Attending to know Us – Festive version – T.B.C

Ahhh, we’ve been tagged by our beautiful pal Smelly over at Smelly Socks and Backyard Peas. We don’t actually know the place the tag got here from however we’re honoured to be tagged. We stay up for sharing ourselves with you a bit extra, and we can’t wait to listen to extra about a few of you and get to know you just a little higher.


First issues first – an enormous fats THANK YOU to Smelly for the tag. Now we have been just a little silent currently, as work has taken over. It’s the tip of the 12 months, faculties are wrapping up, writing deadlines have to be met earlier than the Christmas break and taking pictures schedules are psychological loopy busy as we hurry to make a lot of the dry climate earlier than the years out! Now we have stated it earlier than and we’ll say it once more; we like Smelly and all the pieces she writes. Her weblog is stuffed with anecdotal posts that always have us splitting our sides with laughter (she actually ought to think about arise) or sitting with a deep heat ache as she superbly describes how she offers with life and loss. Don’t simply take our phrase for it – pop alongside to her weblog, it’s value trying out.

And if you wish to get to know Smelly just a little bit higher, effectively, you possibly can learn her publish right here!

Questions and solutions

What’s your favorite winter deal with?

B right here! So, after just a little thought, I realised my favorite winter deal with is a deep, heat, crumbling mince pie, with cream. I do know, I do know, sounds apparent. However, a mince pie is a type of treats that hit’s me after I’ve it. I’ll see them within the outlets, normally Nero, trying scrumptious with a star pastry high, dusted frivolously with icing sugar, and I feel to myself, shall I, shall I not, and earlier than I do know it my fingers have picked one up, positioned it on the counter and I’m paying for it. As soon as I unwrap and eat it – it’s a no brainer and I all the time marvel why my head says no and my coronary heart simply appears to know that I’ll take pleasure in it!

My newest favorite model of a mince pie is the Heston Blumenthal model, present in Waitrose. I write just a little bit about these explicit mince pies right here.

What Christmas traditions do you rejoice?

C right here! We wrote an entire publish about Christmas traditions in our Christmas Collaborations Sequence, final 12 months. The collection was extraordinary, as we acquired along with a few of our favorite bloggers to carry a form ‘Blogmas’ the T.B.C approach. You possibly can learn all of the fabulous posts right here. Here’s a little paragraph from my precise publish for the collection;

These days and particularly now, my Christmas is much more subdued. It’s simply me and my daughter. She’s virtually a youngster, so the magic of Christmas shouldn’t be telephone calls from Santa and Reindeer hooves. It’s the rituals; the cups of tea and the bin baggage. The radio on and the sound of potatoes hitting the new fats. We watch Elf each Christmas eve and drink sizzling chocolate. My very own daughter is now the evening owl, so we sit up collectively and discuss. It’s a special Christmas to the one I grew up with, nevertheless it’s the rituals we bear in mind and those we create, that makes the magic that may stick with us for generations. 

You possibly can learn the remainder of the publish right here!

Are you wishing for snow this 12 months?

T right here! I really reside in Scotland and we get our fair proportion of snow. So I’m really wishing for it to snow over Christmas, and if not over Christmas – then definitely on Christmas day itself. It makes all the pieces look so fairly and cosy. The massive fats snowflakes falling exterior, while you sit inside, with the heating on, consuming mums Christmas curry watching your favorite Christmas film; magical! Strikes us properly on to the following query.

What’s your favorite Christmas film?

T right here, once more! Favorite Christmas film has acquired to be Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers. I do know, its not a typical Christmas film – it’s not one of many standard ones that make their approach on the Christmas schedule yearly. Nevertheless it’s one which jogs my memory of my childhood. I used to be about 10 and it was a film that my uncle launched to me one Christmas. It turned little bit of a Christmas custom there on after. I like it, it’s foolish, humorous, effectively acted – only a really feel good film and I like watching it with my uncle.

Have you ever ever constructed a gingerbread home? What’s your approach?

B right here! Ummmmm…sure! However not from scratch. One in all my nieces introduced one over to our home final Christmas. It was store purchased, so we had all the ins and outs we simply wanted to embellish and glue the ginger bread biscuits collectively. For sure it was a flop. Like, actually a flop. I feel we put an excessive amount of icing sugar on, or what ever the glue was that holds in all place. All of it simply slipped and slid aside. So we have now no recommendation to give you right here, besides to simply eat it slightly than make it! HA! x

What’s your favorite sizzling chocolate?

