On Sunday we had a lovely little walk in the fields, stopping on the bridge to watch the ducks.
Cranberry and yogurt cupcakes turned out pretty and tasty. Eddie and Sasha love to decorate their cupcakes with jelly beans.
On Tuesday after taking Eddie to school, I walked around St Mary's church and took photos of the carved stone faces of angels and gargoyles. Love this gently smiling angel.
On Wednesday I went to see Eddie performing in the school Nativity play. He was a diamond. And very lovely diamond he was. I was proud of my little precious stone.
I got a couple of raffle tickets strips after the performance, as the head mentioned that they still had tickets on offer. I already bought some, but thought I'd better support the school. On Thursday morning I was moaning with a friend about never winning anything with the raffle tickets. As Eddie and I were leaving the school in the afternoon, we were told that actually we won the prize. And what a prize it is, a super duper chocolate hamper from Thorntons. I was almost speechless. The next day I took the double-layer box back to school to treat the teachers at their coffee break, and we have shared several smaller bags too. I am going to keep two boxes for presents for Sasha's teachers, the rest we'll gobble up with friends coming over for a cup of tea.
On Friday night there was a Midwinter Dinner at my husband's college, and I tagged along. I don't often attend dinners in his college, but it so happened that in the last two weeks I was invited twice. I am not very good at little chit chat, and find some of the conversations rather strenuous. I might be not a complete social disaster, but I struggle. I thought this monkfish with chorizo crust was plated very pretty.
It's not every day that you meet a singing Santa. We first spotted him when we were on the way to the shops to find a birthday card for Eddie's friend. Eddie shyly waved to Santa across the road, and was thrilled to bits when Santa waved back. Eddie told me he wanted to ask Santa something. I promised we'd stop by on the way back. And so we did. Santa kindly posed for me with Eddie.
Eddie asked me "Mummy, is it a real Santa?" Of course, it is. How wonderful it is to be young and believe in Santa!