Peace and Joy always

Peace and Joy always

Ho Ho Ho!
How are you?! Having a peaceful, joyful Christmas i hope.

Forgive the late post – been spinning like a top, cooking, entertaining and having way too much fun! My jaw aches from laughing!

Started with a lovely brisk walk after breakfast. The weather was glorious, so we walked down to the ghyll, the ancient woodland near where we live.

The kids couldn’t resist the playground of course –

… only Dad remained the steadfast adult. He is doing so well ! It was hard to keep up with him, he has such long strides!

Mum stayed with Dave at the house, to nurse the turkey while we took in the warm sun and the blue skies.

Our Christmas dinner was excellent, even if I say so myself. Blimey! At the age of 59, I’ve had enough practice! If I can’t roast a turkey and mash a few spuds, whatever next?! And Sheila was in charge of desserts, so that takes the heat off, doesn’t it?

We raised a glass of hope and love, said a prayer for those less fortunate, and simply savoured food and family.

Watched the Grinch on telly and now we ’re settling down to another evening of togetherness.

So on that note, I will wish you a very happy Christmas. I hope that you have also had a great day.

Love always,



24 thoughts on “Peace and Joy always

  1. Wishing you and all of the family a very Happy Christmas!
    It sounds like another perfect day. Neill and I are spening Christmas with with some wonderful supportive and loving family members.
    Feeling very lucky and loved. Happy Christmas to everyone on this amazing blog. Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

  2. Glad you had a lovely day. We spent it quietly & I got to play with Elizabeth (Groovi Christmas gift) whilst hubby slept off lunch! Enjoy your evening.

  3. Glad you had a lovely day. We spent it quietly & I got to play with Elizabeth (Groovi Christmas gift) whilst hubby slept off lunch! Enjoy your evening.

  4. Your family is amazing, so glad you had a good day. We had a lie in and a late breakfast, then with feet up and a cup of coffee we watched the 7am prog which we had recorded.
    Ray prepared the turkey 🦃 for roasting and I set the Christmas table and did the veg, then we relaxed with some films and a festive glass 🥂until it was all ready. This has been the best Christmas for us in several years.
    Hope it has been the same for everyone.
    Love to all 🍒🍒🍒

  5. So glad you had a lovely day with the family. The weather looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, even today.
    I hope everyone on the blog had a wonderful day too.
    Very best wishes to all. Annette X

  6. Merry Christmas to you all ! Your Dad looks very distinguished in his camel coat ! We had a quietish day, I cooked the turkey etc for hubby and our neighbor, turned out lovely. Her dogs came round for their presents and within 5 mins I had toy stuffing over the floor ! they had their Christmas dinner as well. Cat from along the road spent good part of day with us as well. So a good time was had by all! Do it all again tomorrow with my family and a buffet ! Now having a good old cup of tea ! X

  7. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your day. So glad your Dad is doing so well. We have also had a lovely day with our Son his wife and their two children and tomorrow we will be spending it with our Daughter her husband and our other two grandchildren. Wish you all a very Happy

    1. Happy Christmas Pam, glad you’ve had a lovely day – hope your back hasn’t been playing up. Love and hugs Alison xxx

  8. Good evening Barbara
    Thank you for sharing your Xmas day with us all
    Enjoy you family time
    Merry Christmas to you all xx

  9. Hi Barb,
    Happy Christmas!
    Thank you for your post today – sounds as though you’ve had a great day. Pleased to hear that your Dad is doing so well as well. We’ve had a lovely Christmas – went to my sister’s ( her turn to cook!) who unfortunately was a bit under the weather, but didn’t stop us from having a lovely day. I think it might have to be a walk tomorrow though to work off some of the excess calories of today! Love and hugs to you and your family and also to all bloggy friends , Alison xxx

  10. Happy Christmas to one and all. Had a smashing day, but so tired and aching all over but it was worth it, everyone said lunch was perfect! Hope everyone’s had a lovely time too and lovely to see your family (dad especially after his rough time) out enjoying the sunshine. Xx

  11. We had a great day to at Hannah’s for Christmas dinner have two great son-in-law’s who both love cooking miss able to cook the dinner for them all but Lee and Hannah did us proud afternoon of fun and games with lots laughter Rebecca and Craig did the starts lovely to we were in charge of puddings fun day all round glad you had a great day was lovely weather for walk. Of to bed night night sleep well xxx

  12. Bit of a rushing around day (duty driver) but it was lovely gathering everyone together for a delicious meal cooked by my husband.

  13. Craciun fericit from Romania! We’re having a lovely time with my daughter-in-law’s family. I’m cooking everyone a traditional English Christmas dinner today 🌲

  14. A beautiful family picture Barb, and your settings and food look great. Having family for Christmas is so special, and I have been blessed too this year with 13 sitting down for Christmas dinner. Take time to cherish and enjoy the company of all your loved ones. Bx

  15. Great to see your family celebration Barbara which is what it is all about and glad you having fun and enjoying the time spent together. Hubby and I were alone but we enjoyed our day and did op for the traditional turkey dinner this year. x

    1. Sorry, I haven’t had a drink yet today but can’t spell That should read ‘you are having fun’ and ‘did opt’. x

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