I hope you’ve all had a great couple of weeks – I can’t believe we’re at the end of November already! The countdown to Christmas is almost upon us! 😊
I was in Bath this weekend for my annual girly trip away to shop the infamous ‘Black Friday’ sales, and check out the glorious sight that is Bath at Christmas time. If you’ve never made it over to the Bath Christmas market, it is well worth your time. Bath has a real charm about it before you even start to add sprinkles of Christmas cheer – so with that added on, it’s a brilliant way to get you into the festive mood! I would strongly recommend going during the week if you can – the weekends are absolutely jam packed, and you can get a little lost in the crowds…but during the week, it’s a lot easier to manoeuvre – and you gain much better access to the mulled wine stands…
Our annual Bath trip usually involves an activity of some kind – two years ago we went to the theatre, last year we blew glass baubles – this year, we made slippers. Now, I will just start by saying that I am not a creative person. If Richard asks me to sew a button on, I get stressed. In fact, I don’t actually know where I would find a needle and thread in our house right now, so fingers crossed nothing comes adrift, or gets ripped ever again. So, the idea of slipper making, while it filled me with the giggles – also filled me with a fair amount of dread. But I’m always up for giving something new a good go, whether it gives me the fear or not – and so post-lunch, we ventured over to ‘The Makery’ to meet our tutors.
I’ve attached the photos of my slipper making below (don’t laugh…) – a lengthy little process, but an interesting one! It certainly gave me a new-found respect for anyone who does anything involving a needle and thread – you must all be born with the patience of a saint.
The fact that I ventured anywhere near a sewing machine was nothing short of a miracle, as I believe the last time I went near one, I inadvertently managed to sew myself to it. The final result wasn’t bad – considering when we went in, all we had was a sole, some material and an instruction sheet. The slippers had beaten all of my expectations just by being wearable – so I was happy with my little pair. It’s another tick off the invisible bucket list.
I managed to get a couple of bargains in the Black Friday sales…although to what extent they are marked up prior to the event, I don’t know – but I think I did well. I stocked up important things such as Christmas earrings, Christmas jumpers, and the all-important Christmas socks…so I should be set for the month ahead. I did spot some incredible offers on toothbrushes when I was out and about – especially in Boots. If you’ve not converted over to the electric toothbrush – this is definitely the time of year to consider doing it! You can grab yourself a fairly decent Oral-B electric toothbrush for around the £30 mark at the moment, or one of the Sonicare range of brushes for less than half price – so well worth hunting down a bargain like that if you’re in need of a change! I was so tempted to get myself the new Oral-B rose gold coloured electric brush, but it just seemed a little unnecessary when the one I have is in good working order…it’s not as pretty, but I suppose it does the same job.
There’s still time to book in with us before Christmas – there’s even just about enough time to get yourself a brighter smile ready for Father Christmas…! The Briars is dressed up ready for the festive season ahead, the elves have already been in to decorate – when will you be putting up your tree!?
Amy xBack to blog
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