Tuesday, 20 December 2011


This evening I went carolling.
The Ninjas were there too.

Bringing their own special brand of Christmas cheer.

Happy Christmas every one.

See you on the other side!
Love Nora and the Ninjas xxxx

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Quite a long time ago the lovely Ali at Very Berry decided to give a christmas twist to one of her fantastic swaps.
A Christmas decoration scrappy swap.

The gauntlet was thrown down, the challenge accepted and very unusually for me I got on with it almost straight away.
And then I put it all away I just had to hammer in a copper nail and take some photos.
LOADS of time to do that thought I.
Tick tock tick tock
Emails passed between mine own self and Linnhie of Wee mindings, my swap partner.
Tick Tock.
Deadlines were set.
Tick tock
Trips to the frozen north taken.
Tick Tock
Reminders sent.
Tickerty tickerty tick tock.
A beautiful parcel arrived on my doorstep.

Ticker ticker ticker tick tock.
Hasty photos taken, nails quickly banged.
Package wrapped, pen in hand, no address.
Emails searched, hair pulled.
Frantic email sent to avery calm and forgiving Linnhie
And finally a mad late evening dash to the post box.
Fingers crossed they arrive in time.
I do wonder why this always happens.
But I guess I'm just too old to change now.
I know it naughty because Linnhie won't have received her package yet, but if I don't show you now I never will.
So here are some sneaky peekies of what I sent.

"Snow" garland
And Reel christmas token, you may remember the reel love tokens from earlier in the year.

So now I am off to do a bit of light relaxing as for the first time ever I have finished my christmas shopping with a week to go.
Love Nora xxx

Monday, 12 December 2011

The Wombles Wombling merry Christmas

Good morning to you all.
A friend of mine, possibly the oldest friend I have
(first day at infants school and all that)
has started something.
In the spirit of sharing the christmas love I bring you direct from the vaults
Christmas 1975 to be precise,
this piece of wonderful Christmas cheer.
If it doesn't make you smile then you have had too many humbugs already.
You can join in the fun here.
Ho Ho Ho.
Love Nora xxx

Saturday, 10 December 2011

I've been to the frozen north

I've climbed an iceberg made of stone

I've trodden the cold streets
I've searched a Saumi tent

I've spent unmentionable amounts of money on a pint of beer.
I've worked hard and I've hunted high and low.

Every where I went people knew exactly what I wanted,
they could even name the style of pattern.
I found it in jumpers
I found it in socks
In gloves and I suspect even in a dodgy pair of nylon leggings
But let me say there was NOT ONE single wooly hat of the correct traditional design in the whole of blooming Oslo.
However There were breath taking views

Amazing decorations

Beautiful knits

Reunions with flame haired Glamorous ex assistants

and these socks.

If only I could have afforded them and they were in an adult size!
Moving tributes out side the Cathedral to the massacre in July

More hard work

And just as I exited the Stage door to return to the airport

Love Nora xxx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

I was going to be telling you all about my flying visit to the
far and frozen north.
Its a beautiful place.
I was going to be telling you about all that I saw and explored when I was there.
But then this evening I was given the most wonderful present.
I went to pick up the boys from Bernie our childminder's house.
When I arrived there was a lot of excited giggling and loud whispering coming from her daughter's bedroom.
"You can't go in Nadine's room Mummy."
So I didn't.
I sat and waited in the living room, I had a brief and amusing gossip with Bernie.
Then the command came.
"Close your eyes Mummy"
Lots more giggling and the heavy footsteps of someone carrying a weighty item.
"Put your arms out Mummy"
I did.
"Happy Christmas Mummy"
Look what I had delivered straight in to my waiting arms.

A gift wrapped Bombshell.

I hope Father Christmas brings you something as lovely for Christmas.
Love Nora xx

Saturday, 3 December 2011


Just now I found my self after a busy day sitting doing nothing.
Not thinking, not doing, nothing.
Just nothing.
It didn't last long I was brought down to earth by the Hippy.
"Whats the matter with You? You've got a face like a slapped behind"
May be thats what nothing looks like.
Sitting doing nothing was so very pleasurable I think I may do more of it in future.
I realised I do very little nothing any more.
This on top of a comment from one of my cousins this week asking if there are 28 hours in a day where I live as there is no other earthly way I could fit it all in.
Any way Nothing is great, but really is it as good as cogitating?
I love a bit of cogitating.
But it is a delicate beast, easily scared away.
It needs a distinct lack of children in the immediate vicinity.
Noises (happy) off stage left is fine, but when it invades the cogitating arena, poof!
Is gone I tell you, gone.
Beverages are essential, cold or hot I'm not sure it matters.
And no I repeat No phone calls.
Often it is best if the Hippy has may be snuck out for a sneaky
early evening pint of ale.
This evening I have been cogitating upon the theme of Christmas.
For two reasons other than the obvious.
Firstly our friend Catherine brought some thing round for me to see this morning.
A thing of such joy and wonder that I know you will understand my excitement.
A crochet nativity!

I mean, come on!
How have I lived for over 40 years with out one of these?
There is a huge a gaping hole in my life, and it needs to be filled.
And secondly today was the day of the Winter Warmers sewing classes for crafty boys and girls.

3 classes with a fairly quick turn around.
They were noisy, messy, silly and funny.

Boy did they make me laugh.

There are more pictures here is anyone is interested.
Any way it is nearly oh so nearly time to watch Merlin.
Pjs must be on, quilties warmed on the radiator, snacks and drinks procured.
Then the boys and I have a hot date with the sofa an the T.V for an hour.
So I am offski.
Happy Christmas every one.
Happy Christmas!
Love Nora xx