Chat chat chat…

Chat chat chat…

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Do come in, let me take your coat.
Would you like tea or coffee?
Sit down, pull up a chair by the Aga and warm your hands.
It’s great to see you again. Been far too long!
Chat chat chat…
We were only saying yesterday how lovely it is to all get together and catch up. Yes, it’s lovely having the kids home.
We had a great time with Mum, Dad and the Grays.
Chat chat chat..
Let me pop some sausage rolls and pigs in blankets in the oven. 
I’m sure you must be peckish.
Chat chat chat…
There are some mince pies and Christmas cake to start with. 
Chat chat chat…
Oh! And we’ve got enough cheese to open a shop! 
Let me take some out of the fridge for later.
Chat chat chat…
I’m just popping into town to pick up a friend and her son. They are going to join us, if that’s ok?
Ah yes, and here’s Mark’s old rugby friend, Sean. 
Nice to see you Sean! Come in. Won’t be long…
Chat chat chat..
Hi! I’m back now! Please allow me to introduce you to my dear friend and her son.
Chat chat chat…
And so it goes on downstairs in the kitchen.
Pots of tea and coffee, Stollen, chocolate – it’s ALL coming out of the cupboard.
I have withdrawn to my little room above the garage, to chat to you, to tell you the link to the bell ringing video from yesterday has been repaired, and is well worth a gander. Check it out!
But I LOVE this Christmas.
I LOVE having the family here, the friends showing up, the 
chat chat chat…
some silly, some serious.
Some happy, some sad.
It’s a rare thing indeed to have so many people here.
When the kids are home, their friends all turn up too.
Just like the good old days.
Yes. I love it.
So if you don’t mind, I shall get back to them, and savour every minute of it. There’ll be plenty of time to sit here alone and do artwork when they have all departed again.
Chat chat chat…
Love & Hugs,

20 thoughts on “Chat chat chat…

  1. Loved the bells. What a giggle. Tis lovely to have special people home even if for a short while. Son back to uni next week, far too soon. May the cheery days continue while they can xx

  2. The bells, the bells Esmerelda…. I did guess it before Mark announced the tune! Love how seriously your dad was concentrating and Steve's timing was….well lets not go there…great fun, loved the laughs and giggles! Definitely enjoy your time with family and friends, we've had a house full this afternoon as grandchildren visited, lots of laughs here too (sadly no bells tho')! Stay warm and cosy xxx

  3. I have just watched the bells video and it “warmed the cockles”. What fun! And what I would give to share such a moment with my dear Mum, siblings and kids and grandkids all together. Such moments are very special and to be treasured.
    Enjoy every moment of the rest of the holidays, as it will recharge your batteries for what will no doubt be another busy year for you and Clarity.
    Your blog deserves all the awards, as you take the time to spend with us every day and it is appreciated and enjoyed. Thank you Barbara! Annette x

  4. Capture this time of love and laughter and keep it in your heart , to be brought out in years to come when happy memories can turn a grey day, well, Gray!! Every happiness to you and your family. Live in the present moment and savour it to the full.
    For those of us living in our memories, for who the happier times have been wrapped in love to bring out when needed, , enjoy the warmth of times past and squeeze every bit of happiness, wherever it turns up, from the present.

  5. Go enjoy your time with them all time goes so fast loved those days when house was full of youngsters the girls and there friends. Know allmartied and children of own. Use to leave them looking after katie and Sandie of an evening to come home to a pile of trainer by front door all watching a movie playing games house was always buzzing cubboards empty loved every minute of it xx

  6. Well Barbara – thanks for the tea and cake! I really enjoyed sitting down there for a moment and sharing in with your chat. I listened to the bells earlier – what can I say, wonderful! So pleased to hear what a very happy time is being had by you all! Enjoy every moment! Love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

  7. Hi Barb,
    All I can say is, enjoy and treasure this time with those you love. I've just watched the idea and was chuckling along with you all. I actually thought you did really well as I knew it was 'We wish you a Merry Christmas'. You Dad's face was a picture of concentration. I'm pleased you all enjoyed yourselves. Enjoy the rest of the time with the family. Love and hugs Alison xxxx

  8. Caught up with the bells, hilarious to watch you all so intent on not missing your cue that you weren't joining the notes up to pick out the tune. Its good to have fun family time making memories. Stay safe everyone who have to go out on the roads especially those that are effected by the snow & ice.

  9. I feel I have a chat with you every day when I read your blog. Have listened to the bells – memory made to treasure, fun, happiness and a touch of concentration rings out with the chimes. Enjoy the rest of the time with your family, and thanks for taking a little of your time, for our little chat. Love and hugs xxx

  10. Have just watched the video and Mark makes a great conductor. I have to say I had absolutely no idea what you were playing but you all did very well, just having a lot of fun. This sort of thing is what Christmas is all about and having people popping in and out is so lovely. x

  11. Hi Barbara
    Thank you for letting me sit next to the aga it was lovely and warm. Sounds like a perfect Christmas. I've just watched the bell ringing video, oh it did make me laugh, we've got those for new year! Sorry I've been missin, I was away staying with family with poor internet connection, so a belated happy Christmas to everyone. Now go back to the chatter and enjoy having the house full.
    Love Diane xxx

  12. Hello Barb, it sounds like you had a real houseful. We did too, over 3 days. So glad you are enjoying the break and having all the family around. Love the bell ringing clip, such fun. Take care all. Bx

  13. Just what Christmas is all about and I am so glad that you have enjoyed it. You have given us so many of moments of enjoyment over the past year and so many exciting projects with lots of exciting news too. Wishing you Dave and all the Clarity team a healthy happy and successful New Year

  14. How I wish every Christmas could be like the one you describe above. So glad you have your family around you to enjoy it as you work so hard all year.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year

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