Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas Snack Plate {Flashback Friday}

To my husband, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without:

A snack plate!!
The above photo is from Christmas 2010 - the first Christmas day I spent with my inlaws. One of Matts family traditions is a 'snack plate'... this entails a selection of favourite savouries such as mini cheddars, chip sticks, peanuts and bacon frazzles. This plate is usually presented after Christmas dinner and is nibbled on for the remainder of the afternoon/evening.
I had honestly never seen anything quite like it before!! I'm sure it will become part of our Christmas traditions too... (in fact, only last evening M showed me his secret stash of frazzles & chip sticks!)  


Friday, 14 December 2012

Friends? {Flashback Friday}

Todays post is possibly controversial... some of my readers will be thinking "why is she wasting time writing about her.."

In the early hours of this morning I woke up sobbing from my dream. I was deep in dreamland reminiscing from my university days. A lot of these years were spent with a girl whom I thought of as a very close friend: we lived together, we spent many nights out together, we holidayed together, we did the food shopping together, we watched hollyoaks EVERY night together, basically we pretty much lived in each others pockets for 4 solid years. The day we left our student house to return home we stood on the doorway in each others arms sobbing our hearts out.

From then we kept in close contact via email or phone and tried to see each other as often as we could - at least once every 6 weeks.

It was no question that she was to be a bridesmaid at our wedding - until, about 13 months ago she dropped a bomb shell on me. Our friendship was "hardwork", she no longer "needed to be friends with me", "we were friends at university as she didn't click with anyone else" etc etc...

Needless to say, she wasn't present at our wedding.

The past 13 months have flown by in a whirlwind of events. This doesn't mean I found it really hard to begin with. I struggled to see how I would get through my wedding day without my 'best friend' beside me; I didnt want to continue looking at bridesmaid dresses or planning the hen do without her there. Thank goodness I learnt who my real friends were and was very lucky to be supported by them all.

Christmas 2006

Summer 2008

V Festival 2008

Holiday in Greece 2009

July 2011

Life moves on - in the period that we haven't spoken, I have bought a house & got married. Two of the biggest moments of my life so far. It's just sad that someone who I thought would be there through 'thick and thin' isn't/wasn't.

I'll never understand how a 7 year friendship can just be thrown away like that.

I guess our dreams all have meanings of some descriptions, whatever their rhyme or reasons.


Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas Meme

I have been tagged in a Christmas Meme by Lauren and as I love all things Christmas, how could I resist?!
The meme was first thought up by Makeup Pixi3
Q1. What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Everything from 1st December! I love rummaging through the decorations that have been packed away for almost 11months and rediscovering all of the treasures I had forgotten about; putting the decorations up whilst listening to Christmas music; burning the Christmassy candle that gives off a looooovely smell; making & cooking sausage rolls and mince pies; seeing all of the lit up houses on my drive home from work... all of it! What's not to like?!

Q2. What's your favourite make up look for the festive season?
I'm pretty rubbish when it comes down to makeup and just stick with the same look most of the time.. I like to add in a bit of sparkle over Christmas though. I also normally paint my nails in a festive colour such as red or gold!

Q3. Real or fake tree?

This year we have both! As we moved from a top floor flat to our house, we have a 'skinny' real tree that my Mum lent to us when we were in the flat and we haven't yet got round to replacing in our lounge, and this year we have a real tree in a pot outside the front of our house with white twinkly lights in. We might be brave and have a real one indoors next year (shh... dont tell Matt!) having an issue with OCD though, I'd be constantly hoovering up the needles! We have a real one at work which I decorate also.

Q4. Giving presents or receiving them?
How can anyone answer this other than with 'both' ?! I love to really think about what people would appreciate and to see their faces when they open their presents, but it's also always lovely to have presents too. I appreciate the simplest of things too - things that I would like/need but don't like spending money on myself.

Q5. Do you open your presents Christmas morning or evening?

As a family we have always opened our main presents in the morning but would quite often have little 'surprise' presents throughout the day too. I could never wait until the evening to open them all - especially as a child, you'd never want to go to bed, you'd want to play with all your new presents!

Q6. Handmade Christmas cards or bought?

Bought sadly! I'd love to be able to say I had the time or the patience to make them though! We had our wedding invites handmade by a family friend and they were beautiful. Maybe one year!

Q7. What's your favourite Christmas film?

Hmmm... Home Alone is one of the favourites & always signifies the start of the festive period. I am yet to see 'It's a wonderful life' - that is one of the things I wanted to do this year. My favourite is probably Buddy.

Q8. What's your favourite Christmas food?
This is the hardest question of them all! I do love the dinner but then it's not *that* much different to a Sunday roast. The leftovers are always amazing! Nibbling on cold stuffing with cranberry sauce, crackers, and cheeeeeeeeeeese, freshly cooked gammon ham!! mmmm! Making me hungry thinking about it all!

I tag April and Milly

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


This past week my Dad has been scanning old photos and emailing them to the family - I think he found an old box of photos as he was getting the Christmas decorations down from the loft!!

Having never really shown a great interest in our family tree, and not having the chance to meet many of my Dads family (sadly they had passed away before I was born), I was in awe of these photographs of my paternal grandparents as teenagers and on their honeymoon, of my father and paternal Aunts & Uncle as children growing up, and even more so of my great grandparents & great great grandparents!

It was remarkable to see the family genes through the generations too.

This is a photo of my great-great-grandparents from 1903:


I think it's incredibly fascinating to see the clothes they wore, the cars they drove and the houses they lived in. Look at my great-great-grandmothers skinny waist!!

This photograph was taken the year my great-nanny was born. She passed away in 2001 at an incredible age!

Will definately be asking my Dad to document everything he knows so that I can pass down to my children in years to come.

Friday, 7 December 2012

6 months {Flashback Friday}

It's hard to believe that this Sunday will be our 6 month anniversary of our Wedding Day! Those past 6 months have flashed past in a whirlwind.

This time a year ago I was beginning to panic about all the things that needed doing in the lead up to the big day and worrying that 6 months wasn't enough time to do it all!

Happy 6 month anniversary Mr W,
all my love, Mrs W xxx