1) January 2nd marks ten years that Spiderman and I have lived happily in the UK. That was the best decision we ever made. It was certainly a leap of faith into the unknown, but we knew we adored Jolly Olde England and knew we needed a different life from the one we were living. As my mum can attest after two weeks of living with us and experiencing our lives--England is the perfect fit for us. While she was here we bought some art, saw a fantastic play, recycled oodles of stuff, ate delicious, healthy food, experienced a Pantomime, read heaps of books, made some crafty things and spent time at Meeting for Worship with an amazing group of Friends. We spent several days at church--mostly for worship but also for fun and games at our new year’s party. Pass the parcel, anyone?
2) We are one year away from the future predicted in the film Back to the Future II--where are the flying cars, self adjusting, self drying jackets and power shoelaces? Scientists you better get your skates on!
We heard from friends old and new and stuffed ourselves on puddings. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about--eating ‘til you spew? Or as our favourite musical comedy man Mitch Benn says, “The true meaning of Christmas is to eat until it hurts, then drink until it doesn’t hurt no more.” Or maybe that’s just here. We polished off a vegan version of Hello Dollies (using thick coconut caramel in place of sweetened condensed milk) and washed it down with a bottle of frangelico at Christmas and bottle of Buck’s Fizz at New Years.
We made crafty crafts--Mum and I made clove studded oranges. This was a childhood craft we used to make together every Christmas and makes your house smell lovely. I neglected to get a picture but they were wonderful.
I made a Doctor Who clock--stay tuned for a tutorial!