Archive for December, 2009

December 28, 2009

The Days In-between

I like the days in-between because there are very few expectations of what they should be.

Christmas Eve is supposed to be all expectant and candle-lit. Christmas Day can be all sorts of things but should go smoothly, Boxing Day is, it seems, for shopping and then drinking.

We feel adrift from some of the expectations of Christmas due to being at odds with the world of consumerism and also at odds with one half of our family. Whilst everyone asks where we are going and who we are seeing and then are disappointed with our response that we will be at home, just us. The reality is that with six of us we aren’t lonely at all. We miss those who are not with us but we aren’t ‘missing out’ or sad and isolated. Our family round the table provide plenty to laugh about and we enjoy our own company.

This year we have scrimped on everything all year long so gifts of cheques in Christmas cards went straight on meat purchases. One piece of beef topside for the 25th and a ham the size of a football for the 26th. Dh was so fixated on his marinade for the ham that we forgot to get any stuffing in Waitrose. I invented some with breadcrumbs, satsuma zest, celery and onion and it was “surprisingly good” Cheeky buggers!

The ham was also delicious – what you see above is just over half of what we started with – and we ate both meals off my Nan’s blue willow pattern function plates. My Nan was famed for her buffet meals and she accumulated more than a dozen of each size plate to cater for such occasions. Her attention to detail and the magnificent execution of such affairs led them to become known as Functions within the family even if the guests were only close friends and relatives. She gave them to me years ago when she was still living at her house but not planning functions any more. A year later she was in a nursing home and complaining about the food. We think of her often and none more so when preparing food for lots of people to enjoy.

So, the days that have been so eagerly awaited have now passed. Good food, good times, no rows and no miserableness.

Then the 27th is just what it is. So is today and the day after. Thank goodness.

December 23, 2009

I’ve got a new addiction

Look what I made!

Eldest boy has made about 50 badges today. He came home from work all fired up and started cutting circles out of all sorts of paper. I remembered I had some Betty Boop fabric which I haven’t been able to find a use for yet. I cut her head out and what would you know, you can make badges with fabric too. I see more of these in my future……

December 22, 2009

Brrrr it’s cold outside! Lets make badges

We had snow yesterday – not as much as in other places but enough to have the kids squealing with delight.

The birds here are getting a bit chilly too and foraging for food where they can. This is our berberis hedge or what is left of it in winter once the sawflies have had two pops at it. Can you see the birds?

My eldest has had an idea about making badges to sell for a while now and finally put his money where his mouth is on ebay last week to order some badge making equipment. It arrived this morning and after a call to the supplier to work out what we were doing wrong he soon had his siblings drawing circles on paper to cut and make badges from.

Yet another job which can only be done between food on the kitchen table

A special one from big sister to small sister

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December 19, 2009

Knitting and listening; painting and eating.

My girls love painting and Amelia is experimenting with techniques like blowing paint with straws

They create amid this mess

We have just finished dinner and the plates are cleared but for some reason the pot always stays on the table.

One of the things I love about home education is that there is no fixed time of day for doing anything. If they want to paint at 8pm that is ok. When Amelia first left school she painted or drew something before she had even had breakfast. She doesn’t still do it quite so predictably but the urge to paint or draw has not left her.

I knitted two matching booties! The first one was finished whilst listening to Holby City on BBCiPlayer at midnight and I even unravelled the whole ball of wool managed to find the place in the ball of wool where the colours came out in the same sequence as they did in the first bootie. The second one was finished while listening to Dani’s House and The Worst Witch on the sofa with the girls on Wednesday afternoon.

Tiny things for tiny people set my dh off on how another baby would be lovely so I got them out of the house quickly. They have been safely delivered now and I haven’t had the camera at home for days so no pictures.

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