Monday 30 November 2015

Me on the last Monday in November

The last Monday in November ... Oh my goodness!  Time to give a big 'get well soon' wave to Sian and join in with the rest of the Mondayers.
So with Christmas just around the corner it was a weekend of gently embracing the forthcoming festivities 
As I took a short cut through the grounds of the local hardware shop I had to weave my way through the Christmas trees. Too early for such shenanigans in our house; we don't decorate until the weekend of my husband's birthday so we have another couple of weeks to wait.
Sparkly shoes? Have I been invited to join the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing? No, we have a 50th birthday party coming up soon in a posh golf club and although I had a suitable dress, I had no suitable sandals to go with it. I was pleasantly surprised to find some with 30% off, in my size and comfortable too.  This has been a good month for new footwear!
Time to start making a few things to put in the freezer ready for Christmas so I can now cross sausage rolls off my 'to do' list.  Time also to sample this year's sloe gin.  Happy to report that it already tastes very good, although I may need to try it again next weekend, and the weekend after ... just to be sure!
Our daughter is on holiday in Mauritius and we had a FaceTime conversation with her which was lovely. They're having a great time, temperatures are in the high 20s, they'd just got back to their hotel after a five island speed boat tour, seeing amazing waterfalls, feeding monkeys, eating barbecued chicken and lobster on the beach, snorkelling, it all sounds fantastic.  What a shock they're going to get when they come home next week to wind/rain/sleet/frost.
It's back to working a half day on a Monday today - which was not welcome at all.  I liked having that long weekend for two weeks in a row.
I'd ordered some things on the John Lewis website to pick up at our local Waitrose store so I had a slight detour on my way home.  I'd only gone online to order a wok but you know how things go once you get clicking ... 

Hope everyone else is having a good start to the week - next time we meet it'll be December!


Sian said...

Oh that's a brilliant picture! I'd love to see John Lewis decorated for Christmas. It has become one of the draws of Edinburgh for me. Your sandals look really lovely..I'm assuming they felt comfortable before the testing of the sloe gin? Cos if not, that would be a false test and you'd have to start all over again...

Have a good week Deb. I was thinking of making some mince pies. Now I think I'm going to add sausage rolls to that list too

Patio Postcards said...

Very nice sandals. My husband will be over to help sort through sausage rolls ... I really should make. I bet the smell was wonderful walking through the lot of Christmas trees. There is nothing like that scent. Happy week to you.

Louise H said...

Love the sandals - I have wide feet so I can't do strappy shoes - low cut or lace ups only! Send a few sausage rolls my way ... I can't resist them. Christmas decorations pre children went up 2 or 3 days before the event - my daughter (13) wanted to put it up this weekend (way to early!).
Glad I'm not the only one that finds a small order ends up much larger than expected :)

Sandie said...

I love the photo of you holding the parcels! Visiting John Lewis is one thing I miss about not working as I used to attend a December meeting in Oxford Street and the store window was something I always looked forward to. I know I don't need an excuse, that I can just go and see it, but that's not going to happen.
I hope you enjoyed the 50th birthday - it's great when you can buy exactly what you want with a good discount isn't it! As for the sloe gin, I've still not picked my sloes yet. I usually wait for a frost though I heard popping them into the freezer can have the same effect. Enjoy your bottle and I hope it lasts til Christmas!

helena said...

laughing at you photo - I know how that happens when you go online for one thing! Have a great week

Julie Kirk said...

Enjoying your holy trinity of shoes: comfy, sparkly, reduced! Can't beat it!

And that's a great photo with the parcels! Like you've just stepped out of Santa's workshop.

Cheri said...

Just stopping by to say hello. Cute shoes!

Unknown said...

Yes I'm guilty of that too, online shopping now gets you like that doesn't it? :)

Susanne said...

Well, look at you, all packed down with packages. Tis the season!