Tree is up; we’ve gone for no tinsel and “less is more” with the ornaments 🙂
But there are some new baubles, as always – the one on the top right was hand painted by my friend Karis of Oh My Glass Crafts
This year we’ve also Christmased up the hallway.
And I’ve even made mince pies! I’m using a Nigella recipe, but substituting 50g of flour with ground almonds, as Felicity Cloake recommends. Also, I keep forgetting to buy the orange (for juice) so I’ve been using vanilla essence mixed with water, which seems to work fine.
It’s been snowy over here, and it looks like we’re on track for a white Christmas.
How’s it looking where you are?
Isn’t fire exciting? It’s been a while since we’ve been out for Guy Fawkes Night, so this year we headed down to Thainstone Mart to check out Inverurie’s event, which didn’t disappoint!
The St Andrew’s Church in Inverurie holds an annual flower festival, and this year they organised a Scarecrow festival as well, to commemorate their 175th anniversary. Local schools, business, and families got on board, and over the weekend there were lots of scarecrows all over town.
Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and it’s a special time all round. Along with Easter, this time of year brings New Year celebrations for many South- and South-East Asian cultures – for my family it’s Tamil New Year.
Here in Aberdeen, skies are blue, and there’s to plenty to admire outside.
A couple of months after getting married in Aberdeen we had a Hindu wedding ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. This is the sort of thing I’ve grown up with, so I was thrilled that Gareth and his parents were on board for this and my parents were up for organising it.
As Hindu weddings go there were several events involved, and ours were fairly typical for Hindus of Sri Lankan Tamil ethnicity.