Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Christmas at Eden

Oh I was so smug thinking that the dreaded lurgy had passed me by, only to succumb to it on Friday evening! It came with avengence not just to me but to Lily too. I had visions of spending Christmas in bed but luckily things are improving for both of us although I do resemble Rudolph with my red nose lol. I decided that some fresh air and a change of scenery was needed so we headed off to Eden so Jodie and her friend could ice skate and we could mooch around the Christmas market.

The ice rink is in the dome in front of the biomes.

This is a huge (see the people standing next to it!) tree made of fabric.

And while they skated we watched a robin singing and Lily duly told him that she had been good, (this was done so that the robin would pass the message on to Santa). You'll have to click on the picture to see the robin.

We saw Santa waving from the top of the biome.

You may see him if you click on the pic!
Lily made a decoration, which she thoroughly enjoyed doing not having used felt tips before.

And then decorated a cookie.

She didn't fancy eating it though!

We had to come away before it got dark as it was cold but I managed to take a few photos, from the top of the hill, as the lights came on.

If my mum was still with us it would've been her 78th birthday yesterday hence the need to get out of the house, she loved ice skating so this was an appropriate way to celebrate for her.

I received a parcel on Saturday morning, which was just what I needed to cheer me up after being up most of the night with Lily. It was my December shabbychiccafe swap from Viv. Look how lovely it was all wrapped up in gorgeous ribbons.

And inside there was a fabric covered address book and a tissue case both made with gorgeous fabric. Along with some chocolate scented tea lights, my favourite Belgium chocolates and a lovely handmade card. Thankyou Viv it's a lovely swap, very much appreciated. (The address book is strategically placed so you can't see how many chocs I had scoffed before I took the photo!)


I cannot believe it is now less than 2 days to go!
Today I have to go shopping for veg and cheese, deliver presents, drink Lemsip, wrap more presents, make Nigella's chocolate fruit cake and make some mince pies. Which leaves Christmas eve for cooking ham, sausage rolls, preparing veg doing housework and going to the Christingle service. Then I can relax, well after I've cooked Christmas dinner that is! And before you start thinking that I have all these daughters to help me, it's a myth, at least it is in this house:)

I hope you all have a really wonderful Christmas, get chance to relax a bit and receive lots of lovely presents.


claire said...

I'm glad you made it to eden and that you are feeling better :)
Also its good to hear that daughters help as little as sons!! My mum reckons my boys would do more if I let them......LET THEM!
Hope your daughter enjoyed the skating xxx

angel said...

Blissy, you have so much to blog about that i get so excited when i come on here to look....... i know, sad aint i...... lol.
Lovely swap, well done. :-)
What did you buy at the market... hummmm...

Merry Christmas Honey i hope you have the bestest Christmas ever. Mwah X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X

summerfete said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Hope you are better for Christmas.
love Clare xx

Ginger said...

Sounds like your having a ball at eden ,sure enjoyed all the christmas pictures.Have a wonderful Christmas and see you next year 2009.
Merry christmas!

Sal said...

A big Merry Christmas to you...hope you feel better soon ;-)

Lace hearts said...

Oh how lovely - we went skating at Eden last Christmas, and I was hoping to get there this year, but it's looking unlikely. Lovely pics, and a special way to remember your mum.
You've got a lovely swap - yummy, chocolates! x

LittleGem said...

Thankyou for the lovely comments, yes I have kept it quiet while I get it started! Didn't want to draw too much attention to it! Lovely swap and I hope you have a lovely Christmas too :) xx Gem

Vintage Tea said...

I'm glad you're starting to feel better, this lurgy that's going around it getting everyone isn't it.

All the yummy food you're making sounds fantastic... share some with us!!

Victoria x

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Merry Christmas, glad you've recovered enough to enjoy the festivities. I'm doing much the same today, cooking, baking,one of my favourite days. Have a lovely time.

sharie said...

Merry Christmas!!! Hope you have a wonderful day

Elaine said...

I love all the photos of Eden and your home, thank you.

Love & blessings