31.12.16

Christmas 2016











































Gosh, I haven't taken this many photos in a long time or had the time to edit and post them. I hope you've had a lovely Christmas. We've had a glorious week of family time, fun and festivities. We managed to see more members of our extended family than in recent years and Tim and I also managed to sneak away for two nights. We stayed in Shrewsbury which is an hour away from home. We enjoyed reading (I finished A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson and read Matt Haig's The Girl Who Saved Christmas), walks by the river and lots of time in coffee shops and cafes. Driving through fog and waking up to a frosty white landscape enveloped our stay in a Narnia like magic. I don't think the spell has quite broken yet.  

At home, Tim saved our Christmas with his epic cooking and skillfully managed to cater for our new vegan (eldest son became vegan six weeks ago) whilst also ensuring it was gluten free for one of the grandparents. Yes, that it is a gluten free and vegan lemon cake and it tastes as good as it looks. It's even better with a douse of limoncello (as is Christmas pud). Our starter was homemade beetroot hummus. We get through a lot of hummus these days.

We're having a quiet new year and leaving the boys to do the partying. I hope you enjoy your new year weekend and I look forward to sharing more Just a little less with you on the flip side (apparently this refers to DJs not talking until after playing the B-side of a vinyl record but it also means 'see you later'). Vinyl and vegan; it's all so 2017. 





11 comments :

  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Beautiful photos. Warmest wishes and Happy New Year Clare xx

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  2. Tim is a genius to serve so many needs so well. I did not know where that expression came from, so learned something new, always a good start to a day. Have a joyful New Year Claire.

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  3. What a beautiful pictorial journey through your Christmas! And by your description of it, it sounds quite magical. I'm SO happy for you and wish you a blessed New Year.

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  4. Happy New Year. Vinyl here too!

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  5. gorgeous photos, looks like it was a good one :-) X

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  6. Happy New Year! Beautiful photos - capturing all the things I like best about the season! (PS I sent an email to your blog address with a book question, if you have a chance to take a look)

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  7. Happy New Year! So glad to see you're back.

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  8. Happy New Year Claire, may it be a kind one! Just spent a happy hour catching up on your lovely blo, clicking your always interesting links XX

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  9. I enjoyed this post so much Claire - such warm, festive photos, full of family and love. And good food too! That lemon cake looks divine. I have a recipe somewhere for gluten free orange cake made with ground almonds and it really is quite exceptional. Think it may have eggs in it though. Anyway, can I wish you a belated Happy New Year - I hope that 2017 is kind to you. xx

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  10. Lovely pictures and lovely family :) Wishes of a very Happy 2017 from an old time reader ;)

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  11. Miss hearing from you... hope all is well and that you will be blogging again soon.

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