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  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 861 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good morning,

    Thanks Rob! That's lovely ☺️.

    I hope your eyes will return to normal soon.

    I don't know about these things but perhaps rest is best. 😊

    Chat soon

    Lou x

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    @LouiseJ @RobertA

    Hell lovely friens.

    Well our 1st xmas party for petes work is done and dusted. It was at the Albury Race Course. Lovely day and a lot of fun.

    Sending a pic of the set up. None of us had any idea why the statue is half a horse🙃🙃🙃😂😂😞😞

    Ran out of money, artist left the state😂😂😂 just no idea but i will get to the bottom of it😂😂 there was no back half anywhere😂🤣🤣

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @LouiseJ @Anneb

    Good afternoon everyone.

    Gosh Lou. Those jigsaw puzzles look really tough and I think I will stick to Sudoku. Haha, getting down to the floor is one thing, but for me, getting back up again is the real sticking point. 😑

    Hi Margy. I think I have seen that horse before, with my money on it ☹️🤣. I have googled Albury Racecourse and what a smashing place to have a party. It must be lovely to be out and about in good company, shaking hands, having a hug, circulating, chatting with friends and colleagues and just being normal.

    We visited our local indoor market the other day. It has lovely fruit and flower stores, gift shops, cake shops and cafés and normally it would be buzzing, but as you can see from the attached photograph, it was very quiet.

    Chat soon.

    Rob xx

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 861 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good evening everyone,

    I hope you all had a good weekend.

    Margy, hahaha, half a horse looks great, hahaha, maybe it was intentional to provide a talking point!! Mind you if you find the other half you might get a prize! 😂😂

    Glad you enjoyed the works do with Pete, did you win anything? Lovely to see sunny pictures, I miss the warm sunshine!

    Rob, lovely festive displays of the indoor market, such a shame it was so quiet because of covid. I have feeling things will become busier here this weekend, the last one before Christmas, can you believe it?! I can't !

    I finally was able to meet with my sister this weekend, I dropped off some gifts we had from last year as we hadn't been able to meet up then.

    I managed to marzipan and ice all the cakes I had made, after unwrapping them after being stored for so long, they looked and smelled delicious. I did a simple decoration this year, just stars and snowflakes in white, silver and gold, and purple ribbon, so it didn't take very long.

    Have a good evening,

    Chat soon,

    Lou x

  • Chilali1531Chilali1531 Posts: 135 ✭✭✭

    Christmas greetings !

    I don’t know where the time is flying ! I’ve been busy all week making ginger biscuits, cookies, soup & various cakes to put in hampers we’re making for presents. Also painting cards, stones & shells. The weather here has been foul for the past two weeks, lots of rain, so all the more reason to be cosy inside. I have to do all my “ standing/walking” in the morning as my neuropathy makes it painful after about 2pm. A real nuisance. It does get me down sometimes... I feel so old yet I’m only 57 !

    We’re out of lockdown since 15/12 but I fear as soon as we get to January we’ll be back in as figures aren’t as good as they’d expected. I think they’ve decided to leave us alone for Christmas as no one would respect it anyway if they didn’t. We have a curfew at 8pm tho’.

    We’ve decided to have a small duck (cannette) for Christmas lunch which Peter has ordered from le boucher. Turkey isn’t very popular here. The French usually celebrate on 24/12 pm with a big dinner consisting of foie gras, smoked salmon, oysters & then on 25/12 often it’s a big chicken & “la buche de noël “ (chocolate log made of ice-cream). I hope we can get up to the mountains for a few days between Christmas & New Year- there’s lots of snow this year. Nice to look at even if there’s no skiing for me 😕.

    I don’t remember which photos I’ve posted so please excuse any doubles !

