Back to Reality!

Well my friends have gone home and now it’s back to work for 3 weeks until I go home for Christmas. I sent them off with a cream tea at the Luton Hoo before they left so they would feel suitably English before they left…

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After Liz left on Saturday we needed to think of something fun to do so we decided to put up some festive decorations. I know it’s a bit early and I usually wait until December before I even think about Christmas but as we are leaving halfway through December I wanted to enjoy my decorations. Check out our cute little white tree, it’s only 2 ft tall. The lights are red and it’s very white but I can’t seem to get a good picture with the lights on…

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One day I’ll get a large white tree! It looks cute with our red decorations. Here are some shots from around the house. I love Christmas decorating…

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Oh and I can’t forget “The Snowman” that I knit a few years ago. I’m not really into knitting toys but I love this character from the classic Snowman book…

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Seeing as lovely John got me the day off work to play with my friends we had to do something fun in London! It was a fun filled day of sightseeing, shopping and a musical. We started at the Tower of London for the Crown Jewels. It really is a sight, especially with Tower Bridge in the background…

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How can you not love Tower Bridge, stunning…

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We also learned a lot about the Tower of London block besides the fact that it houses the Crown Jewels. At one time there was a menagerie on the site because really what do you get a medieval king who has it all! Unfortunately, as you may guess most animals died because they didn’t know how to feed them properly. An elephant, a polar bear and tigers were among the animals acquired. More recently they have a Liz and Sarah…

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Gotta love the interactive displays!

Queeny’s jewels were a highlight. Sadly, no pics inside. I didn’t want to risk being removed by a guard at this venue…

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After a few hours here we did a tour of Harrods. It was actually nice to get there as it was getting dark. The lights were stunning, too bad the picture isn’t more clear, sorry…

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In the evening we went to see Rock of Ages which was a blast.

Boy was I tired today! Well worth it though.

Surprise!

My friends and husband are the best!! I’m still not sure on all the details of how it happened but on Saturday morning I thought John was at his parents helping his dad with his new computer but he was at Heathrow picking up 2 long time friends…

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I think Sarah and Liz just couldn’t wait until December 16 when I return to Canada to watch the new Twilight movie Breaking Dawn Part 2. Liz got the house decorated in preparation for the movie immediately…

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Yeah team Edward!

It has been an amazing but surreal 2 days. They are staying the week and John even called my head teacher to get me the day off on Tuesday so we can go in to London together.

First up today was a Christmas Market at the nearby stately home of Knebworth House…

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Then a cozy afternoon tucked away at a comfy, old pub!…

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A country pub wouldn’t be complete without canine companions…

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I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends, John’s not bad either!

Crafty Update

I promise I still knit and sew. I don’t just cook all the time! I need to finish up this baby cardi for Lord Isaac for Christmas. He looks devastatingly handsome in stripes so this should work well for him! How long the giant will fit in it is another question. Just working on the end of the 2nd sleeve then I will sew it together…

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I haven’t knit a lot with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino but it is nice. It’s very soft and squidgy which is always a nice combo. It comes in a wide array of modern colours too, goody.

On a more exciting note, my lovely John has a surprise for me this weekend and for the first time EVER I haven’t been able to crack him into giving away a hint of what we are doing? Hmmmmmm curiouser and curiouser!

Weekend at Wimbledon

My Grammie called me out today because I hadn’t blogged for awhile! Sorry, I don’t know where the week has gone. I’ve even done some knitting. I’m almost done Lord Isaac’s next sweater. I’ll take pictures soon.

But first…let me share a neat weekend. We took john’s parents to the Wimbledon museum for her birthday. I don’t watch a lot of tennis anymore but it was still pretty cool to see this famous arena for sport. Here’s the famous centre court…

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I thought the museum was actually one of the better ones we’ve been to in awhile. It showed tennis through the ages and there were a lot of interactive displays.

Afterwards we hit a new National Trust. Runnymede is a beautiful area of fields just outside of Windsor which is said to be the place where the Magna Carta was signed. The American Bar Association has built a monument on the site…

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Interestingly, 1 acre of the land was gifted by the Queen to the States. On it we found a monument to JFK, very bizarre the things we find on our travels!…

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Comforts of Home

Ahhhhh, sweet guilty pleasures! Watching the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy and eating Triscuits with cheese. How on earth this country doesn’t have Triscuits is beyond me but a big thanks to Grammie and Pa for bringing them. May look gross but it’s comfort food for me…

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Looks worse in the picture actually…hmmmmm…but sooooooo yummy. Would be even better if I was eating them with my dad! Love you dad, miss you lots.

Gogo Little Red’s Grandparents

I’ve been so lucky to have had my Grandparents here for the last week. I haven’t posted because my Grandparents have worn me out! They are more Gogo than I am, they are amazing. Here’s a quick update on our activities…

We started with a very posh tea at the near by Luton Hoo Estate with John’s parents…

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Thursday we zipped into London to drool at the Harrod’s food hall which was already decked out for Christmas…

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The veggie display at Harrods really got me going of course!…

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After a lunch at the beautiful Victoria and Albert museum cafe we scuttled over to Liberty for some fabric shopping. They had the new Liberty cotton craft range in, oooo ahhhhh…

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Check out these new hexagon packs too…love it…

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Grammie and Pa were also good sports when I wanted to try two new recipes from River Cottage, a tasty cabbage, date and orange salad and an arugula, parsnip and puy lentil salad…

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On the weekend we drove to the Peak District to visit Pa’s Cousin. On the way home we hit Stratford-Upon-Avon…

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and the Cotswold’s…

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These were just some of the highlights of my half-term break, back to work now. I’m so happy Grammie and Pa were able to visit. I can’t believe how the time flies!