I have to say, I LOVE Christmas, but don't feel the excitement much these days and the last few years, I've only ever really felt Christmassy (that's such a terrible word!) on Christmas Eve, by which time, its almost all over!
This year, I have my parents coming over to the boat on Christmas Eve as they are spending Christmas in Manchester city centre this year. We won't be joining them on the big day but will make up for that on Xmas eve anyway, I'm sure! The scary thing is, I'm contemplating making a roast beef on the boat with 4 of us on board?! Have I lost it??!
Well, like everyone else, it was incredibly stormy here the other day. We nearly lost a plantpot or two (! ha! the drama!) before we managed to rescue everything off the roof just in time. We secured all the solar panels too and then literally just sat it out. The boat was moving around a hell of a lot but nothing compared to what I remember when we were once moored in Castlefield!
Eddie was on edge the whole day, his face was pretty much like this the whole time:
Anyway, going back to Christmas.... We still haven't gone back to our mooring yet as we are still out and about. It's nice to move around and just remember you ARE on a boat and it does move! ;)
Today we moved a little bit further out and are completely in the middle of nowhere with not even any other boats nearby. I love it! I can't stand having people next to me - never understood why boaters have to moor so close to each other when they're out on the cut...
Anyway, we moved the boat late morning today and then tried to get into the Christmas spirit! We decided we wanted some kind of decoration on the "bubble" this year, so decided that instead of having flowers over the Christmas period, we would make some sort of festive twig display. We went out and cut some twigs/sticks yesterday, and I got some glitter and glue from a toy shop yesterday afternoon.
I dipped each twig end in the glue, then in the glitter. I also covered some plain snowflake decorations in the glitter which we've hung on the twigs too
We arranged the twigs in the vase, and just hung dried slices of lemon and lime as well as whole ones (dried)....
I got Pav to do the threading ;)
I think it looks really good and cost next to nothing to make!