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Three children *** One big, grey dog *** Two parents *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That’s us!

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  • Anne Sorry to hear you haven't been well but it does sound like you've had a festive week. I love your homemade Christmas jumper, it's so... 15 Dec
  • Kim Carberry Ahh! It sounds like a very festive week for you! My girl is reading in the carol concert at the church and I can't wait.... 15 Dec
  • mummy here and here Awww you must be so proud of your son, well done! Bath abbey is beautiful place to walk around! Have a fab weekend X #wotw 15 Dec
  • Debbie Hi Cheryl, you backtracked brilliantly! I love the fact you kept the chocolate inserts from other calendars. My two lumps still have an Advent calendar,... 15 Dec
  • Angela Webster There's barely a minute to take a breath in December is there ! The homemade jumper is fantastic. My two still have a full week... 15 Dec
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Debs Random Writings

Slice of Life


December. Oh, December. Half way through already. That can’t be right.

The house is feeling festive. Lots of twinkling lights in the evening. A more Christmas past, as I’ve had no time to add much new. I’m glad I made the mistletoe and my needlefelted King Winter earlier. It has been busy. School events, work project deadlines to hit and exam tension to juggle.

To add to the fun, along with me being hit with more sick days in December than the rest of the year put together, the telephones and internet are still playing up. I’m now on first name terms with our telephone engineer and he has learnt that he can explain the problem using proper terms and I will understand. Yes, I am a mother but I can put CEng after my name. Hear me roar… just not too loud as it will set me off coughing again. Er hmm.

(Youngest’s homemade jumper for Christmas Jumper Day today)

In between, there have been events to attend. We were given tickets to see the Yeovil pantomime, which was more fun than I thought it would be. First time we’ve been to a panto as a family.  Very impressed with the theatre too. Will be keeping an eye on future productions, for sure.

Last school Christmas concert in the village church, this week, as Youngest is in his final year.  He was a narrator. He learnt his lines and delivered them perfectly.

Highlight of the week was going to Bath Abbey and listening to the children singing carols. Several primary schools came together for the service. Youngest stood up in the pulpit and read part of the Christmas story to everyone. It really was magical and made me very happy.

We had a mere sprinkling of snow, which I was relieved about. I’m not keen on driving in the snow and ice, especially as it has been a lot of coming and going this week.

Older teen has finished her mocks and is home now. Middle teen has a half day and then she is home for the holidays. Youngest’s school breaks up this afternoon. I still have work to finish, but I’m hoping to move down a gear for the run up to Christmas. Be nice to finish the table runner I started a few weeks ago…..

Hope your week is going well and full of festive fun.

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The Snow Child and knitting

It is blowing a hooley today. Perfect excuse to hunker down and knit, while the wind howls outside. Inbetween work, of course. Weather like this causes the internet to go up and down. The chance to take a break, pops up that little bit more often. Silver lining, heh?

I’ve rescued our recycling bin three times already this morning. The wind seems to ignore all the neighbours’ bins and selects ours for early release down the lane. Fly, be free. Splitting it from its contents to maximize the chaos. Not much hope of recycling being collected. Our lane is closed to all traffic. Ever the optimist, I’ve recaptured the bin plus wayward contents, and weighed it down with rocks. Fingers crossed that the determined recycling people will vault the barricade and collect. We’re only a couple of yards passed it. I’d hate it if they went to all that trouble only to find I’d taken the bin in.

I finished my book last night. Loved it. The Snow Child is so well written that it’s a delight to read. Continue reading

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One of my big aims is to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we use as a family, but, oh my, it is tricky. Just as you eliminate one type, another sneaks in. For goodness sake! I ordered a pumpkin this week, with my shopping, and, for the first time, it arrived in its own plastic bag. Really?

Shakes head in despair.

On a positive, it’s been great to see the news focus on plastic, in the last few days. Raising awareness. Showing how it breaks down and is ingested by the smallest marine creatures, even seven miles down.


So what have I done this week to cut down on plastic? I know I’m unlikely to eradicate all plastic, but even small changes make a difference to how much I throw away and the demand I create for more plastic in the future.

I’ve upped my baking. There are no biscuits wrapped in plastic or puddings in plastic tubs, but there has been a plentiful supply of homemade apple pies, pumpkin pies and raspberry muffins. I’ve made both pumpkin and vegetable soup too. Continue reading

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