    Hope your eyes are better Rob. Enjoy the Christmas preparations everyone ! 🎄

    Ali XX


  • NanaBubblesNanaBubbles Posts: 166 ✭✭✭

    Good morning all

    Apologies for not being in touch for so long and I hope everyone is as well as possible. I have been trying to get organised for Christmas with reduced energy as cellulitis returned and had to have some horrible antibiotics. Anyway, cellulitis better now but RA not so good. Most of Christmas preparations are now good but, as there will just be the two of us here, I have not put out all the decorations that I usually do but did buy some new tree lights which have various modes including flashing off and on really quickly which I think would give even the strongest person a headache!! Our village has had a competition running for the best display of lights and many of the cottages have amazing shows - will try and get some photos and post.

    Have finally got a date for my MRI head and full, rest of body PeT scans which should have been in November but are now 5th January so will be glad to get those done and, under the circumstances, in a reasonably timely manner. We are still in Tier 2 for Covid here but son and family in Tier 3 in London and from the top of our village we can look over the M40 towards the very southern end of Warwickshire which is Tier 3 where there is a lovely pub/restaurant which is closed again.

    We have had some very cold weather and lots of heavy rain which has swelled the rivers almost to the point of bursting their banks. A few years ago, the river Cherwell burst its banks in Banbury and the railway station was flooded up to the height of the platforms, not to mention roads and houses of course. Since then a very expensive flood defence system has been built just outside the town which is like a flood able lagoon to take extra water. However, yesterday we went over the Cherwell in Banbury and it is extremely full so hope we don’t have more flooding in the town. Our Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Hotter, a couple of jewellery shops and a lot of smaller independents have all closed and gone. I think a major flood would finish the town off!! Yet, a new hotel and ‘entertainment centre’ with new cinema and food court is still being built.

    Your jigsaws look wonderful - have not done one for years so think I might see if I can have a go after Christmas. Hope your eyes are better very soon Rob. Stay safe and away from the Covid everybody.

    Lots of Christmas love to you all.

    Michele x

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 861 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good evening everyone,

    I hope your weekends are going well.

    Ali, the shells look beautiful, wow! I love them, and your paintings are brilliant. Are they cards?

    All your baking puts me to shame! I haven't done any yet this Christmas, the cakes I decorated I made last year.

    I am trying to be kind to myself in not worrying about it if it doesn't happen. It isn't the end of the world if I don't manage it. But I would love to! Lol.

    I hope you do manage to get away to the mountains over Christmas. Boris has just announced new measures this afternoon, which will impact many, many people whose plans will now be changed.

    Michele, lovely to hear from you. It is great you have been busy with Christmas preparations, but not good to hear you have been suffering so much. It is good news you have an appointment arranged at last, thankfully quite soon too. We have had some torrential downpours too recently including today, Mark has had to do some emergency water diversions when it floods under the back gate, gets trapped then rises. I hope you stay flood free.

    After Boris's announcement Weds and today, we are still in Tier 2, my sister in Berkshire was moved to Tier 3 on Weds but now has gone into Tier 4!

    This Christmas is going to be difficult for many people, not only with restrictions but with the devastation covid has caused in families. We all need some peace, joy and better days.

    I saw this picture today and it made me smile, we don't have a dog but in years past the cats managed some mischief like this. Lol. 😂

    Thinking of you all, chat soon.

    With love,

    Lou xx


  • Chilali1531Chilali1531 Posts: 135 ✭✭✭

    Ha ha love the picture Lou ! We had a kitten one year who kept doing that.

    I thought this card I received was good ...

    We’ve had/ still having loads of rain & the Garonne is very high, flooding in places.

    Take care everyone, Ali xx🎄

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2020

    Good afternoon everyone

    Oh Ali, your hampers sound wonderful and as always, your cards, stones and shells look amazing. What a special Christmas you and your family will be having. Mary and I have always taken a shell from every beach we have visited and we keep them on the back window shelf in the car. They attract a lot of attention and you have inspired me to think that perhaps we could have a go at painting them. Watch this space! Sorry to hear about the neuropathy. Sadly, Cancer and its treatments always seem to leave their Mark. I love reading your posts - you are always so full of life and you will never be old.

