Thursday, 31 December 2015

Bonne Année!

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2016 and hoping that all your wishes will come true.

Toodlepip with many hugs,
Liz xxx

Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas was Beautiful!

Oh dear, very, very long post, but this is like my diary, so needs to be done, lol.

I count myself really incredibly lucky that we have a wonderful family, who can come together at Christmas time without any hiccups, without any nastiness, without the stress and problems so many families seem to encounter at this time of the year. We take things easy, and just have oodles and oodles of fun and laughter together. But before we get to Christmas proper, I wanted to post some photos of Christmassy gifts received from bloggy friends. I think pics are in the order I received them.

First, our dear dear Dorthe sent me these beautiful gifts -

You might see these and others again later in the Christmas photos :-).

Then, a little package arrived from Karen B, and I was thrilled to receive one of her beautiful Christmas Tree ornaments -

My lovely friend Alexandra sent me this beautifully made Christmas card -

This arrived from darling Julia, it goes so perfectly with our Christmas decorations -

Sweet Marie sent this beautiful Madonna card, typical Marie touches with the glittered crown and the lace trim -

And dearest Suzy surprised me with this beautiful wall hanging and card -

I wish I could give you all a real thank-you hug, I would love that.

What with the auctions on my blog, Gizmo's adoption and taking part in the various auctions on the charities' sites, it was last minute decorating for Christmas this year, and as always, my youngest son Nicholas upheld tradition and dit it together with me.

I love having cards and gifts from my blogger friends as part of our decorations, you'll probably spot some from previous years as well. I am not posting all of the very silly pictures, I would probably get shot if I did, lol, its just a (fairly safe) selection. So here goes, Christmas 2015 -

And then the family arrived, first my daughter in law with Grace and Emily ( Stefan had to work, but joined us later ) with little Gizmo -

Grace with Uncle Nicholas -

Oldest son Chris -

All three sisters together, Paige, Grace and Emily -

Stefan, proud dad of the girls -

Popeye with Gizmo -

Nanny and Stefan -

and my darling husband -

Then the fun started, lol, with opening the stockings and all the silly presents, funny hats, moustaches etc - 

I don't know how Gizmo managed to sleep through all the noise

So many more pics, but I am too tired to add more, lol.

Are you looking forward to 2016? New adventures, new challenges?

Toodlepip xxx