I don't know about you, but I'm quite behind with Christmas menu planning and presents-buying.
Now that my husband is not eating meat, all my foolproof main course recipe ideas for Christmas and New Year's eve are not going to work any longer. And though I subscribe to the Veggie magazine and have several vegetarian books, I can't find a recipe which would look like a festive showstopper and also could be enjoyed by the whole fussy family. I'm not keen on the nut roast, it just doesn't appeal to me. The time is ticking, and I need to decide soon.
When my Mum was here, we did a couple of trips round the local vintage and charity shops looking for the costume jewellery, as an old school friend of mine collects it. We found a few pieces that we though she might like, but I also bought myself this vintage 1950s brooch, which I'm now wearing on my black coat.
Monday morning was grey and miserable, with a nasty little drizzle.
It didn't even feel like a morning.
On Tuesday morning Eddie woke up with a headache, and when I checked his temperature, it was high. No school for him, and no playdate after school, which Eddie was rather upset about.
I baked some apples for our lunch. These are some of the boxes with apples I keep in the cold summerhouse.
Still no school for my kid on Wednesday. I had a big order from Ocado delivered including some of the future presents for friends and teachers. The big Black Forest panettone will be our Christmas dessert.
Having taken Eddie to school, I popped to the Polish deli to look for chocolate cottage cheese that Eddie loves. While waiting for the shop to be opened, I was looking at the bare trees.
It was the school fayre at Eddie's school yesterday. I promised to take him, and his friend tagged along. I'm not a fan of making money off children. To take part in the activities you have to buy a bag of tokens for a fiver. You cannot just buy one token or two, and then we didn't know what to do with all those tokens. You have to spend real money for the food stall.
The boys had fun, but I was in a bit of a grumpy mood.
We walked back home and looked at the Christmas lights in town.
The local shopping centre is running a competition - you need to take a selfie with the Xmas bauble decoration in the background and tell how many lights you think there might be.
Eddie and I have been taking some selfies, none particularly good, but then my child said it was too embarrassing.