I've been absent from the blogworld for almost a month for a couple of reasons:
1) I was struck down with a lurgy on Christmas Day which wiped me out for the following 3 days. This was almost certainly due to being totally burnt-out from the silly season and the end of the working year.
2) We escaped to the beach for a week and I didn't really look at a computer for the whole week, although I did take pics and spam instagram!
I'm now back at work, but am still feeling very slow from our very restful trip to the beach.
Here's a summary of the last 3+ weeks.
Warning. This post has a LOT of photos.
We finally got a tree on 22nd and put it up. Lots of presents, although I'm still waiting for my gifts from J, as he ordered them from the UK and the post has been very slow.
Here are some of the presents. Lots of lovely smelly things and books.
On the morning of the 25th I was struck down by some awful lurgy and spent the next 3 days in bed sleeping. I didn't even have the strength to read, although I did manage to eat some cake....
We went down South to the beach for a week.
The weather was perfection: not too hot, but warm enough to swim every day, and go on long walks.
Our friends' beautiful house. C crocheted that rug below. She is super creative!
There were 3 families in the house for the New Year. 6 children and 6 adults.
The children had a great time with sparklers:
The adults indulged in lots of oysters, prawns etc, but I forgot to get good pics.
We also played bowls:
C also crocheted us a throw in the most beautiful colours:
I read a couple of good books. The Psychopath Test is a very interesting and humorous read. I managed to get through it in one day - such a rare treat to have the time to read ALL DAY!!!
Other books on the go, most of which I got for Christmas. I haven't started 'Far From the Tree' yet, but the others are in progress. The David Crystal book 'Spell it Out' is about the quirks of English Spelling, and I highly recommend it if you're interested in language/linguistics.
In October I decided to give clothes shopping a bit of a break, and I'm pleased to say that I haven't bought any clothes at all since the end of October. I did get a scarf for Christmas (the one I wanted!), but apart from that, no new items have been acquired!
I'm sure the urge will return, but it's been pretty easy to resist so far.
I wish I could say the same for shoe shopping. But I'll post about that another time....