Blogmas day 14 – winter weather expressions

English people have a reputation for talking about the weather. Have you noticed that some of the expressions we use are about winter weather?

At this time of year, there is a lot to say about ice, snow and cold, windy weather. Here are some wintry weather idioms and their meanings.

1. To be skating on thin ice
To be doing something that is dangerous or which could have negative consequences.

2. A snowball effect
A situation which gains momentum or where something increases in size or impact.

3. To be snowed under
To have so much to do that you can’t take on anything else.

4. Every cloud has a silver lining
Even if a situation looks bad, something good will come out of it.

5. To get wind of something
To learn about something, even though it was supposed to be a secret.

6. To have a face like thunder
To have a facial expression that shows that you are very angry.

7. To throw caution to the wind
This means that someone is taking a big risk.

Can you think of any more?

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

So, what was behind your door no. 14?

L’Occitane – time for another shower gel! These are like travel minis – maybe ok for the shower, but in the bath I tend to use a bit of another shower gel as well! Still, it’s good to go through the whole range of scents!

M&S: Today I got a maringa cleansing balm from Emma Hardy. I’ve never used a cleansing balm before because I usually use a cream cleanser or micellar water, so I’m looking forward to trying this out!

Question for the day

Brussel sprouts – yes or no? I’d have to say no, unless they are the ones made entirely out of chocolate!

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Blogmas day 13 – warming winter food

On Monday a box arrived from Amazon and inside was my new pressure cooker!

The reason I’m telling you this is that I used it last night to make one of my favourite winter meals – a quick and easy winter stew!

I used to have this as a child too, although my Nan didn’t use a pressure cooker. I could smell the stew as it was cooking and I knew there would be a tasty warm meal with dumplings.

Actually I didn’t make any dumplings, because I didn’t have much time yesterday, but it’s a hearty and pretty healthy meal because all I used was fresh vegetables and some meat, though of course you could do it without the meat.

I won’t write down a recipe because my stew is different every time. Yesterday I used pork, potatoes, mushrooms, a tomato, an aubergine, and a couple of onions. I covered the meat and vegetables with gravy and whatever herbs and spices I felt like chucking in! I tasted the gravy mixture to make sure the spices were right before I poured it over the meat and veg that were already in the pressure cooker.

If you like it spicy, you can add chillis. I added two because we like our meals to have a bit of heat, but you don’t need to do this if you don’t like spicy food.

I like to make stews in the pressure cooker for two reasons – it’s super quick – after I’d prepared everything and the pressure cooker started steaming, it took about 25 minutes for the meal to be cooked. Then you just need to wait for the pressure to go down so it’s safe to open the lid. The second thing is how it makes the potatoes all soft and fluffy!

You can tell when it’s ready, because even if you can’t see the steam, it starts to hiss like a big snake, which is when you need to start timing.

I will admit that I’m slightly scared of the pressure cooker because I’ve heard stories of bad things happening, and I know that there is a lot of pressure building up inside it, but I have also heard that they are safer now than they used to be, so it doesn’t put me off from using it.

I do have a slow cooker too, and I sometimes cook casseroles in there, but sometimes I don’t feel the meat tastes quite as good as when you do it in the pressure cooker.

Making this kind of meal is a good way to use up any vegetables you have left over. We do sometimes have an excess of veg because of our vegetable box, and as I don’t like waste, I’ve been making winter soups. Having some hearty winter stews as well will be a good way to mix things up a bit!

How about you? What do you like to cook when it’s cold and grim outside?

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

So, what was behind your door no. 13?

L’Occitane – I thought it was another soap, but no! It was a sugar bath cube! I haven’t tried one of those before, so it will be interesting to see what they’re like, and as it’s a sugar one, it shouldn’t be too messy because sugar is soluble.

M&S – today I got a fragrance – blood orange from Shay and Blue. I know it’s a risky business putting a fragrance in an advent calendar, and you won’t please everyone, but I really like this. I’m glad they went for a citrus one rather than a really floral one. You get 10ml, so enough to really try it out (I can’t see the point of those little 2ml ones!), and it’s something I would consider buying full size.

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Blogmas day 12 – Christmas jewellery

Today I want to talk about Christmas jewellery! I’m not talking about expensive pieces, just something that brings a bit of Christmas sparkle to any outfit.

