Just Now I Am.....

Decking the halls with boughs of holly. And mistletoe.





Enjoying the sun shining on my trees - quince and Christmas. The Christmas tree will come indoors on Friday afternoon.




Buying boxes of clementines.



Watching Kangaroo Dundee. Adding 'baby kangaroo' to my Christmas list. I have plenty of pillow cases.

Baking bread. Spreading it with this.



Knitting. Of course. The lace is finished on my shawl and my scarf of many colours is coming along beautifully.



Ringing the AA and asking them how much it will cost to add George to my car insurance policy so that he can practise before he takes his test next month.

Telling George that he'll just have to manage without practice after being told that to add him to my policy for 6 months will cost £1300. I pay £160 a year.

Listening to this.



Comments

  1. Your skies look a great deal better than Sussex. We haven't seen the sun for days!
    I'm dreading next year when my son turns 17 - not only the worry of driving , but I'd heard the cost of insuring the car is the worst part!
    Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and New Year. x

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  2. I want one of those joeys too! Swooning over your knitting.
    Lovely music as I wrap gifts, thank you

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  3. What gorgeous holly and mistletoe! Your photo of the grey knitting and the tiny brightnesses of green and red at the top of it...so satisfying to see.

    Happy Christmas to you, Sue!

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  4. Aren't they sweet, they way they tumble in? The baby kangas I mean. A box of clementines is a must.

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  5. Anonymous5:39 pm GMT

    Beautiful photos. Beautiful bread. Lovely music.
    Shouldn't insurance companies be giving us financial incentives for practice driving time? It's a catch 22. Listening to people talk on the radio with great confidence that driverless cars are in our very near future, I wonder how the insurance companies will handle that situation?

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    1. That's an interesting thought.

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  6. Lovely post as usual. My daughter had to learn to drive this year through just having lessons, as, like you £1300 was beyond us.He'll manage, just may need a few more lessons. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Which will be cheaper than insurance. Thanks Adele, you encourage me.

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  7. Wasn't it a fabulous day here today! Haven't been at all Christmassy yet but some lovelu flowers came today from my brother-in-law so that's cheered the house up.

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  8. John Lewis Insurance gave us the best deal when putting two learners on the policy; it was a lot less than we'd been expecting, so might be worth looking at for your car. That said, someone told me the other day that the premium will go up (regardless of the company you're with) when the youngsters pass their test - which of course makes sense when you think about it as they'll be out on their own then.

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    1. John Lewis do car insurance? Thanks Cornflower.

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  9. Sue, when my son was learning we hired a dual control car by the hour to top up his hours behind the wheel in the lead up to his test. It was cheaper than extra lessons and without the cost of insuring our car

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    1. Now that's something I hadn't thought of, will investigate, thanks Ros

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  10. Such beautiful knitting. Can't believe the insurance quote. Your mistletoe looks wonderful. We shall be decking halls tomorrow - I'll put up the tree and the lights, and the little people will do everything else in their own inimitable fashion.

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  11. I'd like some of those seeds to smear on my apple tree, can't seem to get mistletoe here in Canada :(

    Jessica.

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    1. Your comment prompted me to do a little research about mistletoe Jessica. It seems that I live in 'mistletoe central' and indeed it is easy to spot in the surrounding country side and even in the hedgerows a few yards away from my house (the berries are usually missing though). It's actually quite difficult to grow and is best started in February or March. It would be fun to try though wouldn't it?

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  12. Scary insurance quote!! I hope that things go well with the learning to drive! Your knitting is looking good Sue, hope you are enjoying it, and enjoying decking your halls too!! xx

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  13. Beautiful photos - and that music nearly made me cry! Abby

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  14. Isn't it scandalous what you'd have to pay on that insurance? You'd think there could be a short term clause or something. Oh, silly me, that would mean they couldn't rip you off some more! I am feeling I need to get back to baking our bread - we have been 'off grain' for a few weeks (But not in a Gwyneth kinda way, honest!) but we are wanting home made bread to go with my home made soups so you have made me think about it......

