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22 December 2011

Driving home for Christmas

This morning I waved goodbye to the boyfriend for four days and I'm now not seeing him until Boxing Day. As he works for one of the emergency services he's working throughout Christmas, and as he works such long shifts I'm going home to my parents' so I'm not on my own.  Will be sad to spend Christmas without him (made worse by the fact that the dog keeps looking all over the house for him!) but I'm looking forward to spending a few days with my family, eating lots of mini foods (I've decided the diet is off until the New Year), playing board games and sitting by the fire in my pajamas.

Luckily I have finished all my Christmas shopping and handmade present making, so all that remains to be done is to pack it all up (along with the dog, the hamster and lots of loungewear) and head over to theirs this afternoon.

Here are some of the handmade goodies I've packaged up for our friends and family over the last few days - maltesers fudge, white chocolate and baileys fudge, teacup candles, mince pies and peppermint bark.



And here are all of the presents that need packing up and ferrying over to my parents' house... (We even have a stocking for Bodhi the puppy and Pancake the hamster).



Yesterday I took the day off work so Tom and I could spend the day together before our time apart.  We took Bodhi for a walk in the nature reserve at Chewton Bunny.  Here is a little long exposure of a waterfall I took whilst on the walk...

We also stopped off at a clifftop cafe and had lunch; here is the view of the cliffs from our table, and Tom's trio of burgers; got major food envy when that arrived!


On Tuesday, Tom went for a job interview for a training position where we both already work. It's a 12 month secondment but would mean a promotion and that he would be based two miles up the road from us rather than having to drive for two hours a day like he does at the moment.  When we arrived back from the walk he got a phone call to let him know he'd got the job! So we went straight back out again and bought a bottle of wine and spent the evening celebrating.

Hope you're all having a lovely time getting ready for Christmas - I am taking my netbook to my parents' so will probably be sharing lots more Christmassy photos over the next few days!

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  1. Fab news, congratulations Tom. Hope you have a lovely Christmas with your parents and hopefully next year you will all be together as a family :) x x x x

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  2. You home-made presents look wonderful, I'd like to get one myself! :) Have a great time at your parents and may the time goes quickly for you and the Boxing Day arrives fast!

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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  3. Sounds like a lovely day! Well done to your boyfriend.

    Your homemade presents look lovely, you put my efforts to shame! I tried making chocolate truffles but they were horrendous so i've resorted to chocolate chip cookies....packet mixture. Surely i won't mess that up when all i have to do is add an egg!

    I hope that you and your animals have a lovely Christmas with your parents :) xxx

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  4. Have a lovely Christmas Rosie :) and big congrats to Tom! xx

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  5. YAY GO TEAM TOM! :D
    Totally adore the waterfall photo and all your presents look so fab! Merry Christmas sweetie!! xoxo

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  6. Congratulations to Tom on the new job! That's fantastic! It's a shame you have to be apart for Christmas but I hope you still manage to have a nice time :)
    That waterfall looks lovely! Will have to try and find that! :)
    x

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  7. Have the safest of safe trips home Rosie, your goodies look fantastic, so I'm sure there'll be a lot of happy faces on Christmas Day.

    Major congratulations on Tom's position too, sounds as though it's a fab opportunity and a great progression, hope that you both enjoyed the vino and are looking forward to 2012.

    Happy Christmas and New Year Rosie, if anyone deserves it, you sure as hell do.

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  8. Congrats to you both :)
    Love those teacup candles, have to learn how to make those! xx

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  9. Aww your homemade gifts look so lovely, I really love the candle idea I really need to get on that one! So pleased your fella got the job, that'll make life so much easier! I hope you have a lovely Christmas with your fam and an even better second Christmas :P

    L x

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  10. Great news for Tom! And a great time to get such good news aswell!

    Hope you have a fab christmas with you're family, my boyfriend (who is also named Tom) is also working long hours so I'll be spending a lot of time with the playstation like a spinster : /

    Oh and damn you and your delicious looking malteaser treats!

    xx

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  11. Hey Rosie, those teacup candles are such a lovely idea, and handmade presents are too. I'm going to make a real effort next year to try handmade as I've seen lots of lovely ideas on everyone's blogs. Merry Christmas xx

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  12. That waterfall picture is so prettyful! Get it framed!
    Well done on being so busy and still managing to make all those handmade gifts! Kudos to you Lady!
    Have a lovely Christmas! x

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  13. I love the way you've wrapped your hand made presents! So cute! I wish I could put that much effort into everything at Christmas. And congrats on your boyfriend's new job!

    Morag x
    moadore.blogspot.com

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  14. Your presents look adorable!
    I love the way that you have even gotten presents for your pets, i do that too :]

    Ayeisha
    x

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  15. Merry Christmas, Rosie! xoxo

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  16. Aw bless Bodhi looking for your boyfriend, he sounds like such a little character! We'll definitely have to go for a coffee so we can swap crazy pet stories hahaha. I love that photo of the waterfall, I can't wait to have some spare time and car insurance so I can take my camera out to snap random photos (: I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Rosie, and well done to Tom! xxxx

    Btw, my Mama and I are going to attempt the Baileys fudge tomorrow, eeep!

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  17. Merry Christmas and a happy new year! God bless you! xoxo ♥

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  18. Wow, congratulations! Hope you have a lovely Christmas xx

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  19. I am on love with all your crafty creations :) It is such a personal and fun way to get presents for everyone, not to mention much cheaper :) Hope you have a super lovely Christmas x

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  20. This is a cute post, I hope you had a good christmas and are enjoying being back with the boyf today. Congrats to him on getting the job too, its always great when that happens!

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  21. your blog makes me feel a little less homesick every time I come for a nosey. Chewton Bunny is like a 2 minute walk from my house! xo

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