My tree is up

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I caved …I put the tree up and I was really nervous at the prospect because of Archie our Chiuaua puppy, he had a sniff and a lick of a branch but he has so far left it alone. I forgot I needed new lights as last year we only had 2 small sets of lights on it from elsewhere as my large set of lights broke but I didn’t remember until I had already decorated the tree so they are staying.  I am pleased it looks nice. 

I hope you decorating is going OK.

X Dawn

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A bit early this year 

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I saw a retro style notice board in Homebargains and had to get it as it was only £5.99 , it comes with loads of letters and numbers and I love it, and I got a cute Christmas cup to add to my collection and as soon as I got home I had to set up my hot drinks station which is basically mugs,syrups, candy canes,marshmallows and sprinkles,the kids love it . I do it differently every year.  Here is it what do you think ? 

I am pleased with it, I don’t usually put any Christmas decor out until the 1st of December but I couldn’t resist. I won’t be putting anything  else out yet. I am actually dreading putting up my tree this year as I know Archie my Chihuahua puppy is going to have a field day with it. I am going to have a trial run with just the tree no ornament and if he is OK with that it is staying if not,and I will be so upset if he isn’t, we will have to get a small table top tree and put it on the sideboard.  

When do you start to decorate? 

X Dawn

He’s six months old ! 

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My little Archie is six months old already! He is so good he learned to go outside instead of using his puppy training pads so easily and we have has no accidents, this boy is so clever.  He loves his toy Monkey and donkey and ball the best.  He loves cuddling with me and play fighting with John and gets so excited when he hears his car pull up after work.  He loves walks but thinks everyone wants a cuddle. He adores kids and loves it when they come to play.He isn’t a Barker and loves other dogs.  He isn’t too bad in the car but was sick on a longer journey recently.  He can’t climb the stairs which I don’t encourage and loves a lie in. I am up early but he stays in bed snuggles under his blanket.  He is so good. He is a joy nd we defiantly made the right decision to bring him home . 
Here he is with his litter donkey friend. 

Isn’t he the cutest? He isn’t keen on the cold mo tongs and is reluctant to go out, I don’t blame him it had been really chilly here. He was really good on bonfire night and as long as we stayed with him he didn’t mind the fireworks.

X Dawn 

Nearly October can I mention the C word yet ? 

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Christmas ……there I said it ! 

I love Autumn, as much as I love the Summer there is is nothing nicer than snuggling up in your PJ’s under a cosy throw with candles lit ,fire on with it’s comforting glow. Autumn dramas on TV , walking the dog wrapped up on my warm coat and thoughts of Christmas in my head. I am a planner and a list addict and I already have my list for Christmas gifts done. Planning the decor and events to attend get me excited and sometimes the day itself doesn’t give me as much pleasure as the run up to it , does anyone else feel like that ? Its because we have no children in the house on Christmas morning now and it isn’t the same. I love church and carols and Christmas markets and making yummy treats for the Grandchildren and like to be organised .This year as we have a little puppy I am thinking of getting a table top tree as he is small and I can see him now getting under the tree and chewing wires or ornaments. I have to have a look around, the stores already have lots of Christmas goodies in and today its Christmas on QVC. Are you excited about Christmas? Even though I do everything myself and wouldn’t have it any other way. 

X Dawn 

Bank Holiday weekend 

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This week has gone so fast and this weekend is a bank holiday.  We are going to be taking my  Grandaughter Emily to buy her school blazer and a few other bits and pieces, she is eleven going on twenty one I can tell you and she goes from our sweet little Emily to a little she devil faster than I can blink. She has her own ideas and boy does she let you know , saying that she always gives me a hug and a kiss a day tells me she has missed me when I haven’t seen her for a little while.  She does make up tutorials for her friends on Instagram and shopping hauls! She is eleven ! She is like me she loves to read and has quite a collection of books. We are planning to get the shopping part of Saturday done as quickly as we can so I can pick up my puppy and go for lunch somewhere weather permitting , if it rains we can get a takeaway lunch and bring it home . I don’t like leaving Archie my puppy for too long. 

My Son rang me from Spain today he and his partner have gone away for a few days just them no kids which is nice and he said it is really warm out there, I just hope the bank holiday weekend stays dry at least. 

John is off work next week and we are planning a few days out somewhere with Archie in tow of course and as long as we can get a few nice days out I wil be happy.  We have lots of projects going on in the house and we have to get them sorted? John is useless at DIY and it takes twice maybe three times as long to get a job done. We are also car hunting when we get chance as we need a new (to us now brand new) car, we have thrown so much money into our Volvo and it’s so old now we have to get rid of it. The joys of walking round car pitches does not excite me one bit and I don’t really care what we get as long as it gets me from A to B . I don’t drive so I have no interest in the specifics just buy a bloody car, how many cars do you have to look at before it drives you mad and they all look pretty much the same to me ! Can you tell I don’t and one iota of interest. That’s not me being horrid I genuinely have zero opinion when it comes to cars . I know the cars John doesn’t like as I do pay attention when I say “I like the look of that silver one ” and he says ” I wouldn’t be seen dead driving one of those ” wish me luck.

So what are you up to this weekend ? Whatever it is have a great time. 

X Dawn  

Is it really nearly  the end of August?

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Summer is nearly over here in the UK and I have to question , where has the time gone ? We have had some rare days of sunshine and a lot of rain and like today quute a few cloudy days. The British weather is so unpredictable, take this weekend for instance we went to a bootsale to buy some succulents and we took Archie with us.  I had a cardigan on but in the boot of the car I had a rain coat and umbrella as the weather looked slightly dodgy.  The sun came out and it was really warm as we were walking around and we managed to sit outside at the pub with the puppy for lunch and it was so Sunny. We got home and the heaven’s opened. We have not been away this Summer, John couldn’t get time off but he has some time off in September so we are hoping to have a few days away.  The shops are full of school supplies and I remember as a girl getting excited to go and buy new pens and pencils to take to my new class. There are sales in the shops now of the Summer stock and the Autumn and Winter seasons clothes and home wares are out.  Someone posted that they have Christmas cards in their local card shop.

I feel like Summer has passed us by so fast, as has the year, it seems like only yesterday I was packing away the Christmas tree!  I wonder how any Mum’s can’t wait for their kids to go back to school , I feel for parents during the Summer holidays when the weather is so horrible as the kids can’t let off steam outside. 

I had Archie this year so we knew we wouldn’t be going abroad and we have no plans to for the next few years.  I have missed stepping out of the plane and feeling the heat hit you in the face ! 

Hopefully we will have a few more days of sunshine before Autumn. 

So I am trying to squeeze a little more Summer out of August if possible.  Please can we have some sunshine ! I am not ready to get the  throws out or turn the heating on and cook comfort food , I want a picnic, ice cold drinks and a walk by the river ….

X Dawn 

A little montage 

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My little Archie looked so cute in his little Police K9 Unit top so I had to share with you. Also my cheese on toast I had for lunch one of the days last week with HP sauce of course, my cinnamon french toast with strawberries I had for breakfast it’s a comfort food for me. I love potatoes and I have done a whole blog post on this(in the food section of this blog) but these crushed roasted new potaoted with garlic and thyme are so tasty I try to make them once a week. This morning I had no get up and go so I drank coffee and watched a vintage episode of the Only Way is Essex. My friends Daughter got married last week and the cake was beautiful I thought I would share the pic.  Archie likes to sleep on my and he crawls as high as he can get mostly under my chin and gets comfy. Hope you like my pics . 

X Dawn