Tuesday, 23 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 20 - Calm

A beautiful, calm winters day in Brighton.


Monday, 22 December 2014

December reflections - Day 19 - Christmas concert

These two singing carols. 

Rag wreath

I don't like spending money on Christmas decorations......to me it feels like a bit of a waste of money. The combination of money being tight and my deciding to have a 'spring clean' in the run up to Christmas resulted in this rather raggy rag wreath. It was so easy to make and was such a good way of extending the life of my daughter's, too stained to pass on, clothes that I felt quite pleased with myself.

There are so many tutorials for this on the internet. I looked at a few and then just freestyled a bit.

I drew around three plates of different sizes, cut round the largest plate and then made a slit around the next to plate sizes leaving an attached part at the top and the bottom.

I cut strips of my daughter's old clothes and some scraps of fabric into 12 ish cm strips and then tied them around the cardboard circles. I then attached some Christmas baubles to the bottom of the wreath, tying them on using the rag stripes.

And hey presto here is my rag wreath. This took two short evenings to make and made a nice accompanying activity to television watching. 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 16 - Best book of 2014

This book has been on repeat in our house this last year.  My daughter loves it and it has whiled away many rainy hours. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 15 - Getting festive

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sunday, 14 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 13 - Ice

There was ice in the puddles today. This made someone a little bit cross.

December Reflections - Day 12 - Diagonals

Autumn is just about hanging on in there.


December Reflections - Day 11 - Christmas cards

My little F making Christmas cards for her nursery pals. 


Friday, 12 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 10 - Graffiti

Ahh.... the colourful suburbs of Brighton. 


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sloe Syrup.

Ever since I met my partner, we have foraged for sloes in the Autumn months.  We usually make sloe gin but i'm board of it and i'm sure everyone who we give it to is board of it.  Plus it get's expensive having to buy all that gin.  Sloe Syrup is much easier on the pocket..... you only really have to pay out for sugar and it makes a sweet Christmas gift.

There are still a few sloes lurking around if anyone fancies making sloe syrup or perhaps you have some left in the freezer.

You will need: 

1kg Sloes (washed)
800 g granulated sugar
Juice of a lemon.

How to make:

  • Sterilise some old bottles or jars. You can do this by washing them and the lids in soapy water, rinsing them and putting them on an oven tray on a very low heat for 30 minutes

  • Put the sloes in a saucepan with the lemon juice and 750ml water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for ten minutes.

  • Tip the sloes and the juice into a muslin lined sieve. Leave until the juices have stopped dripping through.....this can take some time.

  • Measure the juice into a large clean pan. For every 100ml juice add 100g of sugar. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil and boil for 4 minutes. Skim off any scum and immediately funnel into the prepared jars and bottles.

It's really good! We have been through four bottles and have given very little away. It's lovely on vanilla ice cream, great in porridge and can be used to make a warming winter drink. 


December Reflections - Day 9 - Christmas Colour

We have no Christmas decorations up yet......i'm feeling a bit non ambivalent about decorations at home.  We are in the middle of a few diy projects, as ever, and, as ever, making slow progress.  Our small lounge is slightly chaotic because of this and i'm wondering where the Christmas decorations would go.  I am, however, muchly enjoying other peoples Christmas decorations.  These decorations are from Popsicle in Lewes.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 8 - Sunset

This photo was taken on my way home from work.  December has been such a kind month so far. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 7 - Winter Sun

I have felt so cooped up recently.  I was so grateful to get to Eastbourne today and enjoy this winter sunshine.  

December Reflections - Day 6 - T is for Table Drawing

Drawing on the paper table cloth. 

Friday, 5 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 5 - Christmas tree

I'm free styling a bit today with my December Reflections.  This Christmas tree photo was taken last night when I left the house very briefly for late night shopping.  We have no decorations up in our house yet so it was nice to see a Christmas tree in town. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 4 - Red

Always a treat to see Red roses in December.  I found these beautiful flowers in Rottingdean. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

December Reflections - Day 3 - The best day of 2014

My best day of 2014 was, without a doubt, my daughters birthday.  It felt such a mile stone. I felt proud that we had all reached 1 year relatively unscathed and in one piece! No one was quite prepared for just how excitable my daughter was to see so many chickens!  Life got so much easier after a year; we all relaxed and found our groove.   

December Reflections - Day 2 - Lights

This photo was taken in a buddhist monastery, in Sikkim, India.


December Reflections - Day 1 - Drink

I'm starting December Reflections late, due to a poorly child.  I have decided to use photos from previous Decembers for the first couple of days due to a poorly child.  

Day 1 Drink

This photo was taken in India in December 2007.  I think it was actually taken by my friend on my camera. 
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