Well here it is, my final pre-Christmas post as I retreat to the bosom of my family for the festive period. A break from things often frees your mind and opens it up to new thoughts and ideas, I know I always return to blogging after Christmas feeling all refreshed and ready to take on another year, not to mention loaded with heaps of photos!
· making · The bookcases that I mentioned we were making from old scaffold boards in The November List are finished *happy dances* All we need to do is alphabetize the 700+ CDs onto the smaller shelves... a job for an evening with a brandy of two me thinks. We're really pleased with them! I've also been putting my dolls house assembling skills to the test erecting this Dolls House from the Great Little Trading Company (who I love - remember my office corner wall tidy?) for my niece.
· cooking · The children are just beginning to enjoy curries and chilli which is most welcome as Al and I are huge curry fans who love making them from scratch. Really excited to be able to show Kit and Ozzy how to make a curry and the different spices involved. My Christmas Pudding making was a raging success (thanks to my mother-in-law Mags for the recipe and guidance). These were the first two xmas puds I have ever made so it's a big morale boost that they turned out nicely - we started eating one last night. Fully Christmassy now!
and this book...
Self-published by Dan Snow, Dan Snow's Photography features a selection of his Instagram photos from the year. Find Dan on Instagram at @thehistoryguy. Beautifully bound and full of inspiring photos this would make, and no disrespect is intended here, a great 'bathroom book'. Easy to dip in and out of and enjoy the images and day dream of far flung places.
· enjoying · Unsplash Instant Chrome extension. It gives you a beautiful photo as the background when you open a new browser tab. So much nicer than the boring grey background, genius idea.
· waiting · For our new stereo to be fixed. We treated ourselves to a Denon music centre thingy, it arrived, we updated the firmware and it borked up. So it's being sent back and we are waiting for a replacement. Looks like everyone will have to settle for me singing them the greatest festive hits after all...
· wondering · About the future. Blogging specifically. 2016 looks to be the year that I write less and photograph more. Tbh other than 'catching up with the news' posts like this I really loathe writing. Sharing photos however, I love. Is it time for a change? I feel very much on the verge of big changes or something new.
· loving · Firesides, stews, baking cakes, wrapping myself in blankets, the wind on my face and the promise of having the children home for a couple of weeks - and of course - no more school run!
· wearing · Wearing vests. I made the move. I feel snug. Leggings under jeans or trousers on cold days. Thick socks and warm gloves. Man, I am getting OLD.
· noticing · That there's so much that I don't see. My recent foray into 4K photography with the Panasonic Lumix LX100 has made me realize that so much happens so fast, it's only when you see it broken down into tiny chunks that you see just how much beauty and awesomeness you miss in the blink of an eye. Going off on a tangent, it's also made me interested in getting into macro photography.
· giggling · At a Christmas card from (the new look) Mummy Barrow that turned out to be Satan's own handiwork. I opened it and press the 'Press Here' button only to discover that once it starts playing Jungle Bells it doesn't stop playing it for FIVE HOURS. FIVE HOURS! At one point I was jumping on the card and it still wouldn't stop. In the end I snipped the back of the card to stop it! Thanks Baz...
· hoping · That everyone has a Merry Christmas!