Tuesday, 1 December 2015

So November has gone, what's coming in December?

I like lists and at this time of year there are several lists on the go.

One of my lists was ideas for my December blog posts now I'm back to daily posting and it's going to be a Christmas photo every day for 24 days. For people who say "Bah Humbug to Christmas" ....... you'll just have to shut your eyes when you read my blog!!

Advent picture 1 is, appropriately, an advent calendar.

Our last Advent calendar was found in a charity shop a couple of years ago but the little doors won't stay shut any more so when I saw this  in a National Trust shop when we were away on holiday I splashed out. Behind each number is a picture showing Christmas decorations from  NT Houses all round the country. I'm looking forward to opening each window.
Picture one was stockings hanging over a fireplace from Ingham Mote in Kent


What's happening this month?
Well quite a lot actually but It's OK  ..............I have a list!

Main supermarket shop
A trip to Ipswich to get a voucher for a present and other shopping
Finish the rest of Christmas present shopping
Wrap presents
Finish writing cards and get them posted
Col's doctor and hospital appointments
Get the Christmas tree up ready for mid month family get together 
Go to the Hyundai garage in Ipswich to get a switch for the reversing lights on the car
Make bread each week
Make a double batch of tomato and herb rolls
Chop kindling each week
Cut wood each week
Try out the little veggie pies ready for Christmas day
Decide on 2 deserts for mid month family gathering
Make 2 deserts and put in the freezer
Make breadcrumbs for bread sauce
 Wrap presents 
Marzipan cakes
Ice cakes
Make breadcrumbs ready for bread sauce
Order a ham and a chicken from the butchers for Christmas day
Visit 2 places for photos for my advent blog posts
Organise a meet up with friends for present swap
Visit relatives to deliver presents


That should keep us busy all month!

Back Tomorrow
Sue
P.S. Thanks for comments about November spending on yesterdays post






47 comments:

  1. I'm exhausted just reading your list! That is a beautiful advent calendar. Quite a few of my Christmas presents have come from the National Trust. They do have some lovely things. I for one will definitely look forward to your daily posts. X

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  2. What a lovely calendar, gosh what a busy month you have x

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    1. It should be Ok, though I suppose I'd better fit in housework somewhere!

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  3. Thank you for joining in I have listed you on my blog and follow you to.
    That is a pretty Calendar, looking forward to seeing what is behind each door
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you for following me. My advent photos won't be from this calendar everyday(unless I run out of ideas!) but something I make/do/prepare/ go to/or have for Christmas

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  4. Thank you for joining in I have listed you on my blog and follow you to.
    That is a pretty Calendar, looking forward to seeing what is behind each door
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  5. That's a great advent calendar, how unusual.

    I'm not a fan of Christmas as it is lived by me, but I do like to read about how other people enjoy the various aspects of the season so I'll be reading.

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    1. I could quite happily avoid the day itself , but I don't mind the preparations and as 2 of our children and partners have nowhere else to go this year then I can't really avoid it.

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  6. That sounds quite like my month except for the kindling (nothing to burn it in!). It's good to have a plan for a busy month.
    The advent calendar is lovely!

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    1. I guess I should have also listed housework - but that's too boring!

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  7. That advent calendar is spectacular!!

    I'm not making any lists ... my Lovely Hubby makes enough lists for both of us :-(

    He already has a schedule of work for while he is off work over the Christmas period, how we will fit it all in I have no idea, how we will fit in the 'film watching and chilling out' is even more puzzling.

    I think it's time I had a word with him.

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  8. Thanks to Amazon I no longer leave the shopping until the 24th!

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    1. It's certainly easy to get things for people when they have a list. My amazon list is 3 pages long.I'm hopeful!

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  9. Like you I have a number of lists. One that goes in my handbag/purse to remember to get things while I'm out and about. There is a food one inside the kitchen cupboard. I have a couple of weeks off so before a run of nights before Christmas so I should be OK.

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    1. I couldn't do your job, with those horrible hours, I hope things go smoothly for you at work and with the Christmas stuff

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  10. I love that calendar.
    I also love lists. Because it is such a great feeling when you get to cross things off them! :O) x

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    1. I was pleased when I found it as I don't like chocolate ones ( I was the mean mum when children were small!) and this is so unusual

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  11. Lovely advent calendar Sue and I'm looking forward to your photo a day :)

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  12. I have been to Ightham Mote in Kent several times. Very atmospheric, especially if you have read Green Darkness by Anya Seton. I do recommend a visit.

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    1. We had a couple of places in Kent on our "list of places to visit in our gap year" so as it's NT we will be sure to go there too. I had a look in my Book Of Books read and haven't read that one of Anya Seton so will look it up before/if we get there

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  13. I th if I wrote a list for this month I'd break down and cry. Too much to do!

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    1. Oh you poor thing. My list wouldn't have looked like this when we had 3 under 7's in the house! far too busy just keeping ordinary things going back then

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  14. Adore the Georgian calendar! what a beautiful find.

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    1. It's a picture of a dolls house belonging to the NT at Uppark, West Sussex

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  15. I love the advent calendar, what a delight. I am exhausted just looking at your list, yet realistically I am sure Christmas lists worldwide will be much the same minus hospital appointments of course. Hope all goes well with that.

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    1. Yes I expect you are right, especially if they have family to cater for.

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  16. I would appreciate a recipe for little veggie pies Sue - I have one vegetarian at Christmas and never know what to serve him.
    Sounds like you have enough to keep you going full pelt through December.

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    1. We tried the little veggie pies and they worked a treat, So will re-do them and put the recipe on the blog - probably Friday. There is a recipe for mini veg/nut roasts that I did last year on the recipe page, they were good too. I cook a veggie thing for our future Daughter in law and then make enough of it for me too

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  17. Happy ticking off your tasks!
    xx

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    1. Thank you. Cards now sorted so that's one done already

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  18. Hi there! I love your grand Advent calendar- it looks lovely! I've never been to Ightham Mote even though it is really near my Dad's house!x

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    1. It's good isn't it, I'm glad I found it way back in October

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  19. Just live your advent calendar Sue xx

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  20. I love that calendar. I would be happy seeing the new opened window everyday!
    Where was number one? I could not see it?
    Pam in TX.xx

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    1. It would be too small to take photos of the opened windows each day, sadly

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  21. Oh I'm tired just thinking about your list! I will probably be trying to squash my jobs into 2 weeks like a fool!!!

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    1. I've done the cards today so thats one thing finished

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  22. I'm joining in with the advent calendar too, your new calendar is a very Christmassy kind of house I can just imagine all the wonderful and elaborate decorations that you will find behind those doors x

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  23. I love the advent calendar you have shown in your blog. So much more beautiful than the cheesy cardboard ones. Although I would love to post a blog everyday in December, I just know I won't be able to keep up that promise, but I'm glad you are doing it! Heck of a list you have there. -Jenn

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  24. Sounds as though it is going to be a busy month! Enjoy it though, and your very pretty new advent calendar! xx

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  25. That's one impressive list.
    Good luck with it all and I hope you have a wonderful time at your family gatherings.
    I'd love a peek at your advent calendar, what a different theme this one is.
    Lisa x

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  26. I have this one too! I blogged about it on my Treasure Bear blog but won't spoil it for you by saying what's behind which window.

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