Six word Saturday


This pretty well sums it up


Time spent with my daughter almost always involves cake and pretty things, and this week was no exception.  The shops were all a-twinkle and we gazed our fill.  A brisk walk through the park was rewarded with hot chocolate.  A shopping session required something a little more substantial.


The Christmas market was fun but I never did find one of those angels.  I tried on a hat and thought about playing ‘hook a reindeer’, but I hung on to my Winter Pimms instead.  The Helter Skelter did look tempting though.

No doubt about it, Christmas has come to Nottingham.  I hope your preparations are going better than mine.  I have a naked Christmas tree in the corner.  Time to get my fairy out and find her some friends.  It won’t be quite so grand as this.

Just one more weekend to go.  Enjoy this one, and don’t forget to pop in on Cate with your six words.  See you on Monday, when we’ll get out for a walk together to blow all those cares away.  See you then!



  1. I have two daughters one is 30 and the other is 35. I have a son in the middle of the girls. I enjoyed seeing your daughter with beautiful auburn hair. The cake and decorations made my mouth water and wish to shop. 🙂

    1. Hi Robin! Happy New Year to you 🙂 So funny because I just this second posted this week’s 6 words and I thought you were commenting on it. I was scratching my head and wondering if I’d had a little too much to drink. If you have a look you’ll see why. Sending hugs! 🙂

  2. I love your opening line ‘Time spent with my daughter almost always involves cake and pretty things’….as it should be :-).
    And what a wonderfully festive gallery of images. I want that wreath for my door (when I have one again) and the cake for my tummy. Looking forward to seeing your Monday walk.

      1. OMG. Just saw it. Spectacular. You’ve outdone yourself. Now I want the wreath for my door and the second anchor picture for my wall (when I have one). And those sunset lit skies. Fabulous

    1. The wreath is on Lisa’s front door, and yes- that’s her! Though not a particularly good shot. I took one of her lined up with the ‘tin soldiers’ too but that is less than flattering so it’s not here 😦

  3. What a warming post Jo ! Lovely to see some of your explorations in seach of tea and tinsel and angels . Sounds as though your beginning to get into the swing of it now … tree decorated … time for some floury hands maybe 😉
    Lisa looks a darling fun gal ! Have a great Sunday Jo x

    1. Oh no, not floury hands, Poppy! 🙂 Sunday lunch, a heap of ironing and an even bigger heap of cards to write. I’m getting there 🙂 Let me know when the baking’s done and I’ll pop by for a sample 🙂

      1. You’d be welcome to homemade sausage rolls and mince puffs anytime you’d like to drop by Jo 😉 we’re down at the seaside so will be working up an appetite one way or another ! Hope to post soon . MMmm Sunday Lunch …

      2. Sounds like a great idea 🙂 It’s lovely and bright here after yards of rain yesterday but I’ll have to restrict the strolling to the virtual kind 😦

  4. This looks wonderful, Jo – what a lovely time you must have had with your daughter. The cake has made me hungry now 😀

    I don’t even have a Christmas tree yet, so you’re one step ahead of me even though yours is still naked 😉

    1. I felt a bit behind, Jill, what with the Algarve and then Nottingham. But the more time you have the more it takes, doesn’t it? Tree’s up now. Cards and shopping next! She’s great company and I really enjoyed my trip. 🙂

  5. Loved your post and (ha) I thought I was the only one with a Christmas tree still not decorated! Today will be the day though, that and get a start on the cards – way behind this year. Loved seeing the decorations in Nottingham, have a lovely weekend Jo.

    1. We bought the tree yesterday, Mary, and it was looking so forlorn in it’s tub. Happily it’s decorated now and I just have finishing touches to do. (and card writing and shopping 😦 ) Thanks- you too! 🙂

    1. What with the Algarve and then Nottingham I am totally unprepared, Sue. I did get my tree up today and the house is starting to look festive. Lisa and Leo throw themselves into the spirit before hand, but they like to spend the holiday quietly together. I always think I’d like to be away but the opportunity never arises. You’ll be ready for that hol when it comes 🙂

  6. I’m a bit of a ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas. I really miss those frantic days of cooking and baking and shopping when the kids were little and my parents came to stay for a few days (they had to as there was no transport home and I didn’t drive then) so the house was heaving! And the smell. The smell of baking, the pine tree and spices. Maybe I can find a suitable candle 😀

    I do like your Christmas photos though and the cake. The Christmas tea seems a tad expensive though. Only one sandwich? Anyway I am sure you and your darling girl had a fab time and I bet people couldn’t take their eyes of you both – so glamorous the pair of you!

    1. I don’t bake, though I probably should. 🙂 I like the sound of Viv’s Noel tart though. Normandy’s a bit far to go for high tea but I’m awaiting an offer 🙂 We were actually quite virtuous and Lisa had halloumi salad (followed by that cake, naturally). I’m not crazy about the afternoon tea idea but they seem to be everywhere. A table full of ladies sitting nearby had the tea and they seemed to eat and eat…. 🙂
      The scented candles give me a headache sometimes. Tree’s up now and I’ve got some lovely flowers on the hearth. It’s quite amusing shopping with Lisa. Every second person gawks and every third says ‘you look fabulous’! 🙂 🙂

      1. I no longer bake because we’d have to eat it all! I miss doing that. I don’t have a tree either, but maybe I will when (?) we move. I quite fancy a driftwood one, saw some in New Zealand that I really liked. Or perhaps I could make one?

  7. I’ve given up making mince pies and instead make my mother’s invention of Noel Tart: a large tart dish lined with shortcrust pastry, spread the bottom with boozy homemade mincemeat, and add a frangipane top (2 eggs 100 grams each butter, sugar, ground almonds, almond essence and orange flower water) sprinkle with flaked almonds, bake and enjoy.

      1. Well my Christmas preparations are almost non existent….have bought loads of mince pies to take back as prezzies for the hotel staff and that’s about it!

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