    Hi Michele. Those antibiotics sound rotten, but hopefully, they are of benefit in the long run. Thank goodness you will soon be getting your scans done. I think that in the circumstances, it is probably best to enjoy Christmas just the two of you together which is what we are doing too. We have stocked up with food, booze, treats and we have a new TV with all the bells and whistles so we will just enjoy a quiet day together. The flooding sounds awful and I hope the new flood defences do their job. Ironically, our weather has been unseasonably warm and gentle and we even sat by the sea with a flask and sandwiches for lunch today.

    Haha Lou, I love the pic. I'm afraid that dog would definitely not pass a lie detector test. People say that animals don't have expressions, but I don't believe that. I enjoyed watching the 'Strictly' final last night. It has been a really vibrant show this year and it was lovely to be able to enjoy the music, dancing, colour and excitement and to get away from all the depressing news for a couple of hours. To top it off, it was a victory for the 'oldies.' I am no expert and I am not sure that Bill Bailey was the best dancer, but he was a lot of fun and Oti's programmes were just amazing.

    Thank you all for your kind wishes. I ended up in hospital with my eye issues but the medical people were amazing. They identified the problem and gave me medications which have been really helpful, and there has bee no permanent damage.

    Haha, we;'re nearly there at last. Merry Christmas everybody.

    Rob xxx

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  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    A few photos of the grandchilden in one of the outfits we bought them..

    We had our xmas lunch together on the19th December. It was a nice mild day and only got to 30 degrees, so thankfull it was not hot

    Eva and harper

    Time for icecream

    Jacob, Eva and Harper

    The little white angel is Ella, our grandaughter that we lost last year. She had to be with us too💖

    I cheated and bought a triple mud cake 😂😂😂😂😂

    We have restocked the presents under the tree, ready for xmas day 😂😂😂😂

    Having a jolly time of it😂😂😂😂

    Next party, xmas day then another one Boxing Day at Echuca at Elaine and Graeme's.

    Woo hoo

    More pics to come😂😂😂 maybe not as sober as these ones when we get to Echuca 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Love and hugs to you all

    Margy 💖🎂🎄🎅🎁🎁🎂💖💙🎁🎅🎅🎄

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Anneb

    Hi Margy

    What lovely photographs. Your grandchildren are gorgeous and they are clearly having a great time.

    Love the triple mud cake. I want one😋😋.

    Oh what a lovely Christmas you are having and lots more to come. Wonderful. 🎅🎅🤶🤶🎄🎄🎉🎉🍷🍷💖💖

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 324 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi All, We are almost there! 🎅🎄

    It’s been a long time coming, then in the UK we have had devastating lockdowns due to the Covid19. I am afraid to say that I have been unfortunate to catch it! I don’t know where it came from. No one else we know has it and I was symptom free when diagnosed! I had a surveilance check up colonoscopy planned last Friday and the hospital said go for a drive in covid test Wed prior to the procedure. The next day they called me to say sorry appt cancelled as you tested positive! Well I hadn’t seen a soul in a whole week apart from Norman I was so shocked I burst into tears! Norm was tested and has not got it. We will never know, but a old folks home is in shutdown nearby and we all use the local shop? Figures have spiked where we live. On Friday I suddenly became very breathless and had crushing pain in my chest and arm. I called my GP she said I’m sending an ambulance! That was a shock. I was in a crowded A&E 5 hrs and they were so good! Heart trace ok, blood test showed heart not in trouble, high reading for blood clot possibility. Immediate clot buster given asked to cone back Sat for scan at 9 am. Was so busy I was let out after scan at 9.25pm! Scary times. They suspected Pulmonary Embolism but thankfully was not present. This covid apparently causes clotting. They said no its just what you get with covid a tight chest and breathlessness! Feels much the same but breathing is improving now. Obviously we have put ourselves into lockdown, all xmas day plans off. It’s Normans birthday xmas day so I’m going to treat him to his favourite meal vegetable tagine and cous cous with meze starter. Easier than Xmas lunch that I was going to host for family.

    Rob sorry to hear about your eyes, I hope they are much improved now. Your tree looks lovely and what a nice picture of you. Love to Mary. Keep safe.

    Hi Lou, hope you are keeping well and such a shame about the tier 4 where your sister is. I hope she is doing well. Love to you and all the family this Christmastime. Love seeing everyone’s preparstions. Margie, Ali, Michelle hope you all have a wonderful Xmas and keep safe.

