A quick December catch up!

This time of year is always so fun – places to go, people to see, things to do.  That being said, at times it can feel like one’s feet hardly touch the ground!  Since our return from Mogán (that holiday now feeling like a lifetime away) life has been a blur of fun, work, and Christmas prep.  It’s lovely, but I must admit I’m starting to look forward to a little later in the month, when everything just calms down a few notches and curling up with a book, a cup of coffee, and a mince pie is the most strenuous thing on the agenda!  I love this season of Christmas busy-ness and fun with friends, but the pull of hibernation is strong.

Here are a few snippets from my December so far:

Last weekend Matthew and I flew up to Forres to see my parents.  It’s always such fun to pop back to Scotland and we shared a fab weekend of food, fun, port and Uno.

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Penguin Platform Christmas party, and to hear from and meet with some spectacular authors!  I also departed with a gigantic pile of books to wade through….delightful.  I’m looking forward to reviewing these here on the blog soon.

The Junior League‘s Boutique de Noel was a huge success and a very fun evening.  I enjoyed catching upo with so many of my League lovelies, including the always gorgeous Eileen.  Eileen and I also headed out for a very fun birthday meal last week – we went to our favourite restaurant in her neighbourhood and set the world to rights over pie, duck, and wine.

The Christmas decorations are up!  Above is Delia, our new Christmas tree.  I’ll do a proper tour of the decs next week, I love having Christmassy loveliness throughout the house.

Avocado toast is my breakfast of choice this month – really keeps me going!

On Monday of last week I went to my first experience of Gospeloke with the lovely Erica, Charlie and Ashleigh.  Singing in front of a gospel choir was brilliant; as a quartet we rocked out ‘Uptown Funk’.  Later in the evening I was called up again to be part of ‘Lady Marmalade’, the version from Moulin Rouge.  Guess who had to be L’il Kim?  Too fun.

A little bit in love with our wreath, which is on our inner front door.  Smells soooooo Christmassy!

No visit to Forres is complete without a visit to Mackenzie and Cruickshanks garden centre.  Christmas stuff EVERYWHERE at this time of year, which has me as happy as a pig in poo.

I always love seeing the Christmas lights above Oxford Street.

As I posted about last week, I turned 35.  I had such a lovely day and was lucky to spend time with some favourite folk, and hear from many others.  I also got to have nachos for tea – score!  Such a fortunate lady.

I think the cats like their Christmas tree – the first time we’ve done one in ‘their’ room.  Slumbering cats are good for the soul.

On our travels north we traveled through St Pancras – how wonderful (and huge!) is this Disney tree?

This past weekend, Matthew headed to the north-east to see his family.  I went up to Leeds with my good friend Hannah (ROAD TRIP!) to visit the lovely Emily and Adam and their sweet doggies.  It was such fun to catch up with them and to see our other friends Matthew, Siobhán, Craig and Shelley.  We ate yummy food, played games, huggled with dogs, went to markets, and generally had a great time.  I also received a little birthday spoiling – including the awesome Taylor Swift colouring book that Emily got me…..

So that’s  my December so far….how is your month going?


  1. Sarah Rooftops
    15th December 2015 / 8:10 pm

    You're from Forres? Have we met?! Do we have friends in common?! Now wondering if that's how you found my blog.

    • Claire
      16th December 2015 / 9:53 am

      I don't think we have met – if I recall correctly I found you through Siobhán's blog 🙂 Are you from Forres?

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