I’m not a fan of Christmas jumpers because I’m fussy about what fabrics I will wear – i.e. no wool (I think it goes back to the scratchy school jumpers!) So I like to make things a bit Christmassy with my jewellery.

Last year I found some sparkly owls, but I can’t find them to link now. The only thing I’d say is if you’ll be wearing something all day, try not to go for really heavy earrings as they might start to hurt after a while!

Last year I got myself a Christmas tree necklace from the Ornami collection – it’s not available at the time of writing, but you can see it here.

I also have the snowman necklace from the same range, and the reindeer pendant.

I like this range because yes, it’s Christmassy, but also the pendants are tactile and can be enjoyed by someone who can’t see them too. To be honest, the tree is the most tactile because you can feel the little baubles, but the reindeer and the snowman are good too because you can clearly feel their shapes.

Maybe next year I’ll get the snowflake pendant!

This year I added a couple of pairs of earrings to my collection. We have some Christmas trees – not as nice as the pendant, but they would be ok with something else, and some little snowmen!

At some point I’d like to add these snowmen by Katy Craig because I already have some of her doggy jewellery! Or maybe some Santa hats from the same range?

How about you? Do you have any Christmas jewellery?

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

So, what was behind your door no. 12?

L’Occitane – today it was time for another little hand cream, which is great, because I’m enjoying trying out their complete range. Previously I’d only tried the shea one. The almond one from today is nice and it goes with my almond soap from the calendar, which is out in the bathroom at the moment.

M&S – today we got a generous 50ml of Alpha H liquid gold rose. It’s an evening exfoliating and moisturising toner. Anyone who has been following my blog will know that I’m all about the chemical rather than scrubby exfoliants, so I’m looking forward to giving this one a go!

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Blogmas day 11 – things I love about winter

Let it snow! It did actually snow in our part of the world last night. It has now mixed with rain, and there’s not enough to make a good snow dog, but at least it snowed! Some people got up to 32 cm of the stuff, and I do feel sorry for all the people who lost power to their homes over the weekend. Still, even as an adult, I do think there’s something magical about the fluffy white stuff – as long as I don’t have to go anywhere in it!

11 things that I love about winter

People sometimes see winter as a dull and dreary time of the year. It’s true that in England it can be cold and damp, but actually I think there’s a lot to love about winter. Here are 11 of my favourite things!

1. Winter walks
Now that I work from home, I certainly don’t miss running to the train station in the rain and spending the rest of the day trying to dry out! But when it’s dry, I love wrapping up in my big thick coat, hat, scarf, and gloves, and going for a walk. We don’t get a lot of snow around here, but the air is so fresh and crisp – it really feels as though you’re doing something good for yourself, especially as we tend to spend a lot more time inside during the winter.

2. Winter food
I’m not just talking about Christmas dinner here, although I do enjoy roast turkey with all the trimmings! I also mean the home-made pumpkin soups and the hearty stews and casseroles that I make when it’s cold outside. These are really healthy too because they’re basically just meat and vegetables with a few additional herbs and spices for flavour.
I’m not a fan of the traditional desserts like Christmas cake or Christmas pudding, but I do enjoy a slice of chocolate log (a kind of cake) or a mince pie (a sweet pastry case filled with dried fruit and spices).

3. Christmas
Not just Christmas Day though – I mean the whole time leading up to Christmas with all the preparations, getting the tree, decorating it, buying presents, wrapping them, making Christmas food, listening to the music…

4. Winter clothes
AT the moment I’m wearing a soft, thick fleece with a wolf on it. Winter gives me the chance to get out all my warm snuggly clothes that would be too hot at any other time of the year. I think there’s something really comforting about being wrapped up warm!

5. Snuggling up on a cold evening
The wind is howling outside, the rain is lashing down – but it’s ok, because you’re in the warm, snuggled up with a blanket on the sofa, reading a good book, watching a film, or just enjoying a steaming mug of hot chocolate!

6. Christmas markets
They are actually a German tradition, but they are becoming quite popular in the UK now. It’s basically a collection of stalls with people selling gifts, hand-made products, and food. You can usually pick up a tasty treat and find some gifts for Christmas presents, or just for yourself, that are a bit different to what you can find in the shops.

7. Decorating the house
I mentioned this earlier in the part about Christmas. I don’t go for the crazy lights and garden decorations that you can see for miles, but I do like to have a tree, the singing snowman and some greenery around the house.

