Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Deck the halls with bows and pom-poms.


Facebook is full of pictures of well decorated Christmas trees. We don't have a tree because all our decorations are in our village house storeroom. I can't get to them as our car is in the repair shop. (I hope whoever it was who smashed the back bumper and drove off is being kept awake at night by pangs of guilt).  As a token decoration I have combined my burgeoning skills in crochet, which I rediscovered last Friday after a gap of 25 years, and pop-pom making (probably about 45 years since I practised this craft) and made myself an indoor wreath, so the house is not a completely Xmas-free zone.
Bodrum is also gearing itself up for Christmas. I stocked up with crackers at the first Christmas market and on Friday we attended the annual Christmas Carols.  There are plenty more markets, dinners and carols to come, but the last Friday's event is the most important one for long-term immigrants as it has been going for enough years to be a tradition. Many of us can still remember the first one and the hours of rehearsals we put in practicing carols.

Geoff, Lon and the Band - Friday 12th Dec 2014

Lon, Geoff and carol singers (my daughter in blue) Dec 1998

My daughter and Geoff 2014
I move to reintroduce the rehearsals for next year's concert as the audience were all struggling to be heard, despite having our vocal cords lubricated with mulled wine, or maybe it's just the years catching up with us.

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  1. I love that wreath. How clever. I wish I could do craft things...not a chance!

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    1. It was v easy. Took just 90 minutes to create from scratch.

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  2. That wreath is wonderful, B2B! Obviously not lost those pom-pom skills. I do miss a good Christmas concert and always loved singing carols but I'm not over keen on Spanish singing style or their choice of songs but I shall be singing, of course, anywhere and anytime I can. Have a great one this year. Axxx

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  3. . . It does indeed! You'll never know just how happy this has made me - I can stop worrying and get back to my book!

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    1. If I had sung it to myself I would have realised it didn't scan. Thanks for the edit.

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  4. nearly forgot - 'tra-la-la-la-la la-la-la-laaa!'

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    1. Correct number of las too. You must come up and sing next year.

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  5. B to B, While the person who hit your car may not be kept up at night due to pangs of guilt, inşallah they get a surprise when they find coal in their stocking. Bravo on the lovely wreath.

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    1. They deserve something more unpleasant than coal.

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  6. Lovely wreath Annie, very impressive. I'm re-living the pangs of guilt just reading about your bumper wrecker, hope it's fixed soon! Hope you all have a lovely xmas and hope we can get out to you in 2015 xxxxx

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    1. Call that a bump! This one was a serious cracking, splitting bumper renting bump.

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  7. Love the wreath. You could go into business - Christmas, funerals...

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  8. Beautiful wreath, love the colors too; and lovely to see all that festivities happening in Bodrum; wishing you a lovely one, cok sevgiler, Ozlem x

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    1. Happy Christmas to you and yours too.

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  9. What a splendid wreath! Your decorating is a lot further along than mine.

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