Saturday, 26 December 2015

I wasn't going to... again until after New Year 
but couldn't resist the pull, haha.
So that's my willpower down the drain
 before we even get to the resolutions bit, 
so I don't think I'll bother.

Four of my six grandchildren were at youngest 
daughter's home for Christmas dinner, 
along with parents and grandparents and one great grandparent,
 so it was quite a crowd. Later in the day 
another cousin arrived from up the street 
where he had been celebrating with his grandparents 
and all the kids had a good time together.
Youngest grand daughter is modelling the scarf/stole
she received from her aunty and uncle in Japan.
All the girls of all ages received one in different colours,
mine was in neutral colours with a rose pattern. Lovely.

It was a lovely day with just a bit of a breeze. 
We had been planning on a barbecue 
but the long term weather forecast was a bit iffy
 so we decided against it. 
We still had hot weather desserts though, 
because that's what we do in New Zealand.
I can't begin to imagine what to make 
for a cold weather dessert at Christmas.
I ate far too much of everything 
and will be taking myself out for a walk
 after tea tonight when it cools down a little.

Mackie, youngest daughter's old cat (about 12 or 13) guarding 
his Christmas chow from the kittens (about 4 months).

And of course the Boxing Day sales were all on today. 
We don't usually indulge because it is such a mad house, 
but guess what? We found ourselves at the Warehouse, 
quite accidentally of course, but didn't spend too much. 
We just bought stuff we needed - like the new cushions 
we had been planning on getting for the swing seat.
 Half price, a bargain ! Now we just have to get a coat 
of paint on that swing and she'll look as good as new.

And of course I really I needed wanted this blingy top. 
I have been looking at it for a couple of months
 and as it was also half price I thought it was
 too good an opportunity to let pass :)
We had actually only gone up to the local shops
 to buy vacuum cleaner bags but ended up in the city 
because our shops didn't have the ones I needed.  
That's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it. :) 

And just because I can here is a windmill I grabbed from the 
Good as Gold $2 shop because I liked the colours!
Sometimes you just have to let your inner child loose.

joining in with the party at:

Hoping your Christmas
was truly blessed
and that 2016 brings
all you hope for.


  1. Great photo of the grandchildren. The scarf is lovely. Your dessert table looks very tempting! Our Christmas was unusually warm with severe thunderstorms. I love the photo of sweet. Your half price sale items are great...the cushions are so pretty and I'm glad you got the top you had been admiring. Glad you posted and shared your Christmas with us. Have a good day.

  2. I am glad you posted Diana...I am trying to wait until Monday but it is hard for a blogger to not Love seeing your family and I have to say that the temps here are in the 70s! I am glad I left some summer clothes where I could get to them. El Nino is wreaking havoc with the weather. We had 5 inches of rain yesterday and wide spread flooding. So glad for a dry home. Love your purchases. I plan to stay home today and do some cleaning and laundry. Marvin and I plan a trip to Huntsville one day next week so I may do some shopping there. Love your blingy blue top!!

  3. Oh all that food looks delicious. I would have eaten too much too. : )
    Your new top is very pretty and at half price how could you NOT buy it. : )

  4. It's a day of catching up on the computer here since we've been on the road a lot this past week. Looks like you had a lovely Christmas, Diana.

  5. Lovely post today.

    cheers, parsnip

  6. Well we have been having warm weather here on the east coast of the states! It has been in the high 70's this past week . We will continue having the 70 degree weather until the weekend after New Year's Day. Amazing--we have had to run our air warm weather desserts would have been a splendid idea here!

  7. Diana, thank you for sharing your Christmas pictures with us. The grandchildren are darling and the desserts look so delicious. How could you choose just one?

  8. The desserts look yummy and I would love that blingy top. Hope you have a great new year!!!

  9. Your Christmas Day desserts look delicious! I used to enjoy shopping during Boxing Day, but can no longer stomach the crowds. HA! Looks like you scored some great deals!

  10. Dearest Diana; Wow, Great Christmas with lovely grandchildren and yummy desserts♡♡♡ I was really impressed with your summery Christmas; LOVE your new top (yes, especially half price♪)
    Thank you SO much for your kindness this year☆☆☆
    Wishing you and all of your family will have a wonderful and happy coming Year 2016, Dear friend♬♬♬

  11. Diana, it looks and sounds as if you had a very enjoyable Christmas! You have a lovely family and the food looked delicious! May you have a fabulous 2016!

  12. Hi Diana, A very nice post indeed. I am so with you on skipping the resolutions bit. :-) You have a fine looking family and I enjoyed reading about your Christmas dinner. As for a cold weather dessert ... our favorite is Baked Alaska, which is cold like the weather on the inside, but, if served correctly, flaming on the outside. Happy New Year to you and yours!


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