Monday, 4 January 2016

What I did at the weekend?

Happy New Year to you all!  I know that I said it on New Years Day, but there is nothing wrong with saying it again is there.  I hope that your Christmas and New Year were good for you and that 2016 will be a great year for all of us!

This weekend we dedecorated, took down the tree, wrapped up all of the decorations and put them away in the loft.  Today I have the Christmas china/candle holders/mugs etc to wrap up and put away and then it will all be done.  Bar the chocolate and the rest of the cake.  Thank you notes have even been sent already.

The weather has been atrocious, raining and raining and raining some more, but nothing like as bad as some parts of the country have had.  For us I am glad of that, but my heart does go out to those of you who have been so terribly affected by flooding in recent weeks.  I hope that you will soon be able to return to your homes and normal lives.

As the weather hasn't been good we have spent most of the Christmas period indoors, watching tv, I have been doing some more of my tapestry, having finished most of my crochet projects, and as I reported on Saturday catching up with some reading.

I haven't done a review of last year at all, I have no desire to look back!  I am all about the onwards and upwards as I wrote on New Years Eve.  Plans for today - other than packing up the china - include going for a walk, no matter what the weather.  Even if it is just once around the block.  I am also going to try and allot 30 minutes a day to writing and another 30 to another project that I am working on.

All ways of moving onwards and upwards.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of my Gifty Giveaway is Lisa from Into The Glade.  Lisa, please can you e-mail me with your address details so that I can get the parcel in the post to you.  Thank you everyone who took part.

Sorry there isn't a photo of the draw.  Last week I printed out the comments - as there were so many! - and put them in my big teacup, drew the winner, threw away the slips of paper and then only realised as I went to write this post no photo... but trust me, Lisa was the winner!  I can leave you with some photos of my big teacup though from my archive...  Does that count?  My photography has been rubbish over Christmas, must get back to it!





Today I am linking with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise to share what I did at the weekend.

Now, please excuse me.  I need to go and look for some suitable clothes for that walk!

Amy

p.s. don't forget to go and visit Amanda at Crafty In The Med to see her giveaway!

40 comments:

  1. We have four dogs to walk each day, and it is wet and muddy wherever we go at the moment. However, I really feel I shouldn't complain, because as you pointed out, those poor people affected by the floods are having a terrible time. The trouble is, as the spring approaches, and the weather improves (hopefully), it is all too easy to forget that their misery is probably ongoing.
    I too am putting the Christmas crockery away today. The front door wreath will be left until twelfth night, but everything else is packed away until next Christmas.

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  2. The Christmas mugs are the last job here as well! I'll be doing those at some point today. The whole mug cupboard needs sorting though, we had some new ones as gifts and room has to be made.
    Lisa x

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  3. I just spotted a piece of tinsel around a picture in the hall - there's always something left when you do the Christmas de-decorating, isn't there? At least I spotted it in January this year and not February which has happened on occasion! :oD

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  4. You sound very organised Amy, and I like your plan to walk and write for 30 minutes each every day. I'm wishing you a very happy New Year. CJ xx

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  5. That teacup is amazing! Wonderful, happy new year :)

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  6. I like your teacup. It's possibly big enough to hold the amount of tea I drink every day! It's a good plan to walk and write every day. I'm enjoying the walking challenge so far. It's a good habit to get in to. X

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  7. The weather has been dreadful hasn't it, I must also get out for a walk this afternoon as haven't really done any walking since New Year's Eve. Mind you I shouldn't really complain as lots of people have had far more devastating outcomes from the weather than just being cooped up indoors. Hope your New Year plans go well. xx

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  8. We removed the tree and decorations and cards a few days ago but I've yet to clean the room thoroughly. Today I've been writing, my latest piece for the Property Section of the local paper. This is just a fun thing I do occasionally. But that's now been filed and I can make a start on some cooking.

    I love that large cup and saucer, Amy! What a whopper it is! I think it would look good filled with green apples in the spring, or fir cones in the winter.

    Happy New Year and no, it doesn't hurt to say it over and over again! We all need to spread a little happiness!

    Margaret P

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  9. nice weekend! we finally have a dusting of snow, I'm sure it'll disappear in a few hours but it was a welcome sight!! We've been walking daily even though it's quite chilly outside, brr.

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  10. Nasty weather really puts a damper on the weekend, right. Our weekend was similar, with not a lot of sunshine, a bit of rain, and really chilly and damp weather in general.

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  11. i love how you measure. a hand measure. i will go check out the giveaway now. thanks for the tip. ( :

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  12. We took the tree and decorations down at the weekend too. It was back to work for Mick today and back to school for Eleanor and I like to have the house back to normal for when that happens. I hope you didn't get too wet on your walk. It's been raining here all day today but having a dog means that I have to go out rain or shine.

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  13. The cup is really lovely. So glad you are all packed up, it feels very good to get things sorted and back to normal.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  14. Doesn't the house look plain without all those decorations and twinkly lights :( But oh boy I too am fed up with all this rain.