8. Advent calendars
They really started to be a thing here last year, and now so many shops and brands are doing them. They used to be just for chocolate – you got a little chocolate treat every day, but now there are make-up ones, skincare ones, perfume ones, ones with candles, ones for pets, and ones with food or drinks inside. I love to see the variety, and getting a little treat each day from 1st till 25th December is of course fun too!

9. Snow
We don’t get a lot of it where I live in the south of England, but when we did get some, my dog used to love it. She would roll around on her back in it, burrow down into it with her paws, and do her best to catch the snowballs that I threw for her. Then she’d be really confused about where they disappeared to if they hit the ground.
When I was still at primary school, my family moved to the north of England, where there was more snow. The children used to get excited when it snowed because it often meant that the school would close and they could go sledging!

10. Time off work
I haven’t always taken holiday around Christmas time, but people don’t usually want training courses at this time of year, so now I usually take a couple of weeks off at the end of December. I don’t usually go away, so it’s holiday at home with my partner, and it gives me time to catch up with family and friends.

11. New Year
I’m not a fan of huge parties for New Year. Most years I stayed home with my dog, or celebrated locally with friends. When I used to live in London, I wasn’t interested in going to join the huge crowds. But I like New Year because it’s a new beginning – a fresh new year with so many possibilities. Like a blank page waiting to be filled, or a new chapter in a book.

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

So, what was behind your door no. 1?

L’Occitane – today I got another shower gel, this time the shea one. L’Occitane shower gels are lovely, and I prefer them to the oils. I haven’t had this one before, but I like the range.

M&S – after being so happy with yesterday’s mask (I tried it out yesterday), today’s offering was a make-up sponge. I can’t get excited about make-up sponges and do feel that this was a bit of a filler gift. It’s the first thing that I won’t use, so I suppose that’s not bad. I’ll find someone to give it to or put it in my give-away box – It’s not a bad product, I just can’t get very enthusiastic about it!

Question of the day

Today’s question – do you give or receive Christmas stockings? I don’t any more, but I always had one as a child, usually after Christmas dinner.

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Blogmas Day 9 – how do people from the UK experience Christmas in other parts of Europe?

On day 6, we looked at what people from other parts of Europe thought about Christmas celebrations in the UK. Today I have some interviews from people who were originally from the UK and who now live in France, Germany, and Spain. Actually I don’t think Molly lives in Spain any more, but she spent some time living there.

I asked when the Christmas celebrations take place, what new traditions they have discovered, what differences there are in terms of food, and whether there is anything that they miss.

Corinne –

Corinne moved to Berlin, where she now works as an English teacher. You can find out more about Corinne on her website, Byte Sized English.

The main celebration is on 24th December. The tradition is that the family goes to church and the strongest person in the house, normally the dad, get’s the tree into position. The kids come back to the house with a tree full of decorations and presents underneath it. The official start of the Christmas celebrations is the First of Advent (so this year this Sunday) . We have a Christmas wreath with four candles and the first candle is lit for the first time on the 1st Sunday of Advent, then the 2nd on the 2nd Sunday of Advent and so on. The wreath is a big deal here and can work out quite expensive. People are happier to spend money on a wreath than on a Christmas Tree which is only in the house from 24th December till 6th January. There is still a strong tradition of the Three Kings singing carols here too, kids from the church dress up as the 3 Kings and go from house to house singing carols, every house gets a chalked message

Reading aloud from a story book seems to be a lovely family tradition here that doesn’t wear off once the children can read independently in fact the older the kids get, the more involved they get reading for the rest of the family.

Cleaning boots is still very much part of the Nikolaus tradition here.

I missed mince pies. I make my own cranberry sauce now but you can’t get Port so easily, I miss that too

Jane

Jane is a German to English translator who now lives in Germany. You can find out more about Jane on her website Jane Eggers Translations.

The main celebration is on 24th December, in the late afternoon/evening

One thing we really like is the “Weihnachtsplätzchen” or Christmas biscuits. People bake big batches of them during Advent, serve them to guests, give them as presents etc. There are lots of different sorts. And the Christmas markets are a big part of Christmas too.

In my husband’s (German) family there is less emphasis on the food altogether. In our house, though, we tend to do Christmas dinner British style, with a roast and all the trimmings. I also like to bake mince pies and Christmas cake, which are not traditional here.

