Oh dear. Gilly is either very clever or very naughty: she operates the iPad with a swish of her tongue, whether I like it or not, and this afternoon she marked all my Bloglovin' unread posts as 'Read" and opened a new tab. While this is helpful if I am feeling lazy or too tired, it is not helpful to unread posts. So if I miss commenting on one of your posts it is because it may be lost and I am too lazy to search!!!
This year I have made a conscious effort, with the co-operation of family and friends, to be unconcerned about Christmas deadlines and I just pottered along doing what I could. Some things will be late, some things didn't get finished, but it didn't matter. People don't mind and I had a lovely Christmas.
Peri and Gilly have their Christmas card and song to share. Sing the song to Winter Wonderland:
Labradors, are you listening?
In the dark, lights are glistening.
Santa’s in sight,
We're happy tonight.
Walking in a festive wonderland.
Summer time, tails are swishing,
Peri‘s fine, Gilly’s wishing:
On Christmas Day
With toys we will play.
Walking in a Christmas wonderland.
In the front yard we can build a huge sleigh
Fill it up with gifts and kangaroos.
We’ll say: Are you ready for the season??
People passing by will all say Nos.
Christmas tree: decorated.
Oh how long we have waited.
Christmas is here,
We’re full of good cheer
Merry Christmas: it’s a Wonderland!!!!
This year I wished for a new camera because mine has dog hairs inside the screen and is held together with sticky tape. I have a new camera and the piece de resistance ( thank you MrsDrWho) is that it is a green camera!! How lucky I am!! This is a picture of my new camera taken with my old one.
I sewed a bunting quilt for Toddler Zoe. The plisse has tiny checks and no matter what I do, it looks weird. I didn't bind it, and I think it looks a bit like a picnic rug.
I also had a go at making some vegetarian ice-cream for MrsDrWho's niece. It is frozen banana, raspberries and a ripe fresh avocado. Truly, when they are blended and frozen, they taste like a banana-y raspberry-y ice-cream. For the rest of the people at Christmas last Friday I made lemon and raspberry, chocolate and cherry brandy ice-cream.
And I baked her cauliflower steaks and a mushroom pie: both wholly vegetarian. They were actually very tasty!!
I made a very wonky gingerbread TARDIS for Auntie and Uncle Dutch. I added eggs to the gingerbread and that is why it puffed up and grew into weird shapes. I need to trust the recipe! Royal icing came to the rescue, and it looks like snow.
The weather has been very humid so Peri and Gilly have been in the paddle pool quite a lot.
Peri must be feeling the heat more this year as she grows older. She had a great time ducking her face in the water and turning round in splashy circles.
I had a lovely Christmas Day. I talked to my mum on the phone and there was a lot of new puppy photo texting from my sister. I went to The Dutches' for breakfast and then MrsDrWho's family dinner in the afternoon. MrsDrWho's mum sent me home with Christmas cake and pudding, and potatoes and broad beans from her garden. I was very tired because I did two things in one day. This morning I walked The Labradors, fed them and we all went back to bed at 9am and slept till 1pm. Then I had Christmas pudding for breakfast!!
I like Boxing Day best of all I think. It is so relaxing and you are full of good food, cheer and company. I can't believe the year is almost over.
My mum and aunt are coming to visit for the day on Saturday. We are not shopping in the sales, though I did buy one roll of wrapping paper today for half price: $2!! I am the last of the big spenders.....