For the first time in years Julia and I spent Christmas at home. There were a few reasons for this but we knew it would lead to a relaxed day. I am going to use this blog to thank all for the presents that we both received. Julia made a splendid dinner after we opened the presents. Here is our thanks in photographs;
Julia bought me the Beekeepers Bible, hopefully my next hobby
I was given books that followed my interests perfectly, Beekeeping and Chris Hadfield (ISS) from Julia, 50 years of Doctor Who from my parents
I gave my wife a trug she wanted and a wood seed tray. Thankfully she was very happy!
Hubble and Jamie were given a present of toys from my parents that kept Hubble busy for a while
Thank you Sam and Emma for Julia's gingerbread man
Look at the size of my smarties tube...thanks to Sam and Emma I have smarties for at least a month!
Now this is a top idea, a recycled flattened bottle for use as a coaster
Thank you to Alex and Donna
Alex and Donna bought this great skillet for Julia
Julia makes lovely Nigella Lawson eggs in purgatory so thank you from me too!
Thank you Alex and Donna for the coffee and Marshall stack!
Coffee is in my morning routine so I get through quite a lot of the wonder bean
Julia loves sewing and particularly patchwork quilts so her Mum and step father Rod bought her a Jane Brocket book on the subject as well as.........
The most fantastic handmade quilt
It must have taken Julia's Mum Linda a long time to make this one!
Julia was given a lovely cushion from her friend Donna
My wife does seem to love owls and this is a cute one
Hubble was excited just to be able to have a piece of paper to himself
I want to end with a very enjoyable film I watched to round off Christmas day. It is by a Finnish director called Jalmari Helander and certainly was a truly different Tim Burtonesque piece of cinema. The movie was called ‘Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. It was based on a story by the Helander Brothers. I don’t want to ruin the film for those who may want to watch it but it is quite dark. Made in 2010 it is not your usual Santa film. Quite gory in places, the film is not for children! It plays with the genre, along the lines of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' but with even more horror. Watching it on Christmas day made it very interesting indeed.
The unconventional film stars Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakabi and Onni Tommila.