Celtic Christmas

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If you follow me on instagram it will be fairly obvious we have made our way to Ireland for Christmas to spend the Holidays with my family. In fact, I’ve only ever been away from ‘home’, as it were, two or maybe three times in my thirty-two years on this planet. It always seems a little strange not to be in Derry at this time but my Husband has been hankering after a Cornish Christmas for a while now so I think next year may see us spend Crimbo in our new home of Falmouth.

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We’d made our little cottage so wonderfully festive, it was a bit of a wrench to leave it – even though we’ve spent the last three months struggling to settle in. Of course, it is so lovely to be with my parents and Sister (who arrived from her Celtic Woman US tour just this morning!) at this time and we will definitely be making the most of our very Irish Christmas.

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In honour of our current location I thought it only too appropriate to don a little symbol of the area, namely the Tara brooch you see pinned on my sweater here in these pics. As an aside I feel I should say the light is especially bad at the moment, which is making taking any photographs really challenging, hence the retrofied hue I’ve given each photograph to compensate for the general darkness that looms over the city (rain, rain, go away). I sometimes forget how terrible the weather can be in these parts, especially when we now live in such a mild climate.

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Anyway, as I take a brief moment to type out this rather hurried post, my mind is full of what I have yet to tick off my list with regards to dishes already cooked and those yet to prepare. I always think I’m organised until about now and then panic tends to set in (breakfast bread and, more importantly, my meatless meatloaf are still presently non-existent, arrrgggh). Add to that, the fact I have to share the kitchen with the other cook in the family (my Dad) who is in charge of all the meaty things we won’t be partaking in, and you get one reasonably fraught cooking scenario. Thankfully we seem to be working around each other more easily this time around (must be all those years of practice coming into good use!), which is making for a reasonably laid back evening of cooking… exactly how I like to spend my Christmas eve.

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One more sleep everybody, one more sleep!

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what i’m wearing… midi leopard print dress and sweater/charity shop… tights/topshop… faux patent boots/h&m… tara brooch/belongs to my Sister… wind up watch/vintage store in Falmouth

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