Saturday, 27 November 2010

Baby It's Cold Out There

I think the title says it all, it's absolutely freezing out there today, and to add to the title I am listening to the song while writing this ha ha, I'm a sucker for Christmas songs. 

We took a visit today to the Battlesbridge Antique and Craft Centre, it was cold, oh so cold, but oh so very pretty indeed.


It still wasn't too cold for the swans though.  Beautiful and so elegant.

How gorgeous do those fields look in a frosty blanket.

The centre was quiet, I think most people had decided to stay at home in the warm, they obviously had more sense than we did.  However it meant that it was nice and easy for us to have a mooch around all the buildings looking at the antiques and crafts, without loads of crowds to contend with. 


After walking around for a couple of hours I was feeling as though I had frozen down to the bone and so we went to warm ourselves back up in the local pub.

We were even blessed with some snow, albeit only for 10 minutes.

It was a lovely day, although I'm glad to be at home now all snuggled up in the warm, on the sofa with the laptop and X-Factor on the box.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take care
Gem xx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Festive Flower Arranging : Week Three

I'm over halfway through the course now, only one more workshop to go.  I was really pleased with this weeks arrangement, and unlike the previous weeks, we have given it a slight festive feel.










Christmas is fast approaching, only 30 more days to go until the big day.  I have so much planned in the run up to Christmas, at the moment I feel like I am getting nothing done.  I'm starting to feel a little un-organised, which isn't like me at all.  It is time for me to pull my finger out and get a move on ready for the festivities to begin. 

And of course I will be busy blogging, to keep you all in the loop with news of all my exciting outings and activities.

Until then have a lovely evening.

Take care

Gem xx

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Festive Flower Arranging : Week Two

What can I say other then the fact that I have not stopped since my last post.  This does not make for good blogging I know.  I trundled off to the New Forest for a wedding at the end of last week, I was amazed by the horses roaming the roads free as birds, I have never witnessed anything quite like it before.

After the wedding we visited the shopping outlet in Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays, as you can imagine I parted with a fair bit of money but made a good start on the Christmas shopping.

Last night was another hectic evening, albeit a good one.  I started off with my book club and was pleased to welcome a lovely new member to the group, it is always nice to see new faces.  Following from the meeting was week 2 of the flower arranging.

I think I preferred the first week but still learnt a lot last night.








I'm already looking forward to next week's challenge :)  It's nice to have something to look forward to on a Monday for a change. 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Take care

Gem xx

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Festive Flower Arranging : Week One

I started my festive flower arranging course last night, with my mum.  It is a 4 week course, a total of 8 hours held at Hylands House in Chelmsford.


It was a slow start but well worth it.  I really enjoyed it and learnt so much, which is always a good thing.  To top it off, I think this could well be something I am good at.  I'm so proud of the end result, especially for a first attempt.





As you can see it is quite a simple design but one that can be amended to any occasion or time of year.  We opted for a subtlee approach this week as we felt it is just a little too early to be getting too festive around the house, but that time will come, just wait :-) 

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Gem xx

Monday, 8 November 2010

Spirit Of Christmas

It seems like so long ago now that I visited the fair, but oh what a time I had.  As I'm sure you will work out for yourselves over the next couple of months I absolutely LOVE Christmas, and I cannot express my excitement to you that there are only 47 days until Christmas, yes only 47.  Sorry, back to the fair.

The smell as you entered was absolutely gorgeous, a mix of spices, and Cinnamon mmmmmm.  As soon as I stepped through the main doors my eyes lit up like those of a small child on Christmas morning when they see all their presents for the first time.  I didn't know where to look or where to go first, there just seemed to be so much there.  Rather than me explaining every detail to you I just thought I would leave you with some photos I took on the day, well those I managed to take in between my shopping :-)

Some Pretty Fairy Lights

A Selection Of Decorations











A Birdseye View Taken From The Restaurant



Afternoon Tea






So as you can see, a very festive day.

Night

Gem xx

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A Blustery Evening

Wasn't it a blustery evening last night.  I walked home from Chelmsford station and felt as if I was going to be blown away, the trees were swaying and all the leaves were blowing everywhere.  Part of me couldn't help but think that it felt a little bit like a scene from Winnie The Pooh.


Upon arriving home I was ready for the new series of Kirstie's Home Made Home on Channel 4.  I loved it.  I have her book on my Christmas list and have already made plenty of hints to my boyfriend so am hoping I won't be left disappointed.  For now it is the long wait for next Tuesday to see the next episode :-(.



More exciting going on's starting tomorrow.  I have 2 days holiday booked off from work, however will still be heading back into London tomorrow.  I'm off to the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Earls Court, Olympia for a girly day of shopping with my Mum.  Now all you have to do, is wait for my next post to hear all about what we get up to :-)


Take care

Gem xx

Monday, 1 November 2010

Halloween Celebrations

I have been busy over the past week with my build up to Halloween with lots of lovely activities to mark the occasion.
 
It all started off on Wednesday evening with a Jack the Ripper walk through London with some work colleagues.  It was a very interesting evening and I actually learnt quite a lot which is even better.

The start of our walk.

A lovely picture of the Tower of London.


The celebrations continued Friday evening when I held a Halloween Disco, with a friend, as a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support, it was a great night and helped to raise over £500 :-)


The costumes were absolutely amazing. 

Everyone made a real effort.

Saturday night was another fundraiser this time a quiz night themed around of course, you guessed it, Halloween.  We raised over £400, so within a weekend we have raised just over £1,000, AMAZING ;-)

Then Sunday was when all the fun really began, Halloween at last had arrived and I began decorating our front garden for the occasion, and carved just a few pumpkins.


My favourite Pumpkin

All the Pumpkins together.

The decorated garden.

We were in-undated with trick or treaters, we had so many in fact that I ran out of sweets, and had to crack open a tin of Quality Streets meant for Christmas.  O well, the trick or treaters couldn't go without :-).

Happy Halloween

Gem xx