Morning, everyone. So here it is. . . December 1st. If we want to, we can legitimately let Christmas all hang out! Lovely.
Oh, my, yesterday was noisy. I mentioned that I was having the kitchen window replaced and that is exactly what happened amidst hammering and chiselling and generally arousing the whole neighbourhood.
Here we go - the last photo was taken around midday yesterday. It's not totally finished right now but almost so. I'm really happy with it. My frontage was a bit flat and boring but the window improves it considerably, just what I hoped.
Amidst all the clattering and banging, it was a huge relief to get changed and drive over to the peace and quiet of Lindsey's exercise studio for my hour of personal training.
Today, I am looking forward to opening my Advent calendars - yup, in the plural, lucky me. When I've finished this entry, I will be opening them and feeling a little buzz of excitement. Lovely.
I've enjoyed the daily word puzzle in my Jacquie Lawson online Advent calendar and I think today's door will reveal more of the same - at least, there are categories to choose from on the page and underneath it said something like 'live on Dec 1st (or something similar).
At nine-fifteen, I will be changed into my exercise wear and waiting for an online call from Lindsey as I am trying out her SET class. That's Strike (sort of combat), Energise (circuits/aerobics) and Tone (strength stuff). I doubt I will do it every week but, as it is at her studio and not in a local hall (dodgy connection), she offers it online too. I've already warned T, the chap doing my window!!
Straight after that, I will be dashing over to Chris' for our coffee and chat. If you look at the first photo above, the house on the left is where I will be - so not far to go!
Then it's home for a speedy breakfast before heading off to Sainsbury's where I am doing this week's shop. It is a bit more expensive but there are items that I can only get there. After that, I can potter and start enjoying getting out some festive stuff - the tablecloth has to be replaced by a festive one and so do the cushions.
As I do every year, I will be doing a musical Advent calendar where I share some of my favourite Christmas music with you via YouTube clips. There will be quite a lot of repeats because - well, favourites, you know - but it is only once a year.
As always, day one has to be that great Advent carol, O come, O come, Emmanuel.
I found this version last year. It's a sort of Celtic, rocky, upbeat version from King and Country and I love it.
The other is the classic version from Kings. You'll probably be seeing a lot of Kings College Choir in here - they are, arguably, the best choir of their kind in the world and they do Christmas music superbly well.
As last year, I will be saving all my choices as a YouTube play list and post it on Christmas Eve.