31 Dec 2016

Our Christmas

Hello.  I trust you had a good Christmas. I'm posting today with some random photos of our Christmas. After going to the midnight service at the Cathedral with our younger daughter and children on Christmas Eve the rest of our days over the holidays have been spent enjoying time with our family. Our other daughter is still with us for a few more days and one of the highlights of Christmas was that her son, our oldest grandson, came for a surprise visit on Christmas Day and stayed over at our local daughter's home. This meant we could have another family meal at our house and then the following day our son and family also spent the day with us all. 





We had many lovely gifts given to us, one of them being a hamper of goodies.


Our granddaughter made a gingerbread house whilst our
older daughter made a delicious Christmas cake and brought
a limoncello panettone with her as well as other homemade food
from her sons who couldn't join us because they were working
over Christmas and are also working during the New Year, one being
 in the hospitality trade in London. 


Mr. P. took us out to one of our regular places that we like to go to
 especially at this time of the year.  I've written about Castleton in Derbyshire
 many times before as it's a pretty village in the High Peaks and is always well
decorated for the season.  It's also a good place to go to buy gifts and after Christmas
some of the small gift shops have sales so you can get some bargains - my kind of sale
 and much more pleasant than being amongst the city crowds.





We had lunch of tomato and basil soup and a baguette roll
at one of the pubs.  Mr. P. had a spicy chicken baguette with salad and chipped 
potatoes. We were just about to take photos outside the pub when a passer-by kindly
 offered to take a photo of the three of us.



We went in St. Edmund's church which usually has a Christmas tree festival 
before Christmas in aid of charity and although the specially decorated trees
 by different organisations had been removed the church was still beautifully decorated.
By the time we left it was getting dark and the Christmas trees outside each little shop
along the main street had been turned on.








Tonight we shall be stopping in as usual with our daughter.  There will be a glass of Prosecco and a slice of panettone to enjoy as we watch the count down to the New Year on the live television broadcast from the River Thames Embankment in London.  We'll enjoy the firework display from the comfort of our armchair and give thanks for the many blessings that have come our way in the last year. Thank you once more, my friends, for your continued support and visits to my blog.  Looking forward to meeting up with you once more in the New Year and catching up with your news. Tomorrow we continue hosting as we are joined by our local daughter and her two children for another family meal tomorrow evening. 



47 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you!

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  2. Such a lovely post Linda. Everything looks so festive. This is such a joyful season isn't it? You and Mr. P look well. A blessed and joy filled New Year to you!

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  3. Happy New Year! I hope 2017 brings you good things!

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  4. It sounds like you've enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and celebrated with those you love. Wishing you and your loved ones all the very best for 2017.

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  5. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with family. Castleton looks like a lovely place to visit. Small towns have such character and I enjoy independent shops much more than the big fancy malls. Happy almost new year.

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  6. It sounds, and looks, like you had a marvelous Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, it has been a good time.

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  7. Greetings dear Linda. What a wonderful Christmas celebration you had with your family. I wish you all the best for the New Year! Pat xx

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  8. What beautiful cakes and goodies! What is in the little cordial glass, I wonder? It all looks so beautiful. I always think the red phone booths give a Christmas vibe to the British city-scape. Wishing you a beautiful New Year. God bless you.

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    1. Thank you Jody. The home made goodies were very welcome and delicious. My daughter and I had a small glass of wine with the soup. Many of the red telephone boxes are now not in use, but some are fitted with a defibrillator.

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    2. ... and on Christmas Day the pre lunch drink (shown in the little glass) was red orange juice with a dash of sparkling wine.

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  9. What a lovely Christmas you have had with your family. I love Castleton at Christmas it's full of light and excitement. Best wishes for a peaceful and happy new year:)

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  10. Pour cette nouvelle année, je vous souhaite à tous
    2 fois plus de bonheur,
    0 problème,
    1 santé d’enfer,
    7 tonnes de belles surprises !
    Bonne et heureuse année 2017.
    gros bisous

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  11. it sounds like you had a wonderful family and fun filled Christmas. I love the tree and that is the perfect place for it.. the cake with the holly is beautiful.. you already know I love old buildings and these with the bay windows are so pretty. Happy new Year

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  12. Lovely pictures. Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year.

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  13. What a lovely Christmas. I loved the homemade cakes, especially the gingerbread house. All the very best to you and yours for 2017.xxx

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  14. Looks like a lovely Christmas time with your family. A very Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  15. Dear Linda,

    So wonderful that you were able to join together to spend time over Christmas and hard when some of your family have to work. Loved seeing all your holiday photos.
    Warm wishes for a great 2017, to you and your family and look forward to visiting again this year.
    Sending hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. We were fortunate to have seen most of our family over the Christmas period. We hope to see the others that couldn't be with us sometime soon. Once more thank you for the hat you knitted. As you can see it's very welcome during this cold weather. I trust you are enjoying just the opposite weather - nice and warm!

