Stay at Home Christmas

If you read my last post you will know that we were meant to be going to the Gower tomorrow for Christmas.  However with the snow we have at the moment – a good 4″ here and more heavy snow forecast tonight our enthusiasm for the drive has waned considerably.  By ‘We’ I am referring to myself and my two teenage sons and my parents.  We all live in Malvern no more than 10 mins drive from each other and were only going away for a change of scenery!!! On top of the weather my two sons both have really chesty coughs and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t my turn any day now!! My parents were really not keen so Dad phoned the cottage owner this afternoon.  She had been out to do her shopping and said the main  roads were Ok and the rest Ok if you were careful.  The cottage is a good mile from the nearest main road!

Dad took a management decision that it was a no go and we have cancelled.  However, on a plus side the cottage owner and the holiday company have agreed that instead of loosing our money (and it was a lot given it is Christmas) we could transfer to another week next year.  So we are looking at going just before Easter which should be great.  I want to go to Aberglasney Gardens and the National  Botanic Garden of Wales so mid April should be nice and my parents are interested in birdwatching (there are some estuaries near there) and it will be the breeding season.  So a result all round.

Luckily, I had a feeling we wouldn’t be going so I had done a big shop on Friday which should see us through to next Monday. I  have to say I’m relieved as I wasn’t looking forward to driving for 2 hours in the weather we have and now we can do our own thing and then just pop over to Mum and Dads for Christmas dinner which will be great.

I know there are lots of people in the UK whose plans for Christmas are going wrong, but wherever you end up and with whoever!! I hope you have a lovely Christmas and Best Wishes for 2011.

Helen

10 Comments on “Stay at Home Christmas

  1. How I envy your intended visit to Aberglasney Gardens. I was there (from the U.S.) in September of 2001, when the work on the gardens had not been going on for very long. What a lovely and interesting place it was even then. I still frequently pore over the photos I took that day.

    The Botanical Garden is also a worthy site to tour, and it was there I first saw Eupatorium (which we call Joe Pye Weed) used as an ornamental. Here is grows wild in pastures and along roadsides. Needless to say, I now have two clumps in one of my large flower beds.

    How exciting!!

  2. I suspect that you have made the wise choice to stay at home – and well done for doing the food shopping. Shedman and I are away this year and I did have a slight panic as to what would happen if we had to stay at home with no food – and not much in the shops!

    With love to you this Christmas
    K
    xx

  3. Hi, I agree that you have made a sensible choice. They seem to have been hit harder than us to the west, and lots of the roads here are still pretty dicey, and the forecasts change each day. We’re still hoping that my family can reach us at the end of the week; fingers crossed we are far enough east to miss the worst of it and there’s no more snow for a few days.
    Aberglasney is on our to-visit list next year too, and I can’t wait to go back to the Botanic Gardens again and see how it’s changed. It should be pretty spectacular in spring…
    I hope that you have a lovely Christmas with your family, and everyone is well.
    Sara x

  4. Wow – I can’t believe the snow you have already! Here on Long Island (NY), we have yet to have anything but a dusting. “Home for the Holidays” – sounds downright cozy to me. Enjoy every moment and Happy Christmas!

  5. I’m sure you’ll all have a very happy Christmas together at home; Getting snowed in at home is a whole different story to being snowed in somewhere else. A very happy Christmas to you Helen and all your faimly. Christina

  6. Glad to hear that you and your family have decided to stay put Helen ~ you will enjoy the Gower more when it has had a chance to defrost and you are not frozen. I hope that you enjoy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. May it treat you, your garden and your new allotment kindly 🙂

  7. It does sound as though you’ve made a wise decision – I hope you have a good Christmas at home, and that your sons’ coughs clear up and you remain cough-free. Best wishes to you all for 2011.

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