    Margie love the childrens outfits the children are adorable and the Angel tree is beautiful. We also had the same experience with our first grandchild, we buy a decoration every year for little Archie. He has 9 on the tree now. Norman when will we stop. I said don’t think we will. These are the latest, bought him 2 this year.

    We have pictures of two of the four grandchildren, Teddy and Ivy doing a distanced private carriage santa train ride last Sat. Yes they had been very good hmmmm! We had tickets too but obviously not able to go.

    Take care dear friends, I hope that this darned thing has passed very soon and wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🎄🎅 love Jackie Norman and Jasper xxxx

    Oo Ivy! she is a cheeky gorgeous little cherub! 🤣

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 324 ✭✭✭✭

    Just for fairness thought I would include the other two little sweethearts! Hunter and Frankie No Xmas photos yet!

    Taken at studio when Mummy and Daddy were practicing. Obviously getting ready for straight into bed when they got home!

    Also nice pic of Pointsetter my friend sent me!

    Merry Xmas to you All!

    Love Jackie xxxx

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 861 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2020

    @jacksprat_x1 @Anneb , @RobertA , @NanaBubbles @Chilali1531 @Lesley

    @NadineGood morning everyone 😊

    Hi Jackie, I just saw your post, you posted very early, I hope you are now resting.

    I am so very sorry to hear your news that you have tested positive for covid 19. You are the first person I know to have got it! The fact you have been so careful, keeping yourselves safe following procedures etc, yet somehow you still got it is scary. You must have felt really shocked to hear that, I can imagine and understand how upsetting it was for you, especially to have medical checks cancelled as a result. It sounds like it was very worrying and frightening for you when you had to be monitored in hospital.

    Are there any meds you can have? I really hope the tightness in your chest and breathing gets easier very soon. I also hope Norman does not begin to have symptoms.

    I know last week's announcement changed many people's Christmas plans, but now you are definitely having to isolate meaning you won't be able to see any family is very sad. I know how much you were looking forward to it.

    Of course it is the right and proper thing to do. Perhaps when things are improved you can celebrate afterwards. In fact maybe we should all be thinking that way.

    Having Norm's favourite meal on his birthday sounds like a good plan! How are you for provisions etc, is someone delivering for you?

    The Christmas decorations for Archie are beautiful, such a lovely way to include him each year. Precious.

    Lovely to see photos of the children too, they look so happy, and looks like you have some future band mates in the making! Beautiful.

    I hope you have a peaceful Christmas, I expect family zoom sessions or phone calls will be very special.

    Thinking and praying for you both.

    Our Christmas is small as usual, Mark's brothers will come for lunch. However we have to be prepared for last minute changes as H is extremely unwell, may need emergency hospital admission any day. At the drs this morning for urgent checks and bloods. Obviously hoping she can remain stable enough to avoid general hospital and in January get an inpatient place at specialist unit. We have lots of support from the team each day, via phone or online. How H has managed to complete her uni assignments is incredible, she was determined, it has been the only thing she could do, even though it uses up vital energy her body needs. But now she is on 'bed 'or 'sofa' rest, which is going to be hard for her.

    Yesterday I finished the wrapping, Tesco delivered my shop which was all there. So thankfully I haven't got to go and get any last minute stuff etc. Phoebe is still working, her contract ends next week, she has done so well to carry on. It has been very stressful for her, each shift causes such mental strain and anxiety. We are so proud of them both.

    Santa made a delivery yesterday, 😉😜, the family Christmas t-shirts were opened. We will take a family photo! Lol.

    Unfortunately the weather prevented us from seeing the amazing sight of Jupiter and Saturn aligning, did anyone manage to see it? I would have loved to.

    Rob, I love the festive photo, I hope you and Mary enjoy your first Christmas in your new home. I hope things are improving for you with your eyes. At least with current circumstances with covid, you can both rest and relax.

