Posted on 8:01am Saturday 1st Dec 2012
Listed under: Views & Ramblings
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me .... well technically nothing. I did however get a delivery of chocolate and thats better than a partridge in a pear tree in my book any day!
Now I dont get chocolate in the post every day and certainly not from Hotel Chocolat, so I really was like the proverbial child in a sweet shop when I opened it. I had been sent the Dark Chocolate Christmas Collection and seeing as though I am the only person that likes dark chocolate in my house, it was something all for meeeeee!!
As I said, there was no partridge in a pear tree but there was a little Christmas tree in the middle of the collection, which incidentally looks a bit like a face. I would have liked to take a photograph but I was too busy gorging on the chocolates to remember to take a picture, so you will have to settle for a stock photo instead.
If you are disciplined, this chocolate collection could last you for 19 days as there are 19 individual chocolate treats or you could share them with friends after dinner. I confess, I did neither.
Those that know me, know that chocolate is my downfall and beautiful, delicious chocolate from the gorgeous Hotel Chocolat brand. I love that Hotel Chocolat was started by two British entrepreneurs, Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris some 20 years ago, with their desure to provide "deeply authentic chocolate with a witty, fashionable edge". The cheeky face in this gorgeous collection shows that they are still staying true to this some 20 years later.
Hotel Chocolat say that their story is "powered by chocolat" ...... a little like this one then!
Posted on 11:16am Thursday 29th Nov 2012
Listed under: Water Babies
As a woman and a mum, I talk alot (and sometimes blog) about relationsips and friendships and their importance in life. Before I get shot down, I am quite sure that there are some grouchy people out there who will insist that they dont need friends but I am a firm believer in making friends and keeping them.
My mom always told me "make new friends but treasure the old, one is like silver, the other gold". To be perfectly honest, my mom has a saying for pretty much every situation but with friends she is right. I have friends that I have known since I was a baby, I have friends from infant, junior and senior school. I have work friends, college friends and my very best friends. They are people that have come in and out of my life at different times and whether I speak to them every week or once a year, they are all part of my life.
I hope the same goes for my own daughters and I wonder which of the friends they are making now will still feature in their lives when they are in (ahem) thirty something.
The little one is now in her second term of Water Babies and there are alot of little ones that have carried on from the beginner course (which is obviously a testament to the Water Babies team) and as our little fishes learn to swim together, I often wonder if this journey will bond them together to carry on their journey's as they grow. The lessons with Water Babies are really sociable and encourage parents (and Nanny) to make new friends which creates that bond through sharing an exciting adventure with the little ones. This week saw lots of underwater swimming (with Nanny going under too), so she has had lots of baby swimming stories to share this week.
Another of moms great sayings is "A good friend knows all of your stories but your best friend lived them with you". Nanny always has a great story to tell of the little fish's adventures in the water and I hope that as the little one grows older and more confident, she can look back and tell those stories with her own friends.
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