Both Christmas cakes have been baked, I always put them upside down on the cake board, I can then tuck the marzipan in along the bottom, giving a neater finish to the icing. Both cakes have had a drink of brandy, daughters cake will now be covered in marzipan, I only ever give it one drink as Will loves cake, and I'm not prepared to let him eat boozy cake. Our cake will get a few more drinks, I am only decorating our cake this year, Will and daughter will do theirs.
We decided to be naughty this year, I love Galaxy and hubby loves Thorntons, a couple of years ago I made hubby an advent calendar and I had a yarn calendar, but these are much cheaper and the chocolate inside is much smaller. I am hoping the inside is foil and not too much plastic.
I have a couple of presents to wrap, for my sister and her partner, I don't think they will visit before Christmas and we have no plans to drive down to Somerset again this year. My brother is here next weekend and I will have everything ready for him to take back. We never spend huge amounts, just something I know they will love. My sister does not read this blog.
My cactus is blooming, it always blooms early, brings colour into the bathroom, these blooms will last a long time, I never move this plant from this spot.
I am fully into Christmas preparations, we did a big supermarket shop last week, so we have all our treats, tucked away until the week before the big day. I read somewhere that once Halloween has finished it's full on Christmas, that is the case here, I want to not have to go out when everywhere will be so crowded. We are popping into town later this week for just a couple of things, it's great to be ahead of the rush.
TV ad breaks have started to show Christmas adverts, just incase you forget that unmissable item every home should have, I sit and shake my head, but I'm so glad we have stepped away from it all.
I am not making as much craft as I usually do, no-one needs home knitted socks this season, but I do have a pair I am knitting myself. I am almost finished the french knots in the 'S' shape, once done I will make a cushion for my friend, I have all I need. Luna Lapin is taking shape, this is for baby Molly, I am thinking of making Luna a brother called Alba (meaning daybreak, sun) might be fun to have a pair. I am glad I finished the grandchildren's stockings last month, seen here.
After the heavy rain and windy days over the weekend , its a much drier forecast this week, I hope to get outside and tidy the back garden, mainly picking up leaves from neighbours trees, our Magnolia still has all its green leaves.