    But like you Amy I agree that there is lots to look forward to in 2016 :)

    Happy New Year

    Angela

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  15. I love your fabulous cup Amy...It's wonderful. Thank you for your comment about Stella...she is a hard act to follow...we miss her but she did have a good life with us. I'm loving my twelve days of Christmas gifts...Debbie xx

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  16. Your weekend sounds a lot like mine Amy, I'm always glad to get the decorations down and out of the way. Congratulations to Lisa! I love your beautiful cup. :) x

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  17. Taking the tree and decorations down figured in my weekend. I'm not as organised as you though, they are yet to make it back into the loft.
    Enjoy your walk - have a good splash in the puddles!

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  18. I should be out walking too, it's easier if you get in a routine plus when the sun's out!x

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  19. Happy New Year!! We packed up Christmas today and put it away in the loft! I am always glad to get back into my routine after the festive season.

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  20. Before Xmas I tried to have a daily walk, felt good for doing it but was too busy to keep it up at the time. You have given me the push I need to start again :)

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  21. We have sunshine and snow and COLD weather. Loving it :) Your weekend was much like mine ... boxing up Christmas and I'm so glad to have some space in my living room again. (why oh why did we buy such a huge tree!) My agenda this year is to declutter some more. I get so far and then I just can't make a decision to save my life. So I feel motivated again now that the decorations are away and it seems a fresh start. Enjoy that walk and have a great week Amy!
    Wendy x

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  22. I'm popping by (belatedly) to wish you a Happy New Year Amy, and only good things in 2016.

    Hopefully I'm finally back in the land of blog!

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  23. Hey Amy,
    We went out for a walk yesterday in between the torrential rain showers. I have cabin fever! We are set for more bad weather this week #gritsteethandpullsonwaterprooftrousers
    Leanne xx

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  24. I've left my china on the dining room table for now, it is clean!! Good luck with your walking x

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  25. Thank you letters done and posted here too and everything tidied away waiting for next year :o) Been outside all afternoon in rain and sun- it was loverly. I second Leanne's comment! Love the china- very pretty but enormous! Must now go and catch up with Jo or she'll think I'm ignoring her! CT xx

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  26. Hope you enjoyed your walk. I am waiting for twelfth night to take down all the Christmas décor, but to be truthful I will be glad to get it all put away.

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  27. That china is enormous! Wishing you a happy new year. Sarah x

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  28. Walking is one thing I really must do more of this year and not get "sunburnt" on my face as I did on Sunday. I'm for looking ahead too, but no challenges, just a few gentle goals. It is good to see what we've achieved craft wise though, after a year has gone. Take care.

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  29. Happy New Year Amy! I hope the putting away of decorations went well. I always find it takes longer than I expect. We still have some cake left too. I also hope you had a good walk, and that the rain stopped for you.
    Cathy x

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  30. Thank you so much for the mention Amy. I have added you to the list of course :-)
    We don't take the decorations down until twelfth night as it is the night of the 3 kings here when more gifts are given out to the children everyone has a big family dinner again and the Day of the Kings on 6th January is a another fiesta day . I usually start taking down the decorations on 6th when everyone has gone home. Very windy here...still sunny but nasty cold wind.

    keep well

    Amanda x

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  31. I am glad that you are safe from floodwaters but my heart also goes out to those affected. May these events bring about long-term solutions to prevent such disasters in future. I can relate to not caring for looking back on 2015. Let's move on with 2016!

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  32. Hi Amy, I did the same thing as you this weekend and I still have boxes to sort and out away!! I wish you a happy & healthy new year. Enjoy the start of the week.
    Julie

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  33. dedecorated - what a great word! good luck with your plans to walk and write! x

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  34. Wow! You do love your tea. ☺ Congrats to your winner!

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  35. Hello Amy. Happy New Year to you! Oh my but that is a huge teacup!! I wonder if it's meant to be a planter. I have heard about the terrible flooding in England and seen photos. My heart breaks for those affected by all the devastation. I hope you have a very nice week ahead. xx Pam

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  36. Happy New Year Amy. Hope 2016 is a happy and healthy year for you! X

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  37. We had a very busy weekend and got a lot done, too, including packing away all the Christmas stuff, taking several bags of things to Goodwill for donation, grocery shopping, getting a new car battery, hanging a pair of curtains...nothing very exciting, but at least we got things done! Hope you enjoyed your walk.

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  38. I like the idea of calling it "re-decorating" after putting away the xmas stuff. With everything so bare it does give you the chance to put a new look on one's home. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  39. Happy New Year !! This weekend I was still with some relatives ans I think I'll put all the x-mas stuff away later .... Have a lovely day !

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  40. Happy new year! As usual you are very organised. (I've been clearing and tidying a room at a time). I hope you enjoy and find satisfaction in the new projects you have planned for this year.

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