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December 9th -Ugly Jumpers

I am a bit fussy about clothes – I have a minimalist capsule wardrobe to prove it- and, as such, am not a fan of the whole ‘Ugly Christmas Jumper’ craze.  Why invest in a piece of clothes you can only wear for one month?  At least gloves and hats are useful and can be worn all winter …and spring in England…and much of summer to be honest!

While Hannah has a comprehensive Christmas couture Collection – one of the many benefits of volunteering in a charity shop – my seasonal sartorial selection is very limited.  But if I ever find the Navy/Grey/Pink , slightly Nordic, jumper I have in my head, I will buy it.  Until then we have today’s advent present: Gingerbread Ugly Jumpers.

9th Dec

 We are not Bakers

Last year we attempted building a gingerbread house.  It was an unmitigated disaster.  In the end we declared it an art piece that represented modern society, in that it was broken; it had fallen down, and the once white icing looked yellow and as if someone had peed against the crumbling walls of the sorry looking biscuit based hovel.  We actually own special cookie cutters that would enable us to bake and build our own house, which we laughingly decided against.  Aldi sells a pre-made house, complete with the icing to decorate it, but even that seemed beyond our skill set, so to compromise, we used this box.

Christmas Biscuit Decorating
Ignore the ‘dead inside’ eyes – he is actually very happy to be making biscuits… well, he is happy to be eating biscuits…


I am not being uncharitable when I state that icing is probably not my family’s medium.  Ethan chose to use ALL of the sugar stars, while Toby went for a more minimalist look  AKA ‘couldn’t really be bothered and just wanted to eat it’



I am now waiting for Hannah to return from work to redeem the family’s artistic honour… I will hopefully have an improvement on the above to add to this post later this evening.

edit: Han came home and made her biscuit, as her jumper picture was WHOLLY unsuitable for the internet, I made her add a few sprinkles.  Suffice to say, my  assertion that we are indeed NOT bakers has been wholeheartedly confirmed.

Are you a seasonal baker? What are your best makes? Should ugly Christmas jumpers be thrown in a fire and burned to keep us warm this season? Let me know in the comments!

Posted in Blogmas, Christmas, Regarding polly, Seasonal, Tag

December 5th – A Christmas Tag

December 5th

As if my magic I have been tagged to create a Christmas themed post – very convenient for Blogmas! I was tagged by Louise over at Mindful Millie who asked the following seasonal style questions*

Whats your favourite thing about Christmas?


Food and time off work.

Food, time off work and an excuse to wear party dresses!

What movies do you like to watch at this time of year?

My favourite are the various versions of A Christmas Carol – with the Muppet one being the best, followed by Scrooged with Bill Murray and then the musical – Scrooge – with Albert Finney

I defy you to not feel Christmassy after watching this!

I have been recommended a film called ‘Bernard and the Genie’ which stars Lenny Henry, and is all but impossible to find.  Maybe I need to petition the BBC.
I will, however, most definitely, not being watching Elf, because it just annoys the pants off me!

Do you have a favourite Christmas song?

Do I ever! There is a whole 5 of them here – on my #TuesdayTunes link – and I will be adding 5 more tunes every Tuesday until Christmas.
Although, it is no secret that ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ by Paul McCartney is the greatest Christmas song of all time.

Do you have a Christmas tradition?

We have the ‘Advent Tree‘, who is currently lounging in the kitchen while I make some room in the actual lounge…

We have our Christmas Eve Tradition of new PJ’s and a Hot Chocolate Station – which I will be blogging about later in the month.

And the grand tradition of planning NEXT Christmas by buying currently too big clothes for the boys for next year…

Do you have a Christmas outfit?

Not generally, but I currently have a lovely blue dress which had an outing at a Christmas do last weekend, and will be worn on Friday for a Works party…I must get some more photos and may update this post as I get some.


*It also called for a new header, and while I was going for enigmatic, I feel it looks more ET!


So how about you? I am supposed to tag people, but I am so slow to do these Tags that everyone has probably already done this or shared their answers online somewhere else.  If you feel like answering them though, let me know in the comments!

Would really like to know more about everyone, so let m know your answers.


Posted in Japan, Lifestyle, Seasonal, Tag

An Autumn Tag

It would appear I have been tagged! By Autumn of all things!

autumn Tag

Okay not technically by Autumn, but by Graham from over on ‘Voice of a Ginge’ but I have been tagged none-the-less and that means, confession time.

“Yo Readers, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Spring is one of the best seasons of all time…one of the best seasons of all time!”

Despite the fact that all the memes tell me otherwise, Autumn is not my favourite season – but it is a close second with Summer, with Winter coming in dead last, because being cold sucks.

I will, however, answer the questions – it would be rude not to…

What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

Well this year it would be Twitter; I was buried by a deluge of gifs and leaf filled flat-lays advising me it was time to wear fluffy socks and dig out the jumpers.