I miss the music. I find Christmas carols are very evocative, and the British ones still transport me back to the magical Christmasses of my childhood in a way the German ones don’t. So I make an effort to listen to some British carols while eating a mince pie or two, and then all is well!

Cara

Cara is an online English teacher who focusses on helping upper intermediate to advanced students to understand spoken English. Cara now lives in France. You can find out more about Cara on her website Leo Listening.

In France, the main celebration takes place on Christmas Eve, the 24th of December. People get together for a meal and open their presents on that day, rather than on the 25th like in the UK.

I haven’t really discovered any new customs, because I’ve only celebrated Christmas once in France and I think we actually had our celebration on the 25th rather than the 24th that time! One example is that people don’t really send Christmas cards like we do in the UK. They send each other New Year cards instead.

In terms of food, the main difference I can think of is ‘foie gras’ which people eat at New Year in France. This is a controversial French product made from goose liver. Their livers are fattened up through force feeding.
You can also find a special type of chocolate at Christmas (I’ve seen the first packets in the shops this week) called ‘papillotes’. They’re chocolates wrapped up in shiny packages with a little message on a piece of paper. It can be a quote or a proverb or a joke. The filling in these chocolates is generally praline. They’re pretty good!
People also eat Yule logs. My partner’s mum always makes one for us.

I find the UK more Christmassy than France which is why I make sure, as far as possible, that I’m there for Christmas. In terms of food, I really like mince pies. I even got my parents to send me a couple of packets one year so that I could share them with a group of students I was teaching. I’ve never found any ready-made ones here (I suppose I could have made them myself!). My parents have just sent me and my partner a couple of advent calendars through the post (we’re in our 30s!). You do get them in France, but these are Dairy Milk ones and Cadbury’s chocolate can be tricky to find here.

Molly

How Spain celebrates Christmas is something I studied around 5 years ago during School and again in College. Whilst most of us Brits have Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day, the Spanish tend to have theirs on Christmas Eve. At midnight they may go to Midnight Mass or “La Misa De Gallo”, here they will walk around with torches and play music. Although the 25th December is prominently celebrated as the main Christmas Celebration, Spain does not do things by halves they celebrate the festive season on many days as religion is important here.
On the 28th December is Day of the Innocent Saints or “Día de los Santos Inocentes”, this is basically April Fools Day in Spain where they all play pranks on each other!
New Years Eve is also a very exciting time to be in Spain (I will be back in Barcelona and I am very excited!). It is the same environment as the UK, everyone is out in the streets and there are fireworks but Spain has a very different tradition. As the clock has twelve strikes at midnight, with each strike you have to eat 12 grapes and if you do in time you are meant to be lucky in the next year! The grapes here are seeded and rather large so it is a challenge!
The final celebration of Christmas is on the 6th January, it is called the Epiphany and it is about the Christmas Story. In Spain it is called Fiesta de Los Tres Reyes Mages which translates as the Festival of the 3 Magic Kings and celebrates when the 3 Wise Men bought gifts for Baby Jesus. Some presents are opened on Christmas Day but the majority are opened on the 6th January (I used to hate that my mum made me wait till 6pm on the 25th!), children write letters to the Kings on Boxing Day. The night before the Epiphany they leave shoes on windowsills or under the tree to be filled with presents!
This tradition of Catalonia which is obviously where I live is new to me, I am currently writing an article for my job and it is about Christmas and any research I find always comes back to this tradition and it is rather odd.
There is a character at Christmas called “Tió de Nadal” (the Christmas log) or he is also known as “Caga Tió” which is funnily referred to as the “pooping log”. The wording is very funny to me but the concept is nice. It is a small hollow log with legs and a face painted on the end. From the 8th of December Catalan Families give it food to “eat” and a blanket to keep it warm. On Christmas Eve/Day, the log gives out small gifts and people sing songs and hit it with sticks to help it´s “digestion”. The log then drops sweets, nuts and dried fruits. When garlic or onion falls out, all the treats are finished for the year!
The food from what I have read in articles is the same food as England but just cooked a different way and with other foods. They have Turkey but it is stuffed with Truffles! In Galicia the most common food to eat is Seafood, I am not a seafood person I have never liked it so being in Barcelona is tough because it is everywhere! I am very much looking forward to having my Christmas Chicken Roast Dinner with all the trimmings! I think I have eaten all the tapas Barcelona has offered so far!
The main thing that I miss about the festive season in the UK and to be honest I have missed it throughout my time here is … Roast Dinners. They are a staple for Sunday lunches throughout the year. In Barcelona I haven´t seen any restaurants that sell Roast Dinners and to be honest I do not want to have one here in case I am disappointed by them, and I really want to wait because when I have my roast dinner at Christmas with my family it will be more special! If I could I would make them but I cannot find gravy, Yorkshire puddings or pigs in blankets so I may have to sneak some gravy back on the plane with me in my luggage! That is the only real thing I miss, apart from the Christmas Adverts of course! Luckily I have a Netflix account so I can watch all the Christmas Movies I want and the same with YouTube with the Christmas Songs but Christmas lights are already up so there´s not much to miss!