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  15. Sue, I always know that I will find much to learn from, admire, and enjoy when I visit your place. This one is a fine example of all of that and more.

    My big city urban roll up to Christmas is so removed from your closer to natural sources of season inspiration...I am alway a bit envious. Ah, but the spirit of Christmas reaches me, and makes me withdraw my envy!

    Only teasing a bit here. I do wish that where I live had less commercial bright lights big city, but I do know that when I visit the farmers market, hopefully tomorrow, I will find a connection to fresh greenery, cider the farmers made from their own apples, some of those apples, and other symbols of the season that have had nothing connected to an Inc.

    Best wishes to you on bringing your young driver into proper licensing. I've got a feeling that a very good driver will soon be fully qualified and on the road. Let's hope that the less good drivers will do their best to be better.

    See how I wander? xo

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  16. Great photos Sue. I wish I could get hold of some Mistletoe, there's none to be had around these parts, not even in the florist. They'll be no snogging George Clooney underneath any mistletoe for me again this year!!
    I can imagine that your house is a hive of activity preparing for Christmas, you always cook such wonderful things.
    If I don't get chance to pop in again before Christmas Day, I'd just like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. x

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  17. Yes, the great car insurance rip off! We were able to put Jacob onto our insurance on a monthly basis which gave him an intense month before his test. He passed it first time just before going to uni. So , like most of his friends, from the moment he passed his test he wasn't able to drive a car, not even his driving instructor's as his insurance was only valid for learner drivers.........we have subsequently insured him for an odd week during his holidays which is all we can manage. Ludicrous!
    Have a really happy Christmas Sue. Penny Lx

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  18. Love how your selection of pictures nearly capture all the colours of the rainbow... they are so nice. I always marvel at the great amount of holly you see in the UK. In the area I come from in Spain they are protected as there's not a lot.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Sue and a very prosperous new year!
    That knitting is impressive! Pati xx

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  19. That scarf looks very nice. As in, I'd like to wear one like that. And the mistletoe looks lovely too. I've only ever seen it growing on trees many years ago when I stayed on a vineyard in France - they had a small wood and the stuff was everywhere. It was a sight to behold!
    Well done for not shelling out such a ridiculous amount of money for the car insurance. But it's sad that you can't help your son out in the way our parents helped us... modern life and all that. Hope you find a cheaper solution!

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  20. £1300 for six months insurance? I think that is more than my car is worth! Ouch.

    Beautiful images, as usual, thank you. Have a Merry Christmas.

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  21. I just discovered and fell head over heels in love with your blog. Your photos and writing just warm these wintry shivers away... PS: Gorgeous knitting!!!

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  22. Oo, love the holly, and the mistletoe - should have picked some up when I saw it the other day...Now, I wonder if that spread is the same as something called 'Biscoff' spread I saw in a recipe on Pinterest and have been totally unable to find...sounds promising. And I lurve that multi-colour yarn... scrumptious! The lacy knit's lovely, too. Merry Christmas! Jen

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    1. Yes it is Biscoff spread -different names in different countries. Sainsburys have it and so do Waitrose and Ocado.

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  23. I absolutely love the colour play in that self-striping yarn. Gorgeous. I really like the sound of that biscuit spread, it's just my sort of thing. I'll look out for that. x

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  24. It all looks wonderfully festive/scrummy/cosy.

    We put ours on our policy for just two weeks, it was still exorbitant but made it manageable and they still got the practice and passed.

    Have a super Christmas and New Year Sue :)

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  25. Clare from Leeds2:22 pm GMT

    Car insurance for teenagers is ridiculously expensive if you put them on your policy! We got our 18year old an insurance specifically designed for learners through Marmalade Learner - it sits on top of your insurance and doesn't affect yours at all. We took it out for three months - very reasonable and a fraction of what it would cost to put him on yours. When she passed her test we then got her a "black box" insurance which is also cheaper. Good luck!

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    1. Clearly there are lots of options I haven't explored. Thanks Clare.

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