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December Roundup

This is the last roundup of the year. I imagine most of you are busy with preparations for NYE and I was thinking of skipping this post today, but, in the end, I’ve had some time and wanted to share what I did this month. These roundups also offer me the chance to look back and remember some of the things I’ve done.

Me, as a Volunteer.

From late November, I’ve resumed my role as a volunteer for Victorian Christmas. This is something I enjoy a lot doing and I’m so happy I have the time to do it. Working with children is marvelous, they are so eager to learn and pay so much attention. It’s one of the highlights of my year. Of course, I love being an actress and act out different roles. This year I’ve been, as you can see, a kitchen maid (and a dairy maid), the Housekeeper, and Lady Sefton.

Birds waiting for food

Winter means less food for wild birds, but not for the ones that are having their breakfast in our garden. This is how they wait for us to top up the feeder. I think they are hilarious, all waiting in line on our neighbour’s house. Alternatively, we might have pigeons in line on the fence. When I think that it all started with a couple of pigeons and their chicks, and now we have up to 10 pigeons and an indefinite number of starlings.

A couple of days ago I went to a fantastic show at Echo Arena, the Liverpool International Horse Show. I will talk about it in a different blog and I will share pictures and maybe a clip from the show too. It was amazing and it’s worth every penny. It’s very likely we are going to book tickets again for next year, as it was so amazing.

I shared what I’ve prepared for Christmas, so there is no point in talking about food, but I will mention the books though.


I’ve read 9 books this month:
Allegory of the Cave by Plato – No stars (mix up done by the publishers, different content in the book)
Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes – 5 stars
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn – 4.5 stars
A Wager for the Widow by Elisabeth Hobbes – 5 stars
The blacksmith’s wife by Elisabeth Hobbes – 5 stars
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – 4.5 stars
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer – 5 stars
An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn – 4.5 stars
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn – 5 stars

These 9 books got me to a total of 85 for the year. I talked about my 2018 in books on Coffee&Books.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful time and I wish you a Happy New Year!

2 Comment

  1. Oh what a wonderful thing you are doing volunteering for Victorian Christmas. You look super as well. I wish there were something similar near me. Your birds picture made me laugh. Our birds do the same on our shed. They line up along the roof and wait their turn to eat. It does make me laugh too! Ooh, I will go and read your book round-up- I am just in the process of writing my book round up but I won’t be finished till tomorrow as it is hideously late now and I should go to bed! I do like Julia Quinn though- I’ve read a fair amount of hers too!

  2. I clicked back to read about your Victorian Christmas and it all sounds like such fun – a great experience for the children and the volunteers!

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