Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Dickens Festival 2017

A few weeks ago I travelled up to Kent to visit Mr K and the boys. We like to try to see each other at least once a month and I decided I would travel up to see him this time. We did our usual thing of chilling out, doing some odd jobs around the house and entertaining the boys. They showed me their neighbourhood's Christmas lights which was lovely and they took me to Rochester for its annual Dickens Festival.

I had so much fun despite the crowds. It was really hard to see the stalls in the castle ground so sadly I missed out on that. There were so many people and in these situations it's hard enough for able bodied people to get around let alone Martyn who was in his wheelchair for this day trip. We moved away from the castle pretty quickly (okay, as quick as we could!) I got to sample some homemade jams from Joannes Preserves they were delicious. I bought fig jam and rhubarb jam which was mine and Will's favourite. 

Joanne makes so many delcious goodies! I can't wait to try more

We walked around a little to see some other stalls and stopped briefly to listen to the band playing some popular songs. It felt very festive. I took the opportunity as we went through town to get a photo of the house Charles Dickens stayed in when he wrote some of his famous novels.

We all had a nice stroll down through the town. There were snow machines which were blowing 'snow' out every few minutes much to the boys delight. We saw so many people dressed up in some amazing outfits; it's so wonderful to see so many people get into the festival spirit and doing so simply for the love and joy; even stopping to take photos with us and many others around us.

The boys loved the snow!

Faboulous steam punk outfits!

We saw some of the parade which was very busy but there were even more people dressed up looking amazing. We all got pretty cold around this point and decided we should head home to all warm up and grab some fish and chips. Walking home as the sun was starting set was beautiful.

An almost family photo! I'm looking forward to taking one next year and squeezing us all in!

The sun starting to set over the River Medway

I had a lovely day despite how crowded it was and how difficult it was to get the wheelchair around. I'm looking forward to going to the summer festival which I hear is really good too. Hopefully we can plan when the days will be less busy; a Saturday was never going to be not busy but it was worth going just so I could experience a bit of the place I am soon going to be living in!

Cupcake Mumma

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Our At Home Christingle

I remember doing Christingle services as a child in our local church. I loved them as a child but it's not something I carried on doing as I grew up nor with my two; we just never felt very at home in our local church so never went back. 

Now though we go to a lovely church when we stay with Mr K and the boys and we all love it there. Mr K was with the boys at their Christingle service on Sunday which they attend every year. I decided to teach L and A about Christingle but we did it in the comfort of our home. 

Here's what you'll need:  

An Orange, which represents the earth.

A red ribbon to tie around the orange representing the blood of Christ.

Dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks (we used Dolly Mix too!) Which are pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. 

A lit candle, usually white, pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.

We worked together with me letting the children have a go at what they thought all the different elements meant. They did really well actually and it was a lovely activity which allowed me to feel closer to my children and share my faith with them. L in particular identifies as a Christian and enjoys church a lot. 

After we made them we lit the candles and all said a prayer. I started off and the guys chipped in with things and people they were thankful for.  It was such a lovely moment. Next year we will be able to do this as a proper family at church, although I must admit I quite liked our homemade service! 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Visiting Father Christmas 2017

The children and I  were looking for something to do last weekend when I came across a post online from a local shop. The quirky little teddy bear store at the top of town, Dylan's Bear Necessities was going to be playing host to a very special visitor!