This Week #13 | Busy!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Oh my goodness, what a week!

I always leave things to the last minute and end up rushing around like a crazy person with to-do lists coming out of my ears. I enjoy the chaos but have found it somewhat tiring this year. Still, it nearly all done.

This week has been quite sociable. It started with lunch at the Lavenham Swan with Andy, a belated anniversary meal, back the the scene of the crime. It was absolutely lovely. The smell of the place as we walk in the door takes us right back to our wedding day. I feel like this is our hotel, it's such a special place.

I had a G&T before eating, forgetting that I hadn't had time for breakfast. I was rather giggly by the time my food arrived - which didn't help productivity that afternoon. But it was a welcome distraction and so lovely to spend time with Andy, and the food was delicious, as always. Although, being a traditional sort of fellow, Andy really didn't know what to make of the beetroot ice cream that was served with his chocolate mousse :)

I nipped to Felixstowe with Mum to collect the pottery I'd painted from Crafty Coffee. Again I hadn't had time for breakfast and was hoping for a cheese scone (they are so good) but they didn't have any, so we walked to the other end of the high street to our favourite wool shop / cafe, The Wool Baa, and had one there. It's worth a visit if you're ever in Felixstowe, The Wool Baa is lovely, especially if you're a fan of wool. If you're there on Monday evening or Thursday morning they have 'Knit and Natter' so you can take your knitting and get sociable.

I enjoyed lunch with some of my best friends at The Cookhouse Restaurant at The Suffolk Food Hall. I ate too much (fish and chips and a chocolate and salted caramel sundae), and was then served fish and chips by my Dad for supper. I was so full I had trouble driving home!

I had a haircut - just a trim, coffee with my sister in law, wrapped some presents, gave up on the idea of writing Christmas cards, braved some last minute shopping (but I've realised I need to do a little more), put marizpan on the cake (and some in my stomach), started to clean the house ready for guests on Christmas Eve, attacked the laundry so I don't have to do any next week, and I managed some work in between all of this.

Yesterday Andy came home with a second Christmas tree so that needs decorating, I need to ice the cake, make a Malteser Cheesecake, finish a website design, finish the housework, find the big table cloth, stop Andy from eating all the snacks purchased for our guests, and remember where I put the gin.

And tomorrow we're celebrating our youngest nephew's birthday with go karting and pizza.

I do enjoy Christmas, but I'm looking forward to Boxing Day when I can put my feet up. In the days that follow we'll do as we please, we'll make it up as we go along, which sounds pretty perfect to me.

I hope you all have a lovely, lovely Christmas, however you choose to celebrate.


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  1. You have been busy!! No wonder you're looking forward to putting your feet up and doing nothing on Boxing Day.
    I like the sound of the Wool Baa and can just imagine the smell of The Swan - beeswax and wood smoke, maybe?
    Wishing you, Andy and the cats a wonderful Xmas. xxx

    1. You've got the smell just right, this time it was mixed with a hint of spruce!
      Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too xx

  2. You've had a busy week indeed, but quite enjoyable too! I was wondering if that photo of The Swan was actually taken this week? If yes, I am quite envious of that blue sky. Have seen nothing but grey skies and fog this week ... Wishing you and Andy a wonderful Christmas, Hazel! xxx

    1. It has been enjoyable. The photo was taken on the day, we've had some miserable grey days but the sun does keep making an appearance.
      Merry Christmas to you too! xx

  3. Sounds like you've had a great week, and you definitely deserve the upcoming break.

    1. It's been lovely to put my feet up and relax :)

  4. I agree that Christmas Day can actually be more stressful than any other day. Hope you have a lovely break!

    1. I really enjoy the build up to Christmas - although I do try to keep it stress free. I like Christmas Day better if I don't have to cook ;)

  5. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year, like you I have been rushing about a bit too much but I have been lucky enough to find some fabulous charity shop bargains and have finally settle down to a gin and tonic and a relaxing evening. Betty x

    1. A G&T and a relaxing evening sounds perfect. I like the sound of those charity shop bargains too!


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