Look what I’ve acquired for the next few days, just in time for Christmas. Putting the groceries away yesterday I tripped and fell, putting my hands out to break the fall, as you do. Nothing broken but it seems I've sprained my wrist. So now, for the first time, I’m sporting a wrist brace as it is quite painful. Doing something like this makes you realise how often you use two hands to do so many things. Hopefully in a few more days it will all come right.
Backing up a few days, we have enjoyed a couple of social outings. The first one was at Paraparumu, a mere 45km from home, but we left bright and early, allowing extra time for heavy pre-Christmas traffic and the never ending road works. And wouldn't you know, we were so early we decided to venture into the Mall to fill in some time. Malls are not our favourite place to be, but this one has a real attraction, Butlers Chocolate Café. What would be nicer while we wait than a cup of Hot Chocolate, served with a complimentary chocolate of our choice. Butlers Chocolates began life in Dublin's Lad Lane in 1932. The company was founded by a pioneering woman called Marion Butler who named her luxury chocolate creations Chez Nous Chocolates. Marion established the company in the heart of fashionable Georgian Dublin, making her delicious confections by hand. I’m not sure if there are Butlers Chocolate Cafes in other countries, if there is one by you I’m sure you know all about it.
Butlers Chocolate Café
Then on Sunday we drove up to Feilding to catch up with my daughter Nicky and her two girls, and exchange Christmas gifts. It was so nice to see them all again. I am a little worried about my daughter’s health, but she has full confidence in her specialist, so I’ll have to be satisfied with that.
After wrapping up the family Christmas gifts I put the empty cardboard roll on the floor. Gemma loved it – gathered it up in her front paws and gave it a good old kicking with her feet. Maybe she thought it was some kind of smooth hairless rat that she had to deal with!
She’s killing the cardboard roll
I received a lovely little unexpected gift in the mail, thanks so much Maria. Its a pretty little Christmas coaster.
Thank you Maria
How about a peek at a couple more Christmas goodies? Here’s a trio of Santas waiting for the big day. I stitched the two larger ones several years ago.
Of course, we all know that here in the Southern Hemisphere we celebrate Christmas over the Summer season. So why do I love this little village snow scene, I wonder? Probably because the early settlers came here from UK, and I, like many more a few generations on, have English, Scots and maybe a bit of Irish and Welsh blood in my veins. Perhaps one day I’ll get to experience a real white Christmas.
Pretty twinkling snow village