It’s Christmas Eve!

A brief run down of Xmas Day minus 1.
Eating : As is a tradition that  I am determined to embed, we went out for a curry tonight with friends. After a couple of glasses of Mulled Cider at home we wandered down to Purnima in Bearwood which is the best Indian restaurant in the area. We started with complimentary shots of Bucks Fizz before moving on to our menu selections. We had planned on having a cheese board on our return home but were defeated by dinner.


Presents have been distributed and exchanged. Cards are written and I’m excited to see what people think of their gifts. 

It’s nearly time…

Christmas Countdown-3 days to go

Today has been a lazy day but a good start to the Christmas break 


Today was about doing the food shop. We are 90% there after picking up some vegetables from the Real Junk Food project, nothing fancy really just a run around Tesco for priority items such as pickled onions, beetroot and avocado. Lunch was leftover sushi, dinner some sausages we picked up from the good food show and I made mulled cider for the evening.

Finally the presents are all wrapped, tags written and hopefully all attached to the right gifts. 

Tommorow will be Christmas jumpers and baking 🙂 

Christmas Countdown-4 days to go

Festive feelings on a Friday


Tonight we had dinner at Sushi Passion in the Great Western Arcade. Havinv never visited before we were impressedwith the decor and the massive menu.  Needless to say the leftovers are in the fridge as we misjudged how much we could eat. Verdict=yum.

Travel: traffic, more traffic and crowded buses. Not the most fun.


I went into the city centre to pick up a few things today and was delighted to hear buskers, Carol singers and Big Issue sellers singing at full volume. Christmas jumpers, glasses clinking at the German market and endless snippets of Christmas songs are typically the things that annoy people when shopping but I loved it. I’m really pleased with the gifts ive got for people and ultimately looking forward to some time off to spend at home.

Christmas Countdown-5 days to go

It’s nearly here!

As is often the way when things get busy, all of my plans have gone out of the window today.


No breakfast, no dinner but lunch was a giant pretzel covered in cheese from M&S and a pasta salad- not quite as festive as I had hoped. I was searching for a few nice things to add as small gifts or accompaniments for us and found some tasty looking crackers. We had another cheese delivery arrive this week from George Mews so we really need to start eating it! Our Loch Fyne order arrived (early) so the fridge is now crammed full with smoked salmon and live oysters-Ok hoping they last long enough and we don’t have to eat them early.

Also on the food front I visited The Real Junk Food Project- Central and picked up a box of veg and snacks. I need to write a little more about it as its an excellent concept and they are wkrking to reduce food waste across Bir.ingham whilst also feeding those who need some extra support. They work on a ‘pay as you feel’ / ‘pay as you can’ basis. This is what I picked up today. 

Travel: one more day of work left, I’m not going to see my family ON Christmas Day this year which is really weird so I need to make plans to go and visit instead.


The town centres are rammed and there are still a few tricky people I need to buy for, I’ve made a bit more effort with my wrapping and decorations this year and have enjoyed making things look pretty. I’ve been trying to find things that are a bit unusual but regret not preparing enough in advance so that I could seek out more independant sources for my gifting.

Christmas Countdown- 6 days to go 

Short but sweet today


Today we had dinner at the new Sabai Sabai in the city centre. It was a bit smaller than I’d expected but dinner was good and a nice change from what we would eat  normally during the week.


Non existent, I’ve remembered what commuting at this time of year is like….not fun


Much of the day has been consumed by last minute Christmas shopping which remains unfinished. I’ve been good so far and resisted the urge to just buy presents for myself when I get stuck for ideas.

Christmas Countdown- 7 Days to go

Christmas on Ice

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Christmas Countdown- 9 days to go 

It might be approaching Christmas but we are currently in Amsterdam celebrating Jordan’s birthday so today is a quick post

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Christmas Countdown – 10 days to go

I’m going to attempt a 10 day blogging streak in the run up to Christmas, prepare for lots of festive chatter for the next few days as I deliberate my favourite parts of the season, what I’m eating, cooking or eagerly lusting to see under the tree on the big day.

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