Christmas markets

Yesterday we took our daughter to the Christmas market in Leicester Square. In the past, we’ve always gone to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park but that is a bit problematic.  The rides pretty much all require that the people on them are at least 1.3m tall, which my son isn’t.  Plus it’s big, expensive and reeeeeaaaallllly far away.

They’re a funny thing, Christmas markets in London.  I have never been to one where it hasn’t been raining.  I’m sure that, in Germany, Christmas markets are magical.  Here, they’re sort of soggy.

The Christmas market in Leicester Square
The Christmas market in Leicester Square
They have some lovely stalls.
They have some lovely stalls.
And Christmas trees
And Christmas trees
Plus we went for dim sum beforehand
Plus we went for dim sum beforehand

My garden in the rain

It rained quite a bit over the weekend so I took a few pictures.  A few of my plants will have welcomed the rain, I should think.

Lavender with a tiny butterfly
Lavender with a tiny butterfly
I think this may be the biggest slug EVER - and it's on my majoram
I think this may be the biggest slug EVER – and it’s on my majoram
Berries on the guelder rose - looks rather Autumnal in the rain
Berries on the guelder rose – looks rather Autumnal in the rain
Cotoneaster is a plant that people tend to ignore - but these berries are going to look super in a few weeks
Cotoneaster is a plant that people tend to ignore – but these berries are going to look super in a few weeks

Damn rain

Yesterday it rained all bloody day.  This is a pity – I’d really enjoyed all the sunshine we’d been having.  Plus, I’d forgotten to put our garden waste out for the recycling guys so I have two bags in the light well at the front, getting soggier and soggier (they are under the stairs but this is not foolproof).

My daughter announced when she woke up (7am) that she “wanted to wear a party dress, Mummy.  A princess dress”.  I offered her a bunch of dresses, which she rejected in turn.  We managed to negotiate a bit and she wore a denim dress from Next and some leggings.  I also managed to convince her that wearing a cardigan would complete the outfit (and stop people from judging me for letting my daughter go out in the rain with bare arms).

Here are some photos of the Isle of Wight NOT in the rain.  I know that things will cheer up soon but it’s hard to imagine.

Alum bay
Alum bay
Pier
Pier
Compton Bay
Compton Bay

We’ve run out of milk.  I need to go out and buy some but keep putting it off and putting it off. Oh well.