Monday, 17 December 2012

sweet cement

So, it's Sunday afternoon, you've iced the Christmas cake and there's still a substantial quantity of royal icing sitting in a bowl and threatening to turn to concrete. Can't waste it! So...

there's only one thing to do. Make a gingerbread house! Royal icing being the perfect glue for all those lovely goodies.

Or, maybe two?! One to keep and one to give away. I love it when spontaneous ideas are successful, both in terms of the process and the final result. Especially when I can do the bits I like - walking to the village shop to choose sweets and baking the gingerbread shapes - and then shut Mr B and the kids in the kitchen for an hour or so's decoration and construction while I polish off a quick crossword or two... ah, bliss!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Recent things

Brownie Promise
Frost for days

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Praise or censure?

The Mancub had a bit of time out in his room on Saturday, after hassling his big sister too much. He used the time to create a sentence with his magnetic letters which we later discovered...

I hat Kity lufrom Mancub

Monday, 3 December 2012

The York Wheel

... is only around for another monrh or so, so it was time to try it out yesterday.

 wonderful and plenty of time to enjoy it on our 4 revolutions. Then time for hot chocolate.

Saturday, 1 December 2012


It started with this..


and then all of these..


Can one have too many advent calendars? I don't think so.

Then it was a lovely sunny but freezing day, perfect for a country walk, with most of the churned up mud frozen beneath our boots and considerably safer than the black ice on the pavements.

And while we were out it made sense to collect some foliage for a Christmas wreath or two.


 And while Kitty an Mr B were creating wreaths to the background of Kings College Cambridge singing carols..


.... the Mancub and I felt compelled to go and buy a Christmas tree. And there's no point having a tree and not decorating it....

 ..adding some touches to remind one of Christmases past.

And while you're at it you might as well get started on creating mince pies and gingerbread (no photos but very yummy!)

Ahh, I love Christmas.