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

Is nobody else doing advent calendars? I can’t believe that! If you do have one, what did you find behind door no. 9?

L’Occitane – today I got the repairing shampoo to go with the conditioner, which I have already used. I’m not mad about the scent, but it’s a nice enough product.

M&S: Molten Star nail varnish from Nails Inc. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with nail varnish. At school I got my nails done in exchange for help with homework! Then I went for a long time without wearing it because although I can do it, I can’t get it as good as someone who can see, which made me not want to bother. Now I have a nail fairy and have just accepted that everyone needs help with something, and in my case one of those things is nail varnish – so I’m looking forward to trying this out!

Question of the day

So, as there are people from different parts of the world reading this blog – when does your family celebrate Christmas?

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Blogmas day 8 – let it snow!

So, you see it on a lot of the Christmas card images and it’s featured in Christmas songs. Even though we don’t get it every year, it feels like part of Christmas!

What is it? Snow!

When the first flakes fall, there’s a flurry of activity on Facebook – people posting pictures of it and saying how much they enjoy it. Then you get one or two people who can’t understand the excitement and wish that it would just go away.

I have to say I’m in the first group. I love the stuff, but that’s probably something to do with the fact that I work from home now and don’t have to stand out on a cold train platform trying to find a train that will actually take me home amongst all the delays and cancellations.

How do you feel when it starts to snow? Do you join in the excitement and stare out of the window, or do you think of all the problems you’ll have because of it?

We don’t get so much here in the south of England, although I can think of at least two years since I’ve been living here that we had enough for me to build a huge snow dog on the table outside! Of course there was the story from yesterday when I got locked out in the snow, and there was a very snowy Christmas day when I was lucky to get a taxi home from my friend’s house. I understand that some people who don’t want to celebrate Christmas are happy to work on Christmas Day, but was particularly grateful to that taxi driver for being out in those horrible icy conditions.

My family moved to Yorkshire when I was 7, and we had a lot more snow there. The children waited for the first snowflakes and hoped that the school would close so that they could go home and play out in it. We built a huge snow lady one year (why should it always be a man?!) and my grandparents took a picture of our dog standing with her paws on its shoulders as though they were dancing together.

We don’t get as much as other European countries, but a little snow, and I’m talking a couple of cm, can bring the whole country to a stand-still because we’re just not used to it. I’ve seen people laughing about it on German TV, so I know our European neighbours must think we’re a bit inept – the problem is that we don’t have snow all the time, just a few days each winter, so we don’t invest in the infrastructure to deal with it. The main roads are gritted, but many of the smaller ones aren’t.

Whenever I could, I used to try to work from home on snowy days because walking with a guide dog in the snow has its own set of challenges. It’s maybe different in countries where there is a lot of snow and the dogs can train in it. Dogs are trained to stop at the kerb, but that’s not easy when they can’t see the kerb because it’s under the snow. And my dog didn’t understand why I didn’t want to do our usual power-walk to the station – after all, she had four legs and was better at staying upright! I love going for walks with friends in the snow, but it does dampen the sound, which makes things sound different if you’re relying on your sense of hearing to help you get around.

So, will you be happy if there’s a white Christmas this year? What do you like to do when it snows?

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

What did you find behind door no. 8?

L’Occitane – this is one of my favourite products from L’Occitane – it’s the comforting cream! It’s such a lovely face moisturiser. It’s light and it absorbs quickly, but it also provides a good amount of moisture and I really enjoyed using the full-size one I had earlier in the year. I was very happy to get some more.

