It is all right too. I made it through last year to this year: a feat in itself I think. I went out to New Year's Eve tea with MrsDrWho and her family and had steak on a hot rock. I know we all have the hot slab of rock purely for the amusement factor.
We heard the fireworks when I got home and then we went to bed at 10pm. We then slept twenty hours out of the next twenty six. I was really tired and well, The Labradors are trained to nap. Let's just say they were really ready for their Thursday walk!!!
Poor Peri and Gilly, and me, have hay fever. I looked on Gilly's ointment (still in date) and last year she had the same thing on 9th of January. So I am anointing them pre breakfast and dinner so they don't lick the ointment off. And we are having regular face wiping to remove any pollen or yucky things from their faces. Thank goodness for fragrance and soap free baby wipes.
Over the last few days I have been doing some Thank You baking for the Vet and other places I frequent with helpful, friendly and kind people. There is no Friday Food this week so I will put some links under the photos if you need some inspiration.
From top left in a clockwise fashion:
- Plum Pudding Shortbread - add cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to shortbread, brush with egg-whites and sprinkle with demerara sugar. I have the recipe in a little pullout book from BH&G.
- Fruit Mince Cupcakes- use a plain cupcake recipe and add a jar of fruit mince. I made a red fondant snowflake for the top!!
- Nutella Fudge Cups - really they are made with peanut butter but I substituted Nutella.
- Sticky Gingerbread cake, which wouldn't fit in a box.
I used my very cute Christmas cello bags and made Labrador tags and tied them with ribbon.
I left one at The Library. The Librarians were busy so I just left it on the counter. I didn't sign my name, but they know me well and when I came home there was a lovely email. They are great detectives!!!
I have been sewing some bags: a patchwork-ish knitting bag for my mum and two grocery bags with Christmas owls and cats. I sewed a few more but forgot to take photos.
The weather has been wild and windy down South, but here is has been a bit windy and coolish. The bedroom has been the coolest place. I often look for Peri and find her in one of two places: in the full Sun, panting and hot, or in the dark, cool bedroom fast asleep. The forecast for the next week is deliciously cool, 18*C which is so nice. I saw on the News tonight that we had six straight days of above 30*C temperatures in March. So I am not counting my chickens.
I have decided that this year I am saving up to buy an air conditioner for the bedroom. We can pretty much camp there for days on end if the weather is hot and Peri finds the heat of a night especially trying. I have used some of my Christmas money to buy The Labradors a cooling mat each. There is only one in stock so I am waiting for there to be two, so no-one misses out and is jealous.
Tomorrow I am going to The Harvest Market with MrsDrWho's Niece and then we are shopping for a skirt pattern and material. I decided to break the Sew a Skirt activity into two parts, so we'll cut out and sew the skirt on Monday. I haven't sewed my reindeer dress, but there is a whole year left to do that and I will wear a Christmas Reindeer dress any time, not just at Christmas.
The Labradors and I wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!