Saturday, 21 November 2009

Christmas time again




Sreepur Cards


I was going to urge you to buy these beautiful cards for Christmas, but they are sold out. Maybe next year. What an amazing set up though, I would have bought the cards just to frame them for myself.
I always make my own cards and am trawling for ideas as we write, luckily I have pared my card list to the bone so I only have to make around 20.
My present list is pretty minimal too, as I go away I tend to only give to those I see i.e, colleagues in my department and close family. This year is as follows;
  • Daisy, tickets to see an Inspector Calls plus a meal out
  • Kitty, trip to Lille Christmas market plus spending money.
  • Lucy, tickets to see The Priory at The Royal Court, plus lunch in the wonderful cafe below.
  • Mother, I have bought some fair trade beads from Africa to make her a necklace, plus hopefully a small still life painting.
  • Julia, she is a tough one, she does have an Amazon wish list cluttered full of some of the worst DVD's you could ever hope to find at the bottom of a jumble sale box of left overs. The list is sprinkled liberally with books from her other two passions in life, witchcraft and cooking roadkill* I did try to locate a book that would maybe combine these skills something like 'How to spit roast the local witch' or 'pickling toads and broom sticks' sadly such a book is still waiting to be written. Last year I ended up buying her daughter a very generous voucher to a gruesome Goth shop on Goodramgate, when I presented it Julia's bottom lip quivered and she actually asked where her present was, so this year sod it I will buy them both a crate of local Meade!
Daisy and Kitty had initially opted for a new phone and an iPod respectively, I told them to smile sweetly at their father who told me only a few weeks ago that he was broke and was saving to buy a house and a car. Two weeks later I discover he has high tailed it to Vietnam on tour with his friend. bear in mind he has just spent a month on honeymoon in Australia and you will see why I sent them in his direction. It is his job to spend the big bucks, if he has any left!
*Julia is really brilliant at making edible the stuff from hedgerows and fields. Clear jelly's and various cordials are her speciality. She is also a BIG fan of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall having been to two of his teaching days at River Cottage

3 comments:

Looking Fab in your forties said...

Why are absent Fathers so useless when it comes to spending money on their kids? I have had to buy Daughter 3 her passport and provisional licence but he bought both these items for Daughters 1 & 2, funny how both were needed as he and wife were jetting off to Cuba, although he has never once took the girls abroad? A trip to Devon in April hardly counts as a great holiday in my book!

materfamilias said...

My chef daughter is a huge Whittingstall fan! She'd be quite impressed at the idea of being able to go to his teaching days.
I haven't even begun to think about Christmas gifties -- usually wait 'til classes are done. And, of course, despite my best intentions, as soon as I start shopping I see so much that I want for myself so it's best to stay out of the shops 'til as late as possible. . .

indigo16 said...

Yes, the girls father has only ever taken them away when he is part of an extended family holiday. I could argue that he does not know what he is missing, but I will be less tolarant if he starts another family and this time does do it.

mater,it is such a shame your daughter cannot fly over, as both my sister and mother raved about the fun they had. And yes, I too struggle to buy for others when so much looks so good for me!