Merry Christmas

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Christmas at home is one of the best things in the year. This time it began with baking. LOTS of baking.

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Then of course decorating and preparing the house for Christmas.

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Then, naturally, on Christmas day there were presents and AMAZING food.

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The last few days have been wonderful. Valuable time spent with family, relaxing, eating good food, gazing out at foggy days whilst being warm and cozy indoors.

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We have had a great Christmas holiday and the most important thing was that we got to spend it together. I probably shouldn’t say this (it might sound a bit odd), but I am already looking forward to next Christmas.

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Pre-celebrations

So far Fraser and I have always spent Christmas day apart. It can be very difficult but it is important to both of us to see our families at Christmas. But we have always made sure that we have our own Christmas day (or pre-Christmas) before I fly off home. And this year was no exception, we had a wonderful day together and did so many amaznig things that it felt just like the real thing.

It started the night before with presents under the tree.

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Then continued the next day with present giving, pancakes for breakfast and old Christms cartoons.

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Followed by a wintry walk and a trip to the cinema.

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Then Christmas dinner in the evening with crackers and obligatory punny jokes.

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The evening was capped off by some sparkler fun which provided us with seemingly endless entertainment.

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A perfect pre-celebration of Christmas, we really did get everything we wanted.

Signs of the Season

There are many things I love about Christmas time, here are some of my favourite signs of the season.

Amazing, wintery skies:

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Mulled wine evenings with friends:

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Advent calendars, crunchy treats, and warm, fuzzy socks:

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Christmas lights in windows and random Christmas trees dotted around town:IMG_5673 IMG_5677 IMG_5682

Watching seasonal films, feeling like a child again:

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And a cosy living room with fairy lights and a Christmas tree.

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The Christmas Market

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On a cold, crisp December day we made our way down to the Christmas market to sample some food and delight in the festive joys. Here are some photographs of this little excursion.

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We made our way from the flat, across the Royal Mile towards the Christmas market.

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Crossing over to Newtown we were presented with some lovely views of wintry Edinburgh.

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Including the ferris wheel by the Scott Monument. IMG_5583 IMG_5585 IMG_5587

At this point we could already see the Christmas market from afar, bustling with people and with interesting stands dotted around the relatively small space.

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We stopped to buy some coffee (Choco-Vanilla) and admire some of the decorations being sold.

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Then we could not resist any longer and it was time for some truly delicious and thankfully warm food.

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After another quick wander round we were pretty much frozen and decided to stop off for some coffee and dessert to warm up a bit. Much to my delight my coffee came with a Christmas tree pattern, and Fraser’s gingerbread muffin came with a tiny gingerbread man on top.

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Then it was time to go home to the light of a beautiful sunset reflecting off the Crags.

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In summary, a great day at a truly lovely Christmas market.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The Christmas season has begun and in our household we do Christmas big. We both have very fond and nostalgic memories of Christmasses when we were younger and I think this has carried over into adulthood for both of us. There is something so cozy and familiar about it and every year we try to make it special.

So, now that the start of the Christmas season is here we set to work.

The beginning of the Christmas season means of course advent calendar sweets. Yummy.

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But back to the serious business of bringing Christmas into the home. We quickly assembled all of our decorations.

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Then it was time to get them hooked up and hung up. Christmas quickly spread to the walls, the doors, even the ceiling.

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We have a mini mini mini tiny little tree as there is not much space in the flat. But we love it and we have managed to find just the right amount of decorations, lights and tinsel for it.

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The start of the festive season was appropriately rounded off in the evening by lighting the candles and the lights ….

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… and settling in for the best possible start to Christmas.

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Have a very merry start to your Christmas fun!

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November Means

November. Well, first of all it would appear that November means I have been so busy that there has been no time for blog posting. This is bad, very bad. I created this blog first and foremost do document memories, now I may look back on 2012 one day and it will seem as if November just disappeared. Very bad. All I can do is try to strive for better. So I felt that perhaps a summarising post would be best, depicting what November means (you know, to jog my memory in years to come). So here we go.

First of all, November means really amazing skies, here are some images I captured one evening whilst out and about. It really was amazing and is not adequately reflected through photographs, but I hope the general idea comes across:

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November also means cold afternoons speant in a cozy kitchen trying out baking recipes. Here double chocolate chip, and chocolate orange biscuits.

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November means visits from cousins,

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and going to Christmas shops with other cousins to buy decorations.

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November means drizzly autumn walks amongst the now leafless trees,

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with this lovely guy. . .

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November means train journeys from east to west.

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November means eventually arriving in Dumfries to spend time with family and relax with some food and drinks,

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in front of a warm fire.

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November means getting some early Christmas shopping in and then going out for some much needed warming up lunch.

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Above all, November definitely means enjoying some delicious meals at home as the wind and rain rage outside.

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Onwards and upwards (to hopefully a month with more blog posts) to December and the Christmassy madness. It’s beginning to look a lot less like November.