We did have the kids over again this weekend though and so we took full advantage of the time of year and piled on down to the shops where we all had an input into the tree and Christmas deco's for the house.
A couple of hours was spent putting up the real tree (unfortunately we couldn't chop one down like we did in Canada last year and ended up buying one from the shops) and the various decorations all around the front room - it is now covered in snowmen, tinsel and flashing bulbs everywhere. There are even a smattering of presents sitting under the tree waiting for Christmas day and the opening!
|Buff, Abbie and Peter start decorating the tree|
|Even Taz got decorated|
|Adding the lights|
|More in the window!|
We saw the Army Foundation college, which has replaced the Army Apprentice College I attended and I showed Buffy around 'the Crags', which is a small rocky cliffed area by a river where as a young squaddie I was beasted up and down the steep hills to get fit. There is still a lovely walk up to the top of the crag and a great view over the valley below to the College that sits atop the opposite hill a mile or so away.
|Exploring the crags|
|Nikki and Matt getting hitched!|
|Buffy getting her walking boots on to go home!|
|Buffy clambering up the hill|
|and enjoying the views|