Our Christmas celebrations have gone on and on – we rounded it all off with a fantastic lunch at Reads with Auntie H which was spectacular but photos of Faversham will have to wait for another day because I promised to post about Christmas! It feels like ages ago because we’ve been out for dinner or lunch for the last five days.
We had to share a stocking this year because we couldn’t find our normal stockings which were made for us by some good friends. pao had bought that stocking for me years ago and discovered too late that it was very stretchy and ended up having to buy lots of extra presents to fill it the year he gave it to me! We were relieved when we were both given normal sized stockings 🙂
I got some great stocking presents! There was a beautiful wooden candle holder from the German market (I forgot to post these photos.. better do that in a minute whilst I’m still thinking of it…); a tiny pot from Canterbury Pottery – pao said that he got me that because he wanted to get me something from there to make up for the disappointment of not getting the cheese mouse (I told you he was sneaky); a grow your own boss kit; a write your own mystery kit (watch out world); and lots of other exciting and fun gifts 🙂 Thank you so much, pao!!!
There was much amusement when I finally got to open that tantalising box that pao left under the tree.
Yes, that’s right. That really is newspaper. pao enjoys finding novel ways of wrapping my Christmas presents each year. One year, he wrapped everything in brown paper and string.
I received a major stash enhancement from mostly from pao with a slight bit of assistance from Auntie H. I feel a bit sorry for him as he had to pay a huge customs fee in order to receive it as he’d ordered loads and it was marked as commercial goods. I won’t show you every skein as that would take ages and I have photos of the German market to show you as well but there were lots of yarns I’d not heard of before: Apple Laine, Yarn Pirate, Sea Coast Handpainted Yarn, and Mama E Cyber Fiber. What isn’t pictured is the Rowan Kidsilk Haze which pao gave me just before Christmas to cheer me up about Jasper.
I also got some great knitting books: One Skein by Leigh Radford from pao; Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush and Not Tonight Darling, I’m Knitting from Mr and Mrs B, and Knitting Without Tears from the oh-so-sneaky Chris! Thank you so much to each of you!
We had a great time with lots of food
Mrs B is pictured here with Stuart’s boozy birthday cake on Christmas Eve
Mr and Mrs B had us round for lunch on Christmas Day and we ate a huge meal finished off with Stuart’s amazing Christmas puddings. He made a chocolate version which was delicious. I can’t fathom how he is still single.
Boxing Day was meal at pao’s dad’s. He is pictured with the gift pao’s brother, sil and nephew bought for the cats 🙂 They were very impressed 🙂
Yesterday, we went for pao’s brother, sil, nephew and grandmother for a meal at The Chapter Arms. So with today’s large meal out, we’ll be going on quite a diet when the season is over!!!
The German Christmas market in Canterbury was fantastic. I took these photos the night we nipped in to do some last minute Secret Santa shopping.
The Gluhwein looked welcoming.
The sausages were delicious.
I was sorry I didn’t get to try the poffertjes
pao must have gotten the candle holder from this stall 🙂
I went to a lot of parties in December and made gingerbread houses for two of them.
This house had some structural issues
so I’m not sure how it managed to stay standing!
I got the idea from Sunshine. Go have a look at hers. pao needs a big pat on the back and an ice pack too as he burnt his hand whilst he was putting together the main structure.
The cats love Christmas – they really enjoyed all the unwrapping and paper 🙂