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My Weekly Round Up And Lots Of Fun

Another week nearer to Christmas arghhh

The clocks go back tomorrow and we will be thrown into the depths of winter. This week saw the start of festive thinking. Half term started for Joe on Thursday, poor Jack had to keep going until the end of the week. It’s been a long term! But this week has been lots of fun.

I started out trying to get some catching up done, but failed dramatically.

This week I have been easily distracted. And ended up doing a little Christmas decoration shopping, every year I leave it too late and end up with no choice. So this week I headed to HomeSence to get everything I would need to decorate my fireplace. We have a lovely wood-burning stove; it is the main feature of our lounge.  I love giving it a little festive makeover, I am thrilled with my choices, and cant wait to get decorating and share it.

I was also thrilled that my apple cake recipe post featured on the gorgeous Laura Ashley Blog this week, I LOVE Laura Ashley so it is such an honour. Laura Ashley is a brand I could literally fill my home with.

My Weekly Round Up And Lots Of Fun, Quick and Easy Spicy Autumn Apple Cake

It was also fab to hear that the lovely Emily Leary chose me as her choice of the month in the Good To Know #Biss monthly draw. One of the reasons I am so thrilled it that I linked up my post about the gorgeous Burgundy Backroads. A trip that will always be special to all, the people are the most beautiful warm people. The kind you want to share with the whole world.

On Wednesday I visited John Whaite’s Kitchen

It was part of an event arranged by AO.com, and myself and 5 other gorgeous bloggers (they were such a lovely bunch) got to make gingerbread latte swiss rolls, all under the close instruction of the lovely John. I love cooking events and all things food, so was in my element. Food is one of my fave subjects after travel. But I guess food and travel go hand in hand a little don’t they? My next aim is to find and book a food styling course, as it’s a subject that fascinates me.

Making A Gingerbread Latte Swiss Roll in John Whaite's Kitchen With AO

Thursday Joe and I worked on a little festive mission

It felt odd doing Christmas activities so early on, but we decided to embrace it, dug Michael Buble out, and had a festive afternoon. Do you know what?  We loved it, and ate gingerbread, drank hot chocolate with cream and had a thoroughly productive but fun afternoon. When you are 11 Christmas is always welcome isn’t it?

My Weekly Round Up And Lots Of Fun

And Friday was best friends day!

Yesterday Joe and I headed into Manchester with our besties. It has been decided bestie day is the going to be an annual event. Manchester has so much going on and is only 40 minutes by train. The aim of yesterday trip was to visit the football museum, although the boys had visited before they wanted to check out all the half term offerings, and lift the F.A Cup. We all spent ages in the history section of the museum which was fascinating.

Lunch was Spanish themed with tapas and cocktails at Las Tasca. And we rounded up the day swinging in hammocks at Cabana Brazil. Check out my what’s on guide for more of the exciting events in Manchester this week, there is so much going on, we were a bit disappointed we missed some of the Halloween events that start today.

My Weekly Round Up And Lots Of Fun

My Weekly Round Up And Lots Of Fun

My Gin of the Week is Raisthorpe Dry Gin

This is a very dry gin, and quite strong in taste. However although different to all the fruit infused gins I did still enjoy it. Especially with a few raspberries, I am thinking fruit in gin may be the way forward.

Today we off the Manchester United to watch Burnley play, then tonight we have a very special little ladies birthday party. When we wake up tomorrow we need to quickly pack and head of to Scotland and a few days chilling at Cameron Lodges. I have to say I am ready for a chill out.



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  1. 29th October 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Your photos are a feast for the eyes. It really does sound like you’ve had a great week. #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      30th October 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Ah thanks so much lovely lady and yes it has been a fab week xx

  2. 29th October 2016 / 5:29 pm

    What a full week, and you’ve captured it on film beautifully. Well done getting ahead with the festivities. I had not even thought about it a week ago but now I know what we’re doing and I’ve bought most of the kids pressies, too! I am loving the look of the raspberries in the gin, why have I never tried that?! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • SarahJChristie
      30th October 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Oh its the way forward Jocelyn they taste so good in gin. And part of your 5 a day ha ha x

  3. 4th November 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Phew Sarah another busy week for you. Huge well done for appearing on the Laura Ashley blog, what a huge honour. And even though I don’t know who John Whaite is, looked a great blogging event to go to which sounded perfect for you. Aw I love the sound of best friends day, love the picture of Joe and his friend with the poppy x

    • SarahJChristie
      5th November 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Tracey thanks so much, I know I LOVE Laura Ashley eek and John Waite is amazing just such a joy to be around it was a wonderful event x

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