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Preparations for Christmas

This is the weekend when we really feel like we are getting into the Christmas spirit.  We have just come back from a carols and lessons service at Birchwood church.  It is the sweetest little church, set in some woods, with no electricity but oil lamps, a wood burner and candles for light and warmth.  It is always packed for this service and mulled wine and mince pies served afterwards make a very convivial atmosphere.

Back home and check that the Christmas tree is still in one piece.  I say this as yesterday when we put up all the decorations and Toto pussycat spied the tree for the first time, he thought it was great fun and started playing with the baubles.  We were in fits of laughter and at the same time shouting “No” to him, but without much effect, as he played football across the floor with the one he had knocked down.


We have some lovely icicle lights, given to us my a previous neighbour that we always hang over the fire.

DSC00617.JPGWe hang more baubles from ribbon over the window in the dining room. which together with the reindeer antlers make that corner festive.


I’ve bought all my presents, along with the Xmas cake, the Xmas pudding and mince pies, so our Christmas preparations are well under way.

Wishing you all Seasons Greetings, by which I mean a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Kathy and Neil at Lodge House B&B.



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Choir, carols, colds and cakes

I recently joined the newly formed Buckland St Mary community choir. We are a motely bunch. There were no auditions – it’s just turn up and sing your heart out. To start with we didn’t have a conductor and would just sing along to a CD. We tried to get Gareth Malone to come along and put us through our paces.  Unfortunately he wasn’t available, but now we have the lovely Penny to lick us into shape.  She is getting us to sing in rounds and in harmony so we are starting to sound good. On Friday we had our last practice before our first public performance at the Buckland St Mary church carol service on Thursday evening, but unfortunately we were down in number as quite a few people had colds.

Today was the other local carol service, in the Bishopswood hall organised by Bishopswood chapel. I had pledged to make cakes for the tea afterwards, so even though I woke up this morning with a horrid sore throat and the start of a cold, I made the cakes and took them along beforehand. Here are my cakes – choc chip ones with chocolate buttons on top:


We didn’t stay long.  Neil has been full of cold all week so he couldn’t sing, and I want to be well enough to sing on Thursday.  I love singing carols so was sorry to miss out today.

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Carols around the brazier

Last night we went to Bishopswood Chapel to sing carols around a brazier.  It certainly kept us warm, especially when it started to rain, but luckily we had taken hats with us.

Singing carols around the fire
We were lucky too to have someone playing the accordion to acoompany the singing, well in fact to lead it.  We could hardly see the song sheets for the dark and the rain!!
But many of the carols we know by heart anyway.
The accordion player

Afterwards we went inside for a nice cup of tea and a minced pie.  Very social.  This was the last of our Carol singing before Xmas.

The tree and all the decorations are up.  The shopping is done, the presents wrapped, we are ready for Christmas!!

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