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Father Christmas

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Ha ha…. My little friend is learning the art of smiling on command, and this is the result! Bless her. We had a lovely surprise parcel the other morning. B’s grandma had packed up a lovely Christmas parcel and posted it to b. Inside was this lovely Christmas jumper….

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This sweet little jumper dress and a lovely Christmas book. Thank you grandma xxx

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Today, we were back at one of our favourite places again…. Rufford abbey. This time for a very special visit….

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It seems that visiting father Christmas in the pouring rain was quite a good idea. We were the first in the grotto!

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Little b was fine with Santa, she wasn’t scared of him at all. I think all the books we have been reading have helped.  She immediately started requesting her aeroplane that she really wants.

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He was a lovely, kind and talkative father Christmas with twinkly eyes. B was enticed immediately by a book he held.

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And he gave her a lovely little toy giraffe which she hasn’t put down since.

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Aroo has been creating more magic. Here he is swinging from some Christmas lights he put up in little bs bedroom….

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She loved it.  She is going to be very sad when he flies back to the north pole. I’m not looking forward to it. It’s kind of evolved that he is a Christmas tree elf and will disappear when the tree comes down.

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We’ve been busy making things over advent, paper garlands….

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Twinkly stars. Little b is breaking all our hearts at the moment with her beautifully sweet version of twinkle twinkle little star. Xxx

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Angels and many, many pictures.

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She is still enjoying granddads police helmet and loot at the beautiful Christmas outfit that her grandma and poppop bought her for special Christmas times…

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Poor little mite is unwell tonight. She’s just been snuggling up with me out of bed for an hour after being sick.  Let’s hope it will pass as quickly as it arrived.

Merry Christmas to you all xxxxx

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This is going to be a long one!

We’ve been busy, busy the last few days. It’s been wonderful.

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Firstly, the frost has gone! No evidence of its wonder anywhere. I’m rather disappointed. My garden is a boggy, wet area once again.

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The thaw brought rain, rain, rain. Oh it was yucky….

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Lights on in the daytime murkyness. Urgh!  Thankfully, I don’t really get affected by murky weather. In a way, I quite like it! As long as it doesn’t linger too long.

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Unlike Maureen, my old girl, car. She definitely disapproves. Oh dear, I have become extremely skilled at jump starting my car!

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And charging it up regularly. New battery desperately needed!!

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However, murky days are great for den building!

And writing letters to father Christmas.  Look at my little beauty, colouring our first letter to Santa.

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Here is the result. Bella requests an aeroplane every time we ask her what she wants father Christmas to bring her. I, on the other hand, would like a pair of wellies without a hole in them!

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There! I think we’re all done….And off it goes. The royal mail, here in England, have an address to write to with Christmas letters and Santa will write back! I can’t wait to see what the reply looks like.

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M had a busy morning with little b yesterday and created her this marvel out of toilet rolls, cardboard and corks. He is so clever. There really is nothing he can’t do.

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Saturday night, little b was very excited to get in mummys car and go on an adventure in the dark to rufford park.
Granny and granddad came along too.

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Thank goodness actually, as the event we went to see turned out to have an unexpected admission charge and poor old granny had to help out!The event was called the aurora lights and the gardens were illuminated magically.

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On the way through the abbey grounds, a glitter ball made snowflake patterns on the flaw and little b was enthralled by standing on them.

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We went down dark paths, listening to meditative music and looked up at the skeletal, shimmery structures above us of the ancient and wonderful trees that we may not normally notice.

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B raced along the paths as if she was scared she would miss out if she didn’t run and granny and granddad enjoyed watching her.

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It looked beautiful. Colourful and ethereal.

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Spindly….

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Vibrant……

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And majestic.

The children’s play gardens looked more like fantasy realms….

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And the metal sculptures took on a whole new life in strange colours.

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So much for my little friend to take in. It overwhelms me to imagine how all these new and exciting experiences must be for her.

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I was especially taken by these willow, dancing ladies.

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Someone is very clever.

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And I liked these stone mushroom people.

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But this was my favourite bit. These colourful lanterns lit the way to the abbey with such beauty and magical effect.

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Lovely.

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And they provided beebop with a great opportunity to play hide and seek!

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Her favourite game at the moment.

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More magical avenues showed us the way….

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And mesmerised my little friend.  I like this picture.

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Little b was still running through the paths at this point…

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and as we headed towards the end….

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Granddad made a new friend! X7

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We said goodbye to our final views of the abbey and then….

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Came across this glorious moment. I absolutely love these colours together. Now, this is a metal sculpture that I must have walked by so many times and never really studied.  It is made up of so many happy words, but I liked this view with the word ‘fun’ right in the middle. Too true!

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Goodnight, love and seasons greetings to you all xxxxxxx