C right here – my sizzling chocolate flavour must be Orange. Cream and Marshmallow on high, thanks very a lot. Don’t know why Orange, notably nevertheless it simply actually prefer it.

B right here – mine has acquired to be Cadbury’s unique and I actually should be within the temper for it! With cream don’t thoughts an excessive amount of about marshmallow. Although, Costa do a Ruby Scorching Chocolate, with all of the trimmings… it’s purple (clearly) however – I’m not too positive on the flavour. Generally that hits the spot… not all the time – like espresso!

T right here – I like me an unique chocolate-ly sizzling chocolate, and I additionally actually should be within the temper for it!!! Oh with all of the trimmings!

What present are you hoping to get this 12 months?

B once more… nothing actually. I do know this sounds actually twee, righteous and maybe idealistic – however nothing on this materials world may make my Christmas. What I do want for nevertheless, is the tip of Boris and his cronies in authorities. Our nation is spiralling right into a far proper fascist state and I can’t bear it. I need a fairer and extra respectable society. I wish to really feel delight in with the ability to name myself British (and Indian for that matter, however the Indian Authorities has taken that away too).

It’s not a pipe dream – all it requires is that all of us suppose earlier than we converse and put ourselves within the footwear of those that have far far lower than us. That the language round people who find themselves distressed, traumatised and damaged adjustments from Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Spongers and the prefer to individuals who want our assist. That we as people – do our responsibility in the direction of each other; deal with one another with love, care and compassion. Absolutely that IS the one message of Christmas!

What’s your warmest winter time reminiscence?

There have been so many; the time I got here residence from Uni having damaged up with somebody I used to be seeing and pondering like my complete world had crumbled. It was my first relationship, I had no concept that somebody I believed I liked so dearly, may harm me so deeply. However that Christmas I used to be surrounded by my household, who liked me, it doesn’t matter what. They held me, they comforted me, they made me snigger, my father hugged me so tight I may really feel his ache, for me. My mom fed me until my coronary heart and soul had been full. She nourished me along with her love and I knew that my place was within the fingers and hearts of those that actually cared for me. I’d return to the connection a couple of extra instances earlier than I realised my precise value and the truth that I got here from an intensely loving household.

I liked Christmas’s at my Uncles with all my cousins. We’d play video games and mess about with our items all day till it was time to eat, however not earlier than watching the Queens speech and tuning into the Eastenders Christmas particular. We liked this bit, particularly. Our two favorite years had been when the Max Branning and Stacey Slater affair was revealed with poor Tanya watching it unfold on a house video, proper earlier than her eyes. And… the episode the place Sonia’s Jamie died in hospital after a automobile crash. All of us (about 20 of us) sat there on the couch, sprawled throughout the ground or sitting on further chairs introduced in, crying our eyes out as Jamie’s life slipped away. I liked it.

Now, it’s primarily simply speedy household. Not my uncle and cousins – issues occur, households fall out. However we transfer on and we discover love, peace and luxury in different relations and it’s nonetheless good, if no more so. The relationships are actual, nearer and depend on nothing however love and respect. Brothers and sisters, introduced up with integrity and decency. Sure, positive there may be sibling rivalry however we’re tight as a unit. Each my nieces are witness to like that surrounds them and us and we’re all good for it!

This 12 months we’ll be again at my sisters. And it’s going to be beautiful. Her extension means they’ve an enormous kitchen the place all of the meals can be laid out. There can be sufficient room on the inn for all and extra to benefit from the intimacy of familial love. They’ve two Christmas tree’s, one in every room and a canine who’s simply lovable. I can’t wait!

How about you?

I’d completely love to listen to some festive information about anybody who’s studying this. However particularly, I’d prefer to tag:

Joey at Hid Voices

Invoice at a_silly_place

Monty at Monty Scribbles

The Yorkshire Dreamer at The Yorkshire Dreamer

Carson at Carson Bohdi

Michelle at Boomer Eco Crusader

Carl Baker at a blokes eye view

Have a gorgeous Christmas and right here’s to a fantatsic 2022 – might we achieve success in all our endeavours. Love and Peace.

With love, all the time…


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