Friday, December 18, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

It's been snowing!!!

This is quite an amazing event for our family. The prospect of a white Christmas at home is sending everyone into excitement overload - including myself and Mr Bee.

It has only been a few flakes, mind you, nothing like what they are getting in the UK but still it has made the build up to Christmas all the more exciting. Someone at school was telling me that the ground temperature need to get to 0*C before the snow will stick; come on you North Wind you little ripper!

I have just checked the current temperature in Brisbane, where we are originally from, and it is 25.2*C at 1.10am in the morning.

It snowed on me as I packed the groceries into the car at 11.47am and then it has snowed again just as we were leaving Crabby Jack's restaurant at 2.49pm.

I took the Bumble B'eers, together with a few friend's families from school, to a Crabby Jack's lunch to celebrate the end of the school term and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Maybe all our Christmas Cheer will make it snow tonight - fingers crossed!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Cards are on their way!

This post is for all our family and friends. I just wanted to let you know that a Christmas card is on the way from Bumble Bee Cottage but that you will be receiving it a lloonnggg time after Christmas.

B1's Card

The Bumble B'eers designed cards at school and they were sent to a company in England who prints them. We only received the cards back last week and it was at least a week after the cut off date for things to be guaranteed of delivery to Australia before Christmas.

B2's Card

The cards have been posted this week but I can not say when you will receive them. I just wanted to let you know that you were not forgotten; Guernsey Christmas Wishes are on their way Down Under.

B3's Card

You will receive one of the three Bumble B'eer designs sent with much love and wish we were there and miss you heaps and can't wait to see you all very soon!

All our Love Me, Mr Bee, B1, B2 and B3


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pink Bridesmaids and Best Men

The card read: 'Time flies when you are having fun.

Congratulations to you both.

Love the Clare Place Gang'

I thought at first that I was having a mild stroke, that I had forgotten some monumental event. If I am completely honest the first thought that crossed my mind was 'Wait a minute - am I pregnant?' Did the Clare Place Gang know something I didn't? I know that I am NOT pregnant (do not call me Mum, I repeat, do not call me Mum - I am NOT, no way on God's green Earth pregnant!).

So why were Mr Bee and myself receiving floral gifts from afar? Well of course it made perfect sense that our Best Man and Bridesmaid in Pink should remember that it was our 10 year Wedding Anniversary in a few days time and that I had forgotten! In my own defence I did remember that our anniversary was coming up and that indeed it was our ten year anniversary at that, but Mr Bee and I had agreed that we wouldn't exchange gifts or go out to dinner as next year was the 20 year anniversary of being together; we would save the celebrations for then.

You see I had made it very clear to Mr Bee when we got married that I was not starting back at 1; we had been together for 9 years when we got married and as we were married on the 'anniversary' of our starting to date I said that he could forget me going back to all that 'wood, paper, chainsaw, lemon meringue pie anniversaries' and bring on the 'ruby, sapphire, emerald, diamond, vintage car and overseas holiday' ones all the sooner.

I do not expect our anniversary to be a noteworthy event for other people, not even our own children; which is why today's delivery was such a lovely surprise.

Mr Bee and I will still wish each other a 'Happy Anniversary' and make a special meal to share, when all the Bumble Bee'rs are tucked up in bed, with a few glasses of bubbles to accompany it.

Regardless of all my ramblings in this post I can't begin to tell you my Pink Bridesmaid and Best Man how lovely it was to receive this gift and to know that you are thinking of us. We miss you all so much, Clare Place Gang, and can't wait to see you soon. (Misty eyes, feeling a bit weepy, wish you were here chickee).

P.S. Mr Bee I know you will be reading this at work, so just let me state for the record, that next year, for the number 20, some form of gift and culinary experience outside the walls of our humble abode will be required my love ;P

Saturday, December 12, 2009


6.18am Saturday morning - I've been awake since 4.38am; dreaded insomnia strikes again.

£2.00 hyacinths from the Vazon Bay Hedge Vege/Flower stall.

Their scent is a nice way to wake up at least!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Warm Christmas Hearth

This was the Christmas display in the foyer of our school in Christmas 2008.

It was alot more traditional than this year's prolific Penguin display but certainly just as praise worthy.

It looks like a lovely place to spend Christmas to me with the jolly fire blazing away in the fireplace, all of which have been modelled from paper by the school's hard working staff.

I especially love the paper wreath. Our school makes an effort to ensure Christmas special for all its pupils; each and every one - as Tiny Tim would say - best portrayed in a 'Muppet Christmas Carol' in my humble opinion :P

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Penguin Playground

Each half term the staff at our primary school decorate the foyer in a different theme.

This half term it is the Penguin Playground for Christmas. There are penguin story and factual books, penguin activity sheets, a large blow-up penguin and a penguin decorated Christmas Tree.

Every child in the school has a piece of art work on display. I think it gives the children not only a sense of pride in themselves and their work, but also in their school and the community they are apart of through the school.

The staff and the children put in so much work; it always looks fabulous and makes the entrance to the school so welcoming.

I just love Christmas, it tends to bring out the best in us all :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Gingerbread

B2 has been doing Christmas craft at Rainbows. Rainbows is the same as 'Gumnuts' in Australia; the youngest group in the Girl Guide Association.

She was even kind enough to share them with her brother and sister; she was feeling in the Christmas spirit ;)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rudolf comes to Guernsey

Mr Bee is mortified and has sworn he will not drive the car!

The Bumble Bee'rs want them worn at all times, sun, rain, hail, sleet and snow.

They certainly have caused a bit of a stir.

I must say, I think I will have had my fill of the Bumble Bee'rs singing 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' by the end of the week though and there will still be 20 days of Christmas Carol Cheer left.
Thankyou to the Clare Place Gang who gave them to me for Christmas last year when we were in Australia.

Nothing wrong with spreading a little Christmas Cheer!