Christmas Sevens – 2017

Posting my last ‘Sunday Sevens’ of 2017 on Saturday, because I have the whole year to roundup tomorrow.

The weather over the Christmas was typical UK Christmas weather; damp. This year we had extra fog:

Brentor Church on Christmas Eve
View from Brentor Church on Christmas Eve

We’ve had every other sort of weather since Christmas day; snow – that barely settled – rain, storms and I even spotted a slither of blue sky for a second.


My best Christmas present arrived early in the shape of Lovely Eldest arriving the Thursday before Christmas and staying for a whole week.

One Step Beyond

Lovely Littlest is spending six weeks touring New Zealand with her boyfriend, so we were sadly without her this year – but my second best Christmas present was face-timing her on Christmas morning.

I’ll tell you about my third best Christmas present next week.

On the crafty present front, not only did I receive some lovely handmade gifts in my Stitching Santa from Claire


… I also received this beautiful bowl made by a very talented friend, and look how perfectly it goes with the mandala Claire crochet me…



One of my favourite things about Christmas is having time to play lots of games.


Our new game this year was Pandemic, bought for us by Lovely Littlest – who wasn’t here and was the only one who knew how to play and therefore knew the rules. And boy are there a lot of rules! Once we got to grips with most of them, we enjoyed it, but we were still playing bits of it wrong. Anyone else played Pandemic?



My worst Christmas present was a streaming cold that’s still going strong and has meant I’ve barely left the house and worse still I’ve hardly felt like knitting!

I did spend a nice quiet afternoon reading this, while hubby took Lovely Eldest to Bristol airport.


I absolutely loved Dark Matter, so when I saw it I immediately put it on my Christmas list. It’s good, but not as good as Dark Matter.

So that’s been my Christmas. Oh yes, there was food and drink and in laws, but I don’t seem to have taken any pics of those.

Hope you’ve had a good one!

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14 thoughts on “Christmas Sevens – 2017

  1. I had the same best and worst Christmas presents as you.
    Mlle T. the elder was here for a week which went far too quickly and I had picked up a cold, though not a streamer, in the weeks previously and it has hung on in various forms ever since.
    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were beautiful, weather- wise here and we could probably have had Christmas dinner outside but it just wouldn’t seem right would it? Since then it’s been a bit snowy, a bit blizzardy and a bit drizzly so I’m staying tucked up inside.
    I have clotted cream envy – can’t get it here 😦

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    1. Flippin’ Santa, only works a few days a year, but still can’t be bothered to read your list properly!
      Sorry to hear about the CC envy, but they’re only saving you from yourself.
      Hope the cold goes away soon.


  2. I laughed out loud at the view from the church β›ͺ πŸ˜ƒ
    I particularly miss my NZ family at this time of year. One Christmas both my children were in NZ too. One for a year and the other for two years. I hope your daughter is having a marvelous time πŸ™‚

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  3. Looks a fun week apart from getting a cold. I have one of those now too! I have never heard of Pandemic. Sounds pretty complicated. I got my nephew a ping pong set so hope I get invited round to my sisters soon for a game. πŸ™‚

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  4. Winter is the best time for books, fires and tea, sorry you had a cold this week. Best presents are the company of one’s children, these days it is us who have to do the travelling to their homes. I love the last picture, where was it taken? A lovely Christmas for you.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I suspect we will soon need to start visiting ours, but I’m actually looking forward to going out and about to visit, rather than everyone coming to us. Mind, I probably won’t be saying that when I’m stuck in Christmas traffic.
      I adored that tree – it’s in a garden a few miles from us, very close to Brentor Church.


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