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Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Creeps Closer

They started having xmas at the beginning of November in the shops up here but we are still undecorated chez nous. The first card arrived on Saturday and is standing in lone splendour on the mantlepiece (not counting the e-card!). I went to Artison to refresh my lino-cutting skills and knock up a card or two.
I shall do some more at home. It's the sort of craft that quite suits the kitchen table and the gear is cheap enough to acquire.
I have also been trawling the auctions and ebay for xmas gifts and came across this...
...lovely comfy recliner chair for the bedroom. It wan't possible to make it into a secret present so it is already in place and being used. In fact right now!
The great weather on Saturday got us out to Seaton Carew to examine the progress on the beachfront.
It would appear that the sea is still winning hands down. These steps are still under two metres of sand
and these ones needed 200tons of rock to protect them from the waves.
It is an enormous beach and there is a constant attack from the North Sea waves against the seafront.
Sad to say, humans don't do any better in places. This burnt out and derelict building occupies the best site on the seafront. The council are attempting a compulsory purchase order so that they can demolish it and..... well I don't know what they intend but I hope it's better thought out than the steps.
There's a good layer of snow on the ground this morning and the car will need to be cleaned off before we go to Lidl to take advantage of the £5 voucher to buy a lobster or two. They are advertising them at £5.99 each so we may well need two for a fine feast. Our voucher is for £5 off a £35 total purchase so I shall top up with other xmas fare and wine at the same time.
Cheers Gillian


love those cupcakes said...

No decorations here yet, either. I've never tried lino cutting so maybe you could post a tutorial (though I don't have a good track record with anything that involves working with sharp implements).

Beth Behr said...

Great blog and pictures! Homemade cards are always so much more personal and thoughtful than store bought! Looks like you had a lot of fun doing it as well! Happy Holidays. Thanks.

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