Monday, December 17, 2007

Tree drama, bouncing grandmother, all painted out and a dead king…

It seems that Christmas is really coming – all of a sudden, as it seems to these days. Not much time to blog, so here’s a short explanation of the title!

Tree drama. We had our annual row and bickering match while dragging the old buggy up to the garden centre for a tree and found the centre had no trees left! A phone call to B&Q found they had sold out too. Dani phoned the lovely, local delivery people and they had one little, storm damaged tree left. We have given it a home in our living room. It looks fine now it has lights and decs on.





Bouncing grandmother. My mum’s partner got knocked down by a car, while in search of nice whiskey to give my mum for Christmas! According to an observer she did a somersault and landed on her back. She is battered and bruised but otherwise uninjured. We are very relieved it wasn’t worse.

Living room painted. Dani and I worked like loons over the weekend to get the walls in the living room done. They are a warm gingery/orange/terracotta and it is super cosy in our basement now.




We are skint and doing the cash flow juggle over Christmas – but I guess that is inevitable if you go in for work as extensive as that we’ve had done. Pressies are on the credit card but we don’t do debt, so we have to make sure we’ve got enough to pay it all off at the end of the month. I get paid tomorrow, which is good.

Dead king. I took the kids to London to see the Tutankhamun exhibition today.




A local home edder had got us group rates, which made it affordable. It was at the O2 arena thingy, where I’d never been before. I allowed way too much time to find it (it is quite large and unmissable!) and it was cold, even inside the dome, so we were pretty desperate to get in to the warm once our time slot came round. We all enjoyed it. The kids took extensive notes (all day, actually – including details from the train) and made sketches. The journey home in the rush hour was less enjoyable but we got home to some food (thanks, Dani x) and now the kids are tucked up in warm beds.

Dani has gone to her knitting group – and I need to go and give the great bowl of mincemeat a stir…


Oh, and here's the kids on the meridian.



7 comments:

Liza said...

Sorry to hear about the bruised Granny. Hope she makes a full and quick recovery. xx

Claire said...

Yikes to the Granny! Hope she gets better soon. I'm taking Charlie to see the King Tut thingy for his birthday next month and we're staying in London for 3 nights to do some stuff we haven't before. Very excited about the King Tut thing as Charlie is dying to see it and has no idea yet.

Lisa G said...

You've been busy! Hope Granny recovers soon, I was hit by a car once, very traumatic.
We're hoping to see the King Tut thing in the new year, may wait until spring first so it's a bit warmer and go and see the Terracotta Warriors first!

Jenny said...

Poor Granny!
Just a huge bit jealous at you seening the Tutenkhamun exhibition!Were hoping to visit soon

Gill said...

Gorgeous wall colour! Looks fabulous :-)

Sorry to hear about your mum's partner's accident. Hope she recovers very soon.

Gill said...

PS: love the tree too!

Beth said...

Goodness, I hope your mum's partner is recovering well.

I saw King Tut in Chicago when I was nine. Yikes. That was a fair while ago ...

I love that last photo!