Monday, December 26, 2011

The Christmas Goat.

When "The Woozle" was out from Queensland in October, he became fascinated by the feral goats you come across on the side of the road travelling down through the King Country and North Taranaki.

So the obvious thing to do is to ask your Granny to knit you one.

As you can see, he is the most successful knitted goat EVER in the history of knitted goats.

To the extent that he became real and began to eat the Christmas tree.

Luckily we had a couple of spare ones!

(Christmas trees,not goats you understand.)

On Christmas morning the Tail Cat was a big help setting up the tables for an al-fresco lunch.

"She who is proficient at separating eggs" is also proficient at being Mother Christmas on Christmas Morning. She has a system of anti-clockwise present receiving, and a pair of scissors to hand for the difficult bows and string!

Each present must be fully unwrapped and admired by all before she moves on to dish out the next one (in an anti-clockwise direction of course).

This is in fact AFTER the Christmas lunch and the Christmas cricket match, but I just got it in the wrong order and couldn't shift it!

The blokes discovered that we did not still have the cricket set from 1972 since our last shift, and so they improvised with a pick handle for a bat and an old tongue-in-groove cupboard door for wickets.

They also reasoned that it was safer to bowl toward the picture window than bat towards it.

Uncle Stu was fielding in the gully - literally when he failed to take a catch and crashed through the lavender hedge at the boundary and fell into the Hundred Acre Wood.

But I bet he smelled nice.

There were some very "House and Garden" photos of the Christmas lunch.

And the obligatory posing for the family photo.

Everyone was extremely positive and excited about this part, especially The Granny (not).

So there you have it folks. All over for another year.

I should imagine The Granny will have to knit a camel or six toed sloth or next year!

Looking forward to it!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Once Upon a Time...

...there was a blog chic who really fancied building a gingerbread house for Christmas Day.

Every year it would reach a certain stage of development,

using various plans and construction methods....

and then collapse!

But finally, after many, many years of prototypes and failures,

she got the structural design and building materials just right!

A frame shape, and toffee to stick it all together.


"She who is proficient at separating eggs" had a plan for the decoration.

And The granny was in charge of cute marzipan animals

to sit on the roof and outside in the snow.
There were ducks, and cats, and ring tailed possums and wombats of course!

And a gingerbread man to stand guard outside.

And they all lived happily ever after!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Jesus Table.

A lovely weekend of sunshine.

Out came the Jesus Table to sit under the climbing hydrangea.


Grannies are naturally attracted to such pieces of sculpture appearing in the garden.

The same as cats and cardboard boxes!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree.

1st of December is time to put up the Christmas trees and start planning the Christmas Menus.

"She who is proficient at separating eggs"has been around with her Australian Women's Weekly recipe supplement, and I got out my NZ House and Garden equivalent and off we went.

We intend to make about 25 puddings and 2 salads!!!

Obviously a little more fine tuning to get through yet.

But we did find a triangular ginger bread house which may well turn out to be the solution to our gingerbread house structural engineering problems!

The Granny has put up her Christmas tree too, so we have three inside.

And one outside for the cats to play with!!

About 23 sleeps to go Blog Chics. Hope the weather improves!

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