmas shop at Selfridges as everything is at least 50 per cent off by this time of year. We always pick up a few ornaments. This year, we got a snowglobe with a polar bear inside for less than half price.

Finally, a long walk down Oxford Street to Oxford Circus, where we headed down Regent Street to have a poke around Hamley's.



The lights in Regent Street were great, I though - these big nets of lights, which looked abstract from a distance, but from underneath, were obviously stars. Fun!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Who needs presents?



All you really need for hours of enjoyment is a rather large box (this one had a chair from Ikea in it). This box is big enough for two of the three kids to get into at once, provided one of them is Alex... (I've just been corrected by a small boy who is sitting reading over my shoulder - apparently, both the girls can actually fit in this box at the same time. So there you go - once again, Mummy knows nothing and children know everything...)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas baking



Here's this year's selection. Some more successful than others (the knack - in the paper cases - didn't set. Tastes gorgeous, but is rather messy).

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Blizzard



About 11.30am. Luckily, it only snowed this hard for about an hour. We still had a pretty good amount of cover (6 inches, maybe). It was supposed to start again later, but so far, it hasn't. Which is fine. Though my eldest, who still has a day and a half of school before her Christmas holidays is hoping for more tomorrow!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Some Christmas decorating was done



...amidst all the coughing and tiredness, we did eventually get things a bit more festive!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

More snow



This is my back garden this morning - though actually, it's still snowing at least a little, so who knows what it will look like in another hour or two. It's very fine snow, though, so it might not make any difference...




Here's a photo of it coming down on the way home from school Monday - believe it or not, this photo was taken at about 4pm. Or earlier. I know it looks like night time!




We had a visitor to our garden this morning - he didn't find anything to eat, though, so he left. But he had to go over the other side of the fence, which is a bit lower, after trying to get to the top of this one several times. The cats can do it, but he's a bit bigger & heavier!