    Margy, I love seeing photos of your family enjoying celebrations, the chocolate cake looks delicious, and no doubt much of it was covered on fingers and faces😜😂. Next year hopefully you can all be around the swimming pool. Lovely to have Ella's angel on the tree, I am sure hearts are still hurting, it is lovely to include her.

    Hahaha, I think photos with Elaine and Graeme are in order!! 😂😜

    Ali, I love the card, I aaw another funny one the other day, but now I can't find it. Lol. It is my sort of sense of humour. I hope you are having a good week.

    Well, good news....summer is now on it's way.. yay!! I look forward to the light days returning! Haha.

    I hope every one is having a good week,

    Chat soon,

    Lou xx

  • Chilali1531Chilali1531 Posts: 135 ✭✭✭

    Just a quickie to say I’m so sorry to hear about everyone’s troubles . A little prayer being said for all. What a tough time. Even more reason to somehow pull together & find inner strength to keep going. Bless you all, Ali xxx


  • Chilali1531Chilali1531 Posts: 135 ✭✭✭

    Oh, ps, I thought this was lovely ...


  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    Oh Jackie...no...please be careful. What a worry.

    So lucky to have good doctors.

    All these lockdowns. Sydney has caused the rest of Australia a huge headache. They have been locked out of every state at the moment. We are still moving freely but we are still only going to work...that finishes tomorrow...yay for 10 days...and groceries.

    Lou my prayers are with you and everyone

    Stay safe

    Margy

    💖💖💖💖💖💖

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 324 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi Margy,

    Thank you. I really thought I had reduced our contact, masks, hand tub, spraying door handles, distance but it found it’s way in pesky virus.

    I love your posts Margy. So lovely that you are in the Summer and can be out in the air. We are all cooped up a bit here especially in isolation. Have a great Xmas!

    Be ultra careful everyone.

    Dear Lou,

    I’m so sorry to hear about H. I will pray that she keeps safe. As a Mum myself I can only imagine how you are feeling.

    I was sad to have missed the planetsI look forward to seeing your t-shirts what a lovely thing. I hope that Phoebe can relax soon, she has done very well, Hannah too considering what she is going through. Have a wonderful Xmas Lou.

    Hi Ali, love your festive glasses, your pebble painting and your tree and table looks gorgeous.love the sentiment on that tree card! Very true. Hope you are doing well. Merry Xmas🎄

    Hi Rob, hope your eyes are ok today. Did you see our little musicians in the studio in previous posts? Are you still practicing your piano? I love the Christmas pictures of the town that you put in here. Best wishes for a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2021

    Love Jackie xx

    🎅🎄

    Funny picture my friend sent me “While Shepherds watched their flocks by night”.

    Take care All love Jackie xxxx

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 324 ✭✭✭✭

    Picture of our Ivy which expressed what Christmas is all about.

    love Jackie xx


  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    This will be my sister Elaine and i next week in Echuca 😂😂😂😂😂

    Not sure which of us will be standing after a year apart😂😂😂😂


  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    For a laugh💖💖💖💖🤣🤣🤣


  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good evening lovely friends.

    Oh my goodness Jackie. How awful for you and for Norm too and it just goes to show that it doesn't matter how careful we are, the risk is there. I do hope that you are feeling much better now and though it is a pity you have to change your Christmas plans, I am sure you will have a lovely relaxing day together with Norman, and Jasper. It must feel strange having a birthday on Christmas Day. Does Norm get two presents, and do you have Christmas cake AND Birthday cake? 🎂 The children are just adorable and I am pleased to see you have budding musicians in the family. I could not imagine being without music. It is quite simply the best medicine there is.

    I have to confess that the photograph is from last year in our old house and my lovely Bechstein piano in the background is now gone after 120 years in the family. We could not accommodate it in our new home but I have a very efficient electric piano which also works with headphones so Mary gets a break from time to time.😂

    Dear Lou. No wonder you are proud of your girls. Hannah has done amazingly well to get through her assignments when she is so unwell. It is also great to hear that Phoebe has been able to complete her contract. What an achievement. I can still remember the stress and anxiety which I experienced in my first job at her age. I am looking forward to seeing the family in the Christmas T shirts.

