So how was your Christmas? I spent most of the day with my brother and his family who live near by. For the first Christmas that I can remember we didn't have Turkey, but lamb. My sister in law cooked us a lovely leg of lamb with all the trimmings. She had thought about getting a turkey, but the fresh ones were ridiculously expensive this year and she said when it came down to it she couldn't bring herself to pay £45 on a turkey. And I completely get that and as turkey is my least favourite meat I wasn't about to complain. (
I think I only have one hand made present, which I kept under wraps before Christmas, to share with you now and that's of this bag I made for a Book Crossing Friend. I can't reference a particular pattern because I took bits from about three and added my only touches and twists. I used fusible fleece to give it some extra padding and structure. It was made in a bit of a hurry because having cut out all the pieces I left it for ages before I assembled it and it was right up to the deadline before I was stitching!
It seems that for another year spending any part of the holiday with Chief has gone by the way side as just after Christmas his dad was admitted to hospital and has been kept in. Even if he is sent home it's unlikely that Chief will make it down here now for New Year as planned. As his dad lives at the other end of the country it's not like he can just 'pop' home if his dad takes a turn for the worst. On the plus side he did promise me before Christmas that he'd be taking me to Paris if he didn't get down. And the Paris trip would be a birthday treat as near to my birthday as possible. Now my birthday is in January so part of me is getting excited. Only I'm trying to keep that in check because we were most definitely going on holiday in the Autumn after certain people had been deployed, leaving Chief with more time. Only that never happened. So you know, unless I get a picture of me stood at the foot of the Eiffel tower (and my photo shopped into shot, does not count). I won't believe that I'm actually going to Paris.