[Daily News] – My Rather Late Christmas Holiday Post

A nice morning to blog about my adventures over Christmas.

I would be writing this with a cup of tea, but I wore new shoes out and now I’m stuck in my bed with terribly sore feet.

I’m talking blisters! (and still no tea)

I would suggest getting comfy (with tea (and biscuits too!!) because it is a little lengthy this post)


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Have a listen to an artist to which I had the pleasure of meeting, a couple years ago in London.

Alison Sudol is – A Fine Frenzy – Now Is The Start


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So I headed back to Hampshire earlier than planned. The last week and a half, I had been battling some illness that left me like an empty shell. I suspect it was food related, but it was horrible, I couldn’t eat or drink either. I lost a huge amount of weight that left me gaunt looking. I went to the doctors and on a Sunday evening was told I was fine.

I felt rough and sick, nauseous, dehydrated, cold, hot, upset and was in pain. Even now I am unsure what it was. Thankfully though, I’m feeling much better and keeping food in my body. Still drinking plenty of water and resting.

Because of this, I was signed off from work and I headed back home to Hampshire, to rest in a warm house.

Is it bad I thought, ‘at least I lost some weight, especially along the waistline’. No Tom, just no!


Before I headed back home, my flatmates and I had a little Christmas meal before we all departed to family and loved ones. It was lovely!


B A C K   I N   H A M P S H I R E


As it came towards Christmas, and after I kept my first meal down the night before on my mums birthday I decided to pop into Farnham (where I grew up and went to uni there). Mum and I went into town to get some last bits, real casual and at our own pace. I did joke about the people dining in view of the shops, clearly laughing at the people who were panic buying.

So I wanted to dress up nicely and I polished my shoes I used to wear all the time in Farnham. Sadly these little shoes were worn to such a state, that the tips of the shoes have been worn away. I wear them on special occasions only.


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Once in town, we headed to some shops to find some odd bits for stockings.

I decided to snapchat my entire day to my new friend Will, also thinking that it would be great for my blog too.

In fact the whole holidays I snapped an awful lot. So be warned!

Mum made me try on a shirt for my dad at ‘Crew Clothing’ – It was lovely. but a size to big for me. Especially with my post illness gaunt body.


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After our trips around the town centre and after the trip to the flourist.


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We needed a coffee to just sit and rest. Luckily I got dibs on where to go and we headed to Maison Blanc. Having blogged about this wonderul cafe before, and since I havent been able to find one in Kingston yet! I needed some of their macaroons.


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It got to that point in the day too, where we both were feeling a little hungry. So we decided to indulge in Lavender Macaroon or 5. No sadly, we only had one each, there were only a small portion on stand, even though I could have quite easily inhaled more.


Because I was in Farnham, I headed to this wonderful shop. Sadly I still don’t know the name, but I got my tux for prom there. It is magic.

A very proud, British country gent shop. I took some snaps, also missing a couple as the photos did not come out too well. NEXT TIME!


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After that we headed to Waitrose for the most unrelaxing shop against the horde of fantic last minute shoppers. We just needed some stuff for lunch that day!


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We finished some last minutes decorations when we got home and was just lazy.


C H R I S T M A S   D A Y


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So Christmas this year was different than my previous holidays. Firstly it was at my house, back home in Kingsley. We usually head on over to another Cooper clan’s house for a large family get together. After last years ‘Eastenders’ style one, we wanted to have that intimate initial family one. It was quaint and even feeling a little down from my sickness, helped out with the tree and the meal. Even stretched it to a glass of wine. (or two!)

It was lovely to have a chilled, no fuss day without arguing (only a little with the younger brothers). I cannot wait for one year, when I have a flat nice enough to host Christmas.


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So here are some shots of the house in its festive glory. Now onto the food (YAAAS!!) Oh, I do like my food! Especially with an appetite coming back to me.


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This is actually the best combination. Brussel sprouts with lightly toasted, flaked almonds. PERF


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Goose fat roast potatoes are the only way to do them.


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This was the final outcome!


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Topped off the day with the gifts from the family and it was lovely. Whilst everyone was enjoying the evening, I was lounged in front of the tv watching a festive film that was on. It was Predator. As in, Alien and Predator, Predator. I just dont even know how that is related to Christmas.


So I wanted to wish some of my snappers a Happy Christmas – So even though it is already mid January I am writing this, hoping that the Thorpe family had a smashing holidays! Also to Carol too, who is another close friend. Hoping you all had a lovely few days of rest!


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Decided to snap to various people and just take some fun shots. So since I was a little under the weather, I was more on the SHLOER, rather the wine.


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I headed up to bed after a near midnight shop. I bought myself some new London style clothes for my London look. I mean I have the gap in the front teeth already and those long eyelashes. Just need myself a city look to match! Get the London look am I right!

I had done a little online shopping and with my savings, slash Christmas funds and ordered some new pieces for this London look.


– IMAGINE SOME TIME HAS PASSED –


As I write this, there has been a little break, but I’m back after a very stressful electric bill scare! But I’m sorted and my clothes that I ordered, have finally arrived and we are all cool!

I shall write a post separately about them so stayed tuned. Worth a read on that one!


I forgot to mention that we had a flat fire too. Not a large one, but a socket caught fire from this wall heater. Needless to say the smell was awful and after we got through to the landlord, it eventually got fixed. It gave us all a shock to be fair, we werent expecting that!

Just some added info about the holidays before I went to Hampshire!!


B A C K   T O   T H E   N I C E   P A R T S   O F   C H R I S T M A S


So here is my outfit for Christmas day. Managed to make this cable knit jumper work! Its taken me awhile!


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Needless to say my favourite gift was this to myself. THANK YOU POUNDLAND. This was literally £1 and back in the day, was my first ever CD. I cant remember if I have it still, so wanted to bring back that memory, as it was Christmas many years ago I first got this.


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I wont lie, the next morning I felt like this.


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B O X I N G   D A Y


So Boxing day was nice as we headed to our close friends, the Sharpes. I was heading back to Kingston so they kindly gave us a lunch meal instead of the usual evening dinner festivities. It was wonderful and lovely to see them all.


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We drank, played games, talked and just enjoyed the day.


So that about wraps up my holidays. I apologies for it being late and for being ill and not writing when I should have.


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Many thanks for reading, I hope my new friends, family, readers and passers by had a beautiful holidays!

Take care

-Thomas


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