    Hi Ali. Love the pics and the sentiments. Thank you so much. When I logged in to LBW for the first time two years ago, I never imagined that I would meet so many amazing and courageous people. It is a privilege for me.

    Haha Margy. Ten days off and what joy to see your sister in Echuca. What fun that will be. Thanks for the laughs.😂🤣

    My eyes are good and the headaches have gone thank you all. I am being stuffed with steroids and they are doing their job. Looking forward to the mince pies and pudding.

    Rob xxx

  • AnnebAnneb Posts: 187 ✭✭✭

    Hello Everyone,

    Well xmas eve day here so i thought i had better get in early and wish you all a beautiful christmas and i pray 2021 is going to be a year that is kind to us all.💖💖💖💖

    I feel a bit guilty that you are all in a lockdown and i am not. Sydney still is but with only just over a hundred covid cases so we are very very fortunate in Australia.

    The only time that it is great to be so far away from the rest of the world😢😢

    Jackie, how are you. I hope the symptoms have not hit you severely and you are surviving this horrid disease 💖💖

    Ali i hope you get to go to your beautiful mountain retreat💖and post lots of photos💖💖💖

    Rob, i hope you get to eat a heap of mince pies and pudding😂😂😂we will.

    Lou, i pray all your hopes and dreams come true for your families health and happiness💖💖💖

    I would like to thank you for wonderful friendships that have helped me through some dark times this year. It has been an extremely hard year on all of us in our lovely little group💖💖💖 but your letters and photos have always made me smile and put happiness in my heart.

    Thank you my wonderful friends. Have a beautiful Christmas day and 2021

    Love always

    Margy🎄🎁💙💖🎄🎅🎅


  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 324 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi dear friends,

    Thank you for your kind comments. I am not feeling too bad now. Had a tricky couple of days with heavy breathing and difficulty finishing a sentence and a heavy pressure pain in the chest. No cough! After medication in hospital I was allowed to go home and rest and I am pleased to say that I was considered to have a mild infection. I would hate to think what a severe infection would be like. If there is any good to come out of it it’s that family and friends have had a wake up call. Many have said this and some have cancelled plans to be on safe side. I am so pleased I had a quiet week previously at home painting a pantry and downstairs cloakroom. It was a busy time for most people so I don’t think I passed it on to anyone, I hope! Not even Norman! Curious? I’m grateful that I had a “weak viral load”.

    Hi Rob, I am sorry to hear that you had to loose your Beckstein Piano when it had been in the family so long. I bet it could tell some tales! Pleased you have a new keyboard though.

    Norman’s Mum Betty 89 bless her, computer classes 5 years ago, art club (nude drawing sometimes), many times over Wedding/Occasion cake maker, every day 3 mile a day walker, lunch with the girls regularly, until covid, 20 years her junior! and sadly widow of 10 years, is an Inspiration. Well she always made Xmas tea Norman’s birthday tea! So yes we have Xmas and Birthday Cake on the table and a full buffet, he opens his cards and birthday presents having done Xmas in the morning, and we sing Happy Birthday around the table! Sadly this year we only have Jasper and myself although the family are talking about a zoom event so maybe we can do that this year! 🎂

    We had the most heartwarming visits only in the front garden through glass window from 3 very special little people and their Mummies yesterday. First to do a present swap on the step was Ivy, Teddy and My Amber. I had the most lovely rendition of We Wish You A Merry Christmas from Teddy in the garden. 💕An hour later Hunter, Mummy Lauren and Frankie 2, who was fast asleep in the car visited us too in the garden. Hunter 3 was fascinated with our tree and an electric Victorian train station with music and lights that Norman put on the bay window windowsill. They all enjoyed ringing the bell we have outside. It was magical! Our neighbour had a similar visit across the road and came out as Father Christmas. There was much waving across the road, what fun! 🎅Happy Christmas to you and Mary, I am like you looking forward to spending time at home this year. Enjoying my time with Norman and our furry boy!

