Friday, 28 December 2012

Gingerbread house

The gingerbread house made by my eldest grandson for the rest of the kids, for Christmas day.
As you can see, a lot of work involved.
The kids, young and old, loved it.
We still have to make a date, in the not too
distant future, to demolish and eat it.

Hoping you've all enjoyed your Christmas as much as we have.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Pohutukawa aka the New Zealand Christmas tree

The presents are bought and wrapped.
The first pavlova is in the oven - one to go.
All that is left for me to do is get out my good cutlery to take
to youngest daughter on Christmas day.
Plus the serving dishes.
Oh, and make a salad, I'd better not forget.
Eldest grandson is here on holiday and is making
 a gingerbread house. The little boys will love that.
Then we're good to go.

Pohutukawa flower

I want to share a poem with you,
 written by Dawn McLean
Son of Joe 
Once in a manger long ago,
There was a man and his name was Joe.
His wife was with him there that night,
Mary her name, a pure delight.
She bore for him a child so famed
That everyone still recalls his name.
Jesus was the name they said
As they lay him down in his manger bed.
And the kings they came to see that night
And the shepherds too, by the star so bright.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
The angels sang,
For hope is born again for man.
So when you're feeling sad and low,
Remember Mary and the man called Joe.
But remember most of all this day,
The child that in the manger lay.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas cheer




Wishing you all the blessings of the season,
Merry Christmas folks.


Monday, 10 December 2012

An olden Christmas

At last, Christmas morning
         At last it had come, Christmas morning. The Christmas cards had been displayed on the mantle piece for weeks, school was over and yesterday, Christmas Eve, the Christmas tree had arrived and been planted in its bucket of broken bricks inside the front door.
We had all gone away to bed far too early to sleep but in great anticipation of hearing reindeer on the roof and of what the morning would bring.
And here it was - daybreak!
Just light enough to see that the empty pillowcase left on the end of the bed was now bulging with goodies.
Toys, books and lollies, a bag of seasonal fruit and a striped peppermint stick.
We had been good enough for Santy to come, not that we kids ever doubted it.
What a happy racket, now everybody in the house was up to share in the excitement. Out we rushed to see the tree - no longer drab in an old bucket, but decorated with tinsel and baubles, shiny glass balls and pretty lights, topped with a shining star and standing in a red wrapped container. Hidden amongst its branches were more presents to be opened later.
Out to the kitchen for breakfast, oh what a glorious sight. The walls were hung with green garlands and balloons and crepe paper streamers criss crossed the ceiling. Chinese lanterns hung down along with paper balls and bells. Santys elves had been extra busy while we slept unawares.
A wonderful morning finished off with our traditional roast Christmas dinner and plum duff filled with sixpenny pieces. And a small bottle of fizzy each.
Wishing you all the blessings of this Advent season.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Youth group have decorated the church Christmas tree.
Sunday school have been preparing for their Christmas breakup.


Oops, a slight accident with Joseph :(
I've wrapped some Christmas presents.


Helped with a Christmas gift stall. 
And written out my Christmas cards. 

Yes it's definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
Have a good week, folks.