M&S: Eyeko black magic mascara. I’ve never tried anything from this brand, so that’s cool, and neither have I tried a mascara in a tube! It’s always a bit weird when I try a mascara for the first time because I can’t see the brush and have to get used to a new length and shape each time. I do like this product – it goes on well and there is no clumping – but I’m fussy about brushes and I don’t like the curved ones. I would use this as a spare, but I wouldn’t buy this brand unless I found one without a curved brush.

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Blogmas day 7 – Christmas disaster

I share some Christmas disasters – feel free to share yours in the comments!

Hello and welcome to Blogmas day 7! I’ve been blogging every day for a week now and it feels a little strange, but I am grateful for all the likes and comments and happy to know that people are reading them, especially as there is so much content coming out at the moment. I’ve got a bit behind with reading Blogmas posts, but I will catch up!

So last night I went to a Christmas event at a local department store, where I had my first mince pie and first mulled wine. And the English teacher in me has to write this – please don’t anyone write mould wine – it sounds a bit like mulled wine but really isn’t! Anyway, once I’d munched the head off a chocolate Santa tree decoration and heard some Christmas tunes, I was really in the mood for Christmas!

Today I’d like to talk about a couple of Christmas disasters! We plan everything and hope for the best, but sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. Have you had any Christmas disasters? Let me know in the comments!

Candles

This isn’t really my disaster, but it happened while I was there, so if I can prevent the same thing happening to someone else by talking about it, that’s a good thing!

I was spending Christmas with some friends and had gone upstairs for something during the Christmas dinner. As I opened the door to come out of the bedroom where I was staying, the whole stairwell in front of me was full of smoke. There was a fire in the house.

The dogs were with me, so I had to get us all to safety. Not the easiest thing when you’re blind and can’t see where the smoke is coming from. The dogs made a dash for it down the stairs, so I followed. I could hear the front door was open and we all made it safely outside.

A candle on a Christmas scene had fallen over and set the cotton wool and the rest of the Christmas scene alight. The fire brigade were called, and although nobody was hurt and there wasn’t too much damage, Christmas dinner had to be abandoned and it wasn’t what anyone wanted for their Christmas Day.
Please always be careful if burning candles, don’t leave them unattended, put them in something protective like a little jar or candle holder, and make sure there is nothing above or near them that they can set alight.

A huge turkey

It was the first Christmas dinner that I cooked myself and I wanted everything to be right. I got busy with my online order and tried to make sure that I’d got absolutely everything I might need. Of course I got a turkey too. The only thing was, I must have got a bit confused with kg and lb because I ended up with an enormous turkey – so big that I wasn’t even sure I’d get it in the oven! Fortunately it did fit in the oven, but I learned that you need to check the weight, especially if you’re not used to buying large joints of meat, and better still – just get the turkey crown!

Locked out

It was the day before Christmas Eve and I was supposed to be making Christmas food. I took my dog out for a quick walk in the park and my mind wasn’t really on what I was doing. The door slammed shut behind me – with my keys on the table – inside!

It had snowed in the night and after our park trip, while other people were enjoying the snow, I was sitting on the wall with my golden retriever, trying to organise a rescue mission!

Cindy’s snout was so cold, her teeth kept chattering and she kept looking from me to the closed door and whining, as if to ask why I didn’t just open the door and let us inside!

My keys were at a friend’s house, but she had gone into London for the day. Fortunately she still got my message and was able to contact her husband, who hunted around for the keys and then drove round to let me in! I’ve never been so happy to see him!

Moral of the story – whatever else you have on your mind, don’t put a foot out of your door unless you’re sure you have your keys!

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

So, you know the deal by now – I’m going to talk about what was in my calendars. Let me know in the comments what was in yours if you’re doing one too!

L’Occitane : ultra rich body lotion. Actually I used it today! The rectangular plastic tube made it a bit hard to get it all out, but the lotion itself was lovely and luxurious.

M&S: Korres Wild Rose Advanced Repair. I love Korres products, but I haven’t tried this one . It’s a brightening night cream with wild rose oil that evens out skin tone, moisturizes, and softens skin. Sounds good! So far I’ve only used shower gels and body lotions, and I’m looking forward to giving this a try once the other night cream from a few days ago is finished. You can smell the rose, but not in an annoying way!

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