    Margy I am so pleased for you that after such a horrible year you can meet up with your sister. I too am very grateful for all the support and laughs you lovely lot on here have given me over the past 2 years! Love the picture of Santa and reindeer on the beach! We have an annual event on the beach Christmas morning where we live but it’s in the freezing North Sea, never warm at any time of year! Crazy people.

    Hi Ali, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and get to go to your mountain hideaway.

    Hi Dear Lou, you are such a wonderful lady, kind and always know exactly what to say to calm a troubled mind with interest and good humour too. I know that you have your troubles too and I hope that we can help you too. Take care my dear friend and I wish you Mark, Hannah, and Phoebe not forgetting Charlie and Lola a wonderful Christmas and praying that Hannah stays out of hospital and starts to make a good recovery into the new year. I bet your kitchen is going to smell lush today! All that baking!

    Happy Christmas to All on this wonderful community. 🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄


    pretending to be reindeer!


  • Chilali1531Chilali1531 Posts: 135 ✭✭✭

    Happy Christmas Everybody !

    Good health & happiness to you & your dear ones. Ali xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2020

    Oh Jackie. Thank goodness your infection was only mild. I can’t imagine what it could have been like for you if it had not been.

    How lovely to see the grandchildren and to hear Teddy sing for you. Perhaps you will be singing together before too long. Norman’s Mum sounds amazing and it must be really special that she is there to bake his birthday cake. My Mum used to do the same for me and I still miss her so much. I trust the three of you are having a lovely relaxing day and are looking forward to a zoom event with the rest of the family. Happy birthday Norman.

    Love the Christmas card Ali. Chili clearly loves Christmas and no doubt she will have some treats in store.

    Love and good cheer to everyone.

    Rob xxx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good morning everyone,

    I have loved seeing all your photos and reading posts over last few days, they bring me cheer, I know that much!

    Happy Day after Boxing Day! Are the Brits the only ones to have Boxing Day I wonder?

    Ali. I hope you make it to the mountains soon.

    Here are our Christmas Pics

    Santa recycled and rewarded last year’s to reduce costs! Lol 😁

    Hope you all have a great day.

    🤗🤗❤️

    Lou xx

  • jacksprat_x1jacksprat_x1 Posts: 324 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi Lou,

    lovely picture of you all. I like the matching T shirts. I hope you all had a good Christmas. It was a funny one this year but we were very lucky to able to face time and zoom our families and friends which was a godsend!

    I wish you all the very best for the new year.

    Take care

    love Jackie xxxx 🎄

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jacksprat_x1

    Hi Jackie,

    Lovely to hear from you, thank you so much for your kind words, it means so much.

    So glad you were able to ‘see’ the family, even if remotely.

    We did a zoom call with relatives in Canada on Thursday which was great.

    Our day was unchanged as we are in tier two and we were able to have my brothers in law over for the day as we usually do. It was a lovely day, stayed peaceful which was a blessing.

    Haha 😆, I had written rewrapped in my earlier chat but hadn’t noticed auto correct correcting it for me! Lol.

    Santa’s helper couldn’t find new tops this year, hence the repeat, but hey, maybe we’ll start a new tradition and fish these ones out each year hahaha 🤣.

    Hope Norman enjoyed his favourite meal for his birthday and that you both are having a good evening. I hope your COVID symptoms are diminishing and you recover very quickly.

    Sending love and hugs 🤗

    Chat soon,

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi everyone.

    Love the Christmas photo Lou.

    Yes Jackie. What would we do without Facetime and Zoom? We had facetime chats with our American family over Christmas. My nephew in Minnesota has had temperatures of minus16C and snow of course. Guess your Canadian relatives will have similar Lou. Wow, and Margy's are in the +40s on the other side of the World - amazing. It is even more amazing that we can see and chat to someone thousands of miles away and hear and see them in real time. How do they do that?

    I hope no-one has suffered any flooding from storm Bella in the UK. We have just had very wet and windy conditions and we haven't been outside for two days and we won't be today either. We will have to have a walk tomorrow though, come what may. Those mince pies are beginning to show. 🙄

    Hope everyone has had the best Christmas possible under the present circumstances.

    Rob x

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