there are many things that stand out as very british, the union jack, big ben (or is that elizabeth tower now?), the bulldog, the bacon butty, the cup of tea, the underground, fish and chips, the queen, wimbledon, the BBC, a roast dinner, the weather, pubs, strawberries and cream, the beatles, the tower of london, black cabs, red post boxes, crumpets! this could go on and on. however there is one thing that is missing from this brief list and that is the first thing mi abuela (my grandmother) wanted to see and go on the first and only time she came to visit the great british isles.
before 1984 i knew nothing about this man
then this song burst onto the screens of top of the pops
i was too young at the time to understand what it meant
what an incredible man
r.i.p nelson rolihlahla mandela 18 july 1918 – 5 december 2013
as a girl, everything my parents did i pretty much did with them. where they went, i went. we were a very strong unit, me, my mum and my dad. just the three of us. it was pretty damn perfect. they both worked full-time and worked hard too. weekends and holiday times were precious to us and we took full advantage of every moment. this is something that as a family of three ourselves, where we too both work full-time and very hard, we strongly embrace this too. having the opportunity to get away, revives our souls, charge our batteries. it’s a time for us to kick back, relax and take it easy. for us to spend those precious moments together. the three of us. me, mr HPMcQ and ronnie rockstar.
i saw these little houses at a press show back in july, a christmas press show in july. i thought they were fabulous. the lady making them helen musslewhite has an increadible talent. she made some fabulous centre pieces which were beyond magnificent. check this centre piece out. truly inspiring. Continue reading
for the last couple of years, we have made our own christmas decorations. this year will be very much the same. we start our crafty christmas with salt dough decorations. this is how we did ours.
when i was in new york a couple of months back, i kept seeing a lot of photo booth prop kits popping up, seems to be a bit of a crazy at the moment i what i’m thinking, and they looked easy peasy to make so i thought i would make some for christmas to us and in the in-laws amused.
NEWSFLASH! i had a day off work on monday, and it was glorious. it was also our 7th wedding anniversary but mr HPMcQ has a brand new contract to be working on so we celebrated the day before at the tower of london and barbecoa. however this day i spent getting some top christmas tips and eating a lovely lunch with good friends at the britmums xmas do with morrisons, and what a lovely time we all had.
my my how this year has whizzed past, can you believe we are very much nearly at the end of 2013, quite shocking isn’t it? well we are! no doubt christmas lists have already been written by many children and adults alike, shopping may or may not have commenced, and hidden away in the back of cupboards and under the stairs. menus are being pulled together for fabulous festive dinners and treats and goodies are being stashed away in the larder for the whole family to enjoy together over this special time of year.