And so, its now Christmas!

Well my friends out there – the words of the song have been ringing through my ears today – and so this is Christmas, and what have we done, another year older….. –

Its been a while I know and so much has being going on here keeping me super busy. Our eldest daughter Elizabeth with grand daughter Melissa, have relocated to Shotley Bridge from Plymouth. I went down by train on the 15th of November returning with them and all their belongings on 27th November. After a week plus of unpacking Elizabeth started her new job in Newcastle, Melissa had her first day at Shotley Bridge nursery and I began my ‘new job’ of before and after nursery carer for Melissa! Its been busy but fun too and a delight to be able to spend so much time with them.

Melissa celebrated her 4th birthday just after they arrived and cousin Ebony thoroughly enjoyed helping to make her day special!

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No sooner had they arrived than our weather took a turn into winter with the temperatures plummeting, a fall of snow and around 10days of continual ice and frost. No fun for walking up the steep banks between our house and Elizabeth’s!

Due to work commitments Robert was unfortunately unable to join us for the Shotley Bridge Dickensian celebrations and the arrival of Father Christmas but Elizabeth, Melissa and I braved the winter chill to enjoy the experience. Santa arrived in a beautiful coach pulled by two big black horses, very inappropriately named Bart and Fred! While Santa greeted the local children he allowed others to take a ride in his carriage – this really appealed to Melissa so we joined the queue!

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Not sure who enjoyed it more Mummy and Grandma or Melissa, we felt really special on our short ride along the main road and back. Our small local stores had put on a lovely Christmas display making us all feel very festive.

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I am adding a link here to our local web site where there are some great images of the event if you would like to look.

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Christmas preparations have been pushed a little to one side or squeezed in where ever I could manage. With one week to Christmas eve my final push begins so I have spent a considerable time today wrapping and tidying, I have the final bits of food shopping to do but …. I think I am winning!

Our celebrations will begin in earnest on Saturday with the birthday of our younger daughter Jennie, from then on we have planned several family gatherings over the festive season and hope that Roberts Mum and Dad will be able to join us to complete the family line up – especially as they have something special to celebrate on Boxing Day – 60 years of marriage!

So to all our friends and followers –  we wish you the happiest of Christmas holidays and a healthy happy New Year too!

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