Apparently, for Autumn, these are a 'must' - ard.

Despite being the tail end of October, it is still pretty warm here in Bristol – went out without a coat yesterday, and was still a bit toasty in just my jumper – so it doesn’t really feel autumnal, but the leaves are falling, the kids are hounding me about Halloween costumes and every one is wearing mustard, so it must be Autumn.

What is your favourite Autumn scent?

At the risk of sounding a bit like someone who should be kept an eye on… I love bonfires; I love the crackling noise and the smokey smell.


There is something special about wrapping up and seating round a fire outdoors. Reminds me of all the great camping trips I have been on as a Guide leader and as a student.
We have one of those incinerators, that looks like a bin, and my daughter and I enjoy chucking the weeks cardboard and burnable waste in it, probably enjoy a little too much to be honest…

Are you a fan of a PSL (pumpkin spice latte)?

Dear God no! I am a coffee fan, and I have experimented with some interesting flavours – Cherry Blossom latte in Japan was an interesting one.

But once was enough with the PSL thing for me; will be sticking to my standard order this season.

Apple pie or Pumpkin pie?

Is this tag designed to make me look like a right miserable bugger!

I can’t eat cooked apple following a traumatic forced feeding by a dinner lady in Infant school. I told her I didn’t like it, she told me to stop being stupid, I told her I would be sick if she made me eat it, she made me eat it anyway, I puked all over her. Wonder if she has a problem with apple now?… Needless to say, I do.

Pumpkin pie is just wrong, it is a gourd, like a squash, but it is used for sweet pies; I am not eating such a confused foodstuff – same goes for tomatoes with their ‘I am a fruit, but I go in salads and pasta dishes’ nonsense. Sort yourselves out!

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to in the next few months?

I don’t really sit down and watch telly unless someone makes me. I have too much to do, and just sitting for a few hours stresses me out as I just stew over all the things I haven’t done yet.

Not even sure what is on at the moment, but I am catching up with Brooklyn 99 and re-watching Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood on Netflix. However, if anyone knows of a K-Drama as good as ‘Black’ was, I am all ears. And also all eyes if this guy is in it…


What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

I have realised mustard is not for me. I had a shift dress in a gold type mustard once, but I looked like I was a wannabe Star-ship Commander. Getting out my woolly socks has been fun though, so I am going to have to go with ‘seasonal leg-warming wear’

What is your favourite comfort food to enjoy in the colder months?

It’s going to have to be stews; stews full of seasonal veg and dumplings. It doesn’t feel right to eat them before the weather turns a bit frosty though.

What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Scuffing, obviously, but that only lasts as long as it is dry. Walks are also nice, but my favourite thing is probably having an excuse to seat in and read stuff instead of being outside in the cold.

Are you a fan of horror movies?

I used to be, but now I am older I am finding my tolerance for gore and jump scares is pretty much zero. While I like a good psychological drama, or murder mystery, I cannot watch people being injured or hurting themselves – so YouTube fails are also out!

Do you ever do anything fun for Halloween?

The kids love it, so we get the house done up and get the sweets ready for the trick or treat squad to arrive, but it was never a big thing at our house growing up.

What was your favourite part about Halloween as a child?

As old people, I actually didn’t do Halloween as a child as it wasn’t really a thing. I can vaguely remember a party I held when I was about 13, and I dressed as a cat,possibly because I was able to fit into leotards in those days.

Are you a bigger fan of Bonfire night or Halloween?

In terms of nostalgia I certainly remember more firework displays and garden bonfires than I do Halloween’s. There is something more wholesome and British about using your Dad’s old clothes to dress up an effigy of a man who was tortured into confessing a terrorist plot to blow part of London up and then dumping him on a fire than there is about celebrating pretend ghosts and death… may not have thought about this enough.

Where is your dream destination to visit in the Autumn?

It is a long time away – but for Autumn 2020 I will be going back to Japan. I visited last in Spring and my friend Yumi has said the Kyoto looks amazing in the Autumn, so I am hoping to see it for myself.

Do you always forget about the clocks going back?


No,of course not! It’s Fall back, Spring forward! Looking forward to going to work in partial daylight for a few weeks. Will then be counting the days until I see the sun again.

When do you usually start preparing for Christmas?

Already started – about Boxing Day last year! Got all the cards, labels and gift boxes.
I am a master planner; I live for lists and finding new and inventive ways to wrap presents. I have got most of the kids stuff bought and as a minimalist I will be coming up with ideas to buy presents that take up no space at all…vouchers and gift cards, I just buy vouchers for people.

So what is your favourite season? Have you tried out a tag like this?


The idea is to tag fellow bloggers, but I was a bit slow off the mark with this and it’s seem most people have already done this tag.

If you haven’t, let me know. I can add a link to your blog and can go read your answers over at your Pad.