It’s the fourth day of Christmas

So we get four calling birds.  I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas.  We’re still in the thick of it, with lots of people staying, leaving and arriving.

Wreath – I got the foam ring from Amazon

My wreath is starting to look a bit tired now but it looked terrific when I first made it.  I originally consulted Celebrate but Pippa Middleton more or less told me what I already knew – except she recommended that I add roses to it, which I didn’t have and even if I had, I probably wouldn’t waste roses on a Christmas wreath.  In the end, I used holly, teucrium, Californian lilac and rosemary.

Christmas cake – it’s a bit minimalist

I made the Christmas cake at the start of December and my husband has been in charge of feeding it with cherry brandy.  I ended up using ready rolled marzipan and royal icing – they are only sold for round cakes but were JUST big enough to cover my (slightly larger) square cake.

Christmas wreath

Walking around, I’ve noticed that nearly everyone has their Christmas decorations up.  We’ve finally put our wreath up (and my husband has tied it to the door so no one can pinch it).  It’s rather simple but that is fine with me.

£7 from the dudes on the Essex Road
£7 from the dudes on the Essex Road

On the way back from the Essex Road, we passed the organic supermarket, the fishmonger, the greengrocer, the butcher and this tree.  Everything is looking very Christmassy.

This tree looks amazing
This tree looks amazing