Here is the super giant package that I sent to my MIA partner Cocorific
Included is Lilac of course
- the winter hat and scarf I made her
- scrapbook (really wish I'd taken piccies of the inside of this
- favourite cotswold (where I live, Gloucestershire in The Cotswolds) recipes book
- Beautiful Cotswolds 2009 calendar
- Cotswolds and Wales postcards
- Welsh lovespoon
- Animal stickers
- Cotswold tea towel
- cd of photos
- Daily Mail puzzle book
- 3-pack of Kinder eggs
- marshmallow flump
- Cadbury's creme egg
- Cadbury's mini eggs
- burgundy satiny tote bag made by me (below)
Super Monkey all snuggled up in his sleeping bag and ready for his long journey!!
Wed 12th Nov 08 - Lilac arrives
Yey, Lilac has arrived in super speedy time, and check out her sweet sleeping bag and pillow! Mmm she brought some yummy hostess goodies! I don't like nuts so Mr Loops tucked into the choccie bar, and I've already scoffed one of the yummy hot chocolates that Lilac brought!
Lilac is really shy and her arrival was a little overwhelming, so she found a couple of places that she found comforting, by some of my snuggly fabrics and with one of our wifi bunnies.
After she'd settled in a bit she offered to help me chop up some veg so I could make a nice thai sweet potato, chicken and chilli soup for tea, yum. And after tea we did a little crafting which made her feel much more at home.
Hugsie has volunteered to stay with Lilac on her first night under a foreign roof
Thurs 13th Nov 08
Lilac spent her first full day in England by coming to the office with me. She found it understandably boring sat amongst my desk junk but she enjoyed watching the fishies, and when we got home I let her play WiiFit with Gary the Snail!
Sat 15th Nov 08 - Day out in Cardiff
Spent the weekend over in Wales for 2 days of Xmas shopping with my mates Jo (otherwise known as Poo Shoes) and Sammy. On Saturday we went shopping in Xmassy Cardiff.
And as food is veeery important to us, we spent much of the day eating yummy food
First off, lunch in O'Neills pub for blackened salmon salad.
Then stopping off for coffee to rest our weary feet and backs (
I had loooots and looooots of shopping bags!)
Then after the shops finally closed it was time for cocktails!!
And finally in Zizzi's restaurant waiting to have a food splurge after our tiring day! See how drunken Jo thought it was fun to pretend to black pepper Lilac when she wasn't looking.
Sammy and Lilac impatiently waiting for our train back to Jo's house to arrive!
Sun 16th Nov 08 - More shopping!
Trip to discount outlet stores in Bridgend, and mooore food! We managed to arrive before the stores had all opened, so started off with a coffee and cinnamon bun, yum. And at lunch time Lilac and I shared the English speciality of fish and chips and mushy peas, mmmmm
Wed 26th Nov 08 - BBC Good Food Show
Travelling from Cheltenham to Birmingham New Street on the train, Lilac took charge of the tickets as I attempted to paint my finger nails (and got most of it over my hands instead
) And then sitting between Mr Loops and Mr Sammy on the short train trip to Birmingham International
Our first stop of the day, the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) tasting session, yum yum yum!!! I hadn't bought Lilac a separate ticket so she had to share my ales but I didn't mind as I came down with a bad cold that day and felt pretty poorly
Meeting the Town Crier chap that had been very loudly telling people about the campaign!
Later on in the day having a drink in the Guinness bar, Lilac is resting in the wine glass holder I made to wear to the show, and I at this point was starting to get the feverish shakes and shivers that lasted for the rest of the day, boo hoo
Gratuitous Jamie Oliver shot that I snapped for Heffer Joo Bug (and any other fans
) cos she loves him!
Tues 2nd Dec 08 - Decorating the Xmas Tree
Lilac helping myself, Hugsie, Gary the Snail and some of the Uglydolls to decorate the Xmas tree! Blurry shot of Lilac posing with the finished Xmas tree
Sat 6th Dec 08 - Reunion Xmas Day
We don't all get together very often during the year, but my Uni friends and I always manage to get together at my house for our own Xmas day with giant roastie meal and presents
This year Sammy was invited also (she went to the same Uni as us but I met her since then)
On the way back to the car with our food shopping!
Getting a start on all the veg preparations. And helping Sammy to decorate some gingerbread men
Lilac in the middle, guarding my high piled plate of roastie goodness, and from left to right: Poo Shoes, Sammy, McFly and Lemmy.It's very lucky that Lilac likes veggies as we had 6 different veg as well as the turkey, yorkshire puds, stuffing and wee willie winkies
I got lots of pressies, including 2 new mini Uglydolls, yey. And both Lilac and I went to bed completely stuffed full of food and drinks!
Fri 12th Dec 08 - Visiting Heffer Joo Bug and Lotte!!!
My good mate Heffer Joo Bug invited Lilac, myself and Mr Loops over to have some good food and drink with Lotte, herself and Mr Heff. Lilac and Lotte hit it off straight away and can't wait to get together again! Sneaky Lilac drinking my wine whilst Mr Heff pretends (I hope!) to take a slice out of Lotte!
The LV's and their hosts!! Evidence to prove that naughty Lilac and Lotte were hogging all the choccies!
Sat 13th Dec 08 - Mmmm snoooker
Yey, Mr Loops and I love snooker and the UK Championships started on TV today. Lilac sat down for a while to watch some with Ugly Ghost and Bush Baby but I don't think we've quite got her hooked on it yet!
Some final photos of Lilac before she was sent home last month. In front of her host house:
And at Bingo with some friends to celebrate my mate Lemmys birthday!