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  16. Thank you for your visit to my corner and commenting so that I could follow you home. What a charming corner you enjoy in this world. It has been so interesting to read about many different Christmas foods and traditions and family visits from bloggers' posts. I would welcome the opportunity to shop in that village all decked beautifully for Christmas.

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    1. Hello Vee. Thank you for your visit. I'm glad you came by and enjoyed seeing something of my part of the world.

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  17. Linda, Thanks so much for sharing your visit to your very English village with all the cozy shops and pubs. So glad you enjoyed Christmas with your family. Best Wishes for 2017! -Beth

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    1. Hello Beth. I'm glad to see you visiting here and leaving a kind comment. I shall look forward to catching up with your news soon. Meanwhile I wish you and your family all the very best for the new year 2017.

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  18. Veramente stupendo il tuo Natale!!!! Io purtroppo ho avuto una brutta influenza, con temperatura altissima e sono stata a letto per tutte le feste. Vedere le tue belle foto e il vostro gioioso Natale, ma ha fatto tanto piacere. Auguro a te e alla tua bella famiglia un Sereno Anno!!!!!!!
    Emi

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    1. Dear Emi. I'm very sorry that you were unwell over Christmas and I hope that you will recover quickly. Wishing you and your family a peaceful, healthy, happy New Year. Tanti auguri per l'anno nuovo!!

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  19. You had a lovely Christmas with your family – good food and not to forget a glass of Prosecco for New Year – perfect! May 2017 be filled with happiness and good health for you and yours.

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    1. Dear blog friend, thank you for your good wishes for 2017. May God watch over you and your loved ones and give you peace and strength in the coming days 2017.

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  20. Your holidays sound and look just lovely. Family always makes it so special. What a lovely hamper, visit to church, and browsing in the village.

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    1. Thank you Marilyn, it was a quiet Christmas, but a happy, special time.

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  21. A bit late but I enjoyed your lovely Christmas time. Wish you all the best for 2017!

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    1. Thank you for your visit, Janneke. I look forward to continuing our blog friendship during this new year.

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  22. Dear Linda
    Happy New Year to you both and how lovely to see the beautiful photo of the two of you!
    I think the Italians make the best Christmas. Each December I make a point of visiting 'Sabato' a food speciality shop in Auckland where I buy my Panetonne, Panforte and special nougat and chocolates - indulgent treats once a year.
    I wonder if you make your own Panetonne - your husbands family recipe maybe? If you do, would you mind sharing it with me one day.
    After Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, a piece of Panetonne with a glass of Prosecco is lovely!
    I like your embroidery, I'm struggling with poor eyesight now too and can't work on the very fine linen any more...sadly.
    I wish I lived near you so you could teach me to crochet! My mother was very talented and could turn her hand to all handwork. I've tried to follow the Youtube videos but I must be crack-handed as it all goes pear shaped after the first round haha!
    I'm thrilled to catch up with you again Linda as I always enjoy hearing about your life between Yorkshire and Italy!
    Take care
    Shane x

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  23. Dear Shane. I'm so glad that you are blogging again. I know you have been very busy with work, family and hobbies. My husband is a good cook and you may remember we owned a pizzeria/bar when we lived in Italy and my husband made everything from scratch, but when it comes to pastries and cakes I'm the one who likes to bake. However, panettone is time-consuming with the need to prove the dough and it's not so easy to replicate at home the wonderful flavour and texture of the versions that you can buy in specialist Italian stores and exported from Italy. My favourite is the traditional panettone with the dried fruit and pieces of orange peel, but the one that our daughter bought at a big Italian food suppliers in her area was fresh, light and the lemon cream was delicious. I would have brought a panettone back from
    Italy when we were there in November as they are fresher, but I didn't see any in the shops as it was probably too early for them to appear for the Christmas market. It's a lovely tradition to have a slice of panettone with sparkling wine
    at Christmas and especially at midnight on New Year's Eve. Every blessing to you and your family this new year 2017 and I look forward to keeping in touch through blogging. xx

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  24. Dear Linda, thanks so much for your visit to my blog and for your lovely comment. I missed this post during the holidays and am enjoying reading it now. Your husband's crown reminded me that this year we opened our Christmas crackers at dinner on Christmas Eve. We wore our crowns and enjoyed the jokes and I got a tiny jigsaw puzzle of two happy dolphins in my cracker...I showed it on the table of the my post you just read. :) The weather has been so challenging they have canceled church services several times, today being one of those day. We are getting an icy rain that is coating all it hits. We sang and read the Bible and prayed here at home and are glad not to be venturing out yet. May you and yours be greatly blessed in 2017! xx

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    1. Dear Gracie, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I was interested to hear that you pulled your Christmas crackers, enjoyed the jokes and little novelty gifts inside them. It's one of those traditions that's part of the gathering at the meal table and a lot of fun. The icy rain you have been experiencing sounds challenging. When we cannot get out to a church service Mr. P. and I also have devotions and prayer time at home as 'where two or three are gathered Jesus is in the midst of us' and we know He is always with us. Thank you for your good thoughts towards us. Every blessing to you and yours. Linda xx

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