Sunday, 29 November 2015

"Christmas" Song


After creating my original nursery rhyme which you can find here, I thought why not come up with an original Christmas song as well (since the holidays have already started)!  Again, I only used my laptop microphone and smartphone app for the musical accompaniment so the sound is by no means professional but I still hope that it will bring the Christmas spirit to anyone who listens to it.  Here's the video and you will find the lyrics transcribed below.





Christmas


Let's decorate, light up the Christmas tree
Make time to spend the day with family
This season comes around
Warm embraces, wraparound
Let's celebrate together this day

Everybody smile from ear to ear
As greetings come and go, far and near
This season comes around
Christmas carols make a sound
Let's celebrate this joyous day

Chorus:
Christmas 2x
A very merry Christmas
Chri-----stmas
Christmas 2x
A very merry Christmas
Chri-----stmas

It's time to share again some love and cheer
Coz sometimes we forget this through the year
This season comes around
So hope again is found
It's truly a wondrous day

Chorus

Bridge:
C H R I S T M A S (2x)

Chorus

Merry Christmas!



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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

K's Mum Poem #6: Winter



The days are short and nights are long.
Put on your coat, it's freezing cold.
The ground is white and covered in snow
Time to make a snowman
from snow balls, big and small.

Inside we go for some hot cocoa
To rid of the cold from head to toe.
By the fire, snuggle and cuddle
keeping warm under the throw.
Storytelling with crackling fire,
moment at its best to remember forever.

On Christmas Eve before going to bed
leave some treats, somebody needs fed.
Sliding down chimneys is a lot of work.
Delivering gifts all over the world.
When morning comes under the tree
well deserved presents for you will be.


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Our Stay at The Cuan Guesthouse Hotel




A couple of months ago, we went to Strangford in Co Down for a short visit just to have a bit of relaxation and different scenery.  When I was looking for a hotel to stay in, there were two choices that stood out but after some online research, I decided to go for The Cuan.

Having read good reviews and seeing some online photos (plus the affordable price) made it easy to make the decision to stay at The Cuan, but actually experiencing it there confirmed that we made the right decision.  From the moment that I sent them an email to make an inquiry, I have felt how very accommodating they are and responded very quickly to any inquiries or concerns that we had.  And true enough, when we arrived, we were pleasantly pleased at how very welcoming they are and made us feel right at home.  They made an effort to remember our names and always took the time to have a small chat when they see us to ensure that we have everything that we needed.  We really like this personal touch at how they treat their guests.


The Cuan is a family owned and run hotel in the beautiful conservation village of Strangford.  It was a sunny autumn day when we arrived there and the view of the Strangford Lough, which was just a few steps away from the hotel, was just beautiful.  The area is a nice, quiet little village and if you have a car, you can park outside at the front of the hotel or at their designated parking area.

We stayed in one of their twin rooms which had a simple and clean layout with one single bed and one double bed and ensuite bathroom.  It has all the basic and necessary facilities that you would expect in a hotel room including Wi-Fi connection.

We booked a bed and breakfast stay and I have to say that the breakfast part is one of the things that we looked forward to.  Again, they have that personal touch where when you go down to the restaurant, they are already expecting you and have your table ready and waiting.  They would have a table spread of food selections that you might want to have while the breakfast of your choice is being freshly made.

We also had dinner at their cozy restaurant and the seafood chowder and scampi quickly became our favourites.

We only stayed there for a couple of nights but it was definitely a great experience and will definitely stay there again when we go back to Strangford.


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Monday, 16 November 2015

My First Original Nursery Rhyme: Animal Parade


As I was thinking of what to do next for our K's Toys video while organizing my toddler's toys (for the nth time), I found her animal finger puppets (which we got from Amazon) and remembered how she loves to sing along nursery rhymes.  So that day, as I had a chance to sit down and write a bit of my "practice poems" that I do, I thought why not write a poem or a rhyme based on her animal finger puppets!

It was so much fun because I got to be more silly in the writing without worrying too much about each line being too realistic in meaning.  I was not planning on adding a melody to it initially because I knew that I do not have the proper equipment to record a nice sounding song but, as I wrote away, I ended up hearing a melody in my head anyway so I just went with it.

I will have to admit that I wish I could have created a better sounding song for the video but because I only have my laptop microphone and a piano app on my smartphone to put the song together (plus the fact that I am not a trained musician), I still feel great for coming up with a nursery rhyme that I can call my own and that my toddler likes singing along to.  You can watch the video if you're interested to hear the nursery rhyme and to see the finger puppets that it's based on.  Do read on for the transcription of the Animal Parade. :)




Animal Parade

Watch the parade of our animal friends,
Count them all from one to ten.
Here they are, let's say hello,
Wave and cheer as they come and go.

One and two, a hippo so blue,
And there's a cow and she goes moo!
Three and four, a panda snores,
And there's a mouse with a nose so sore!

Five and six, a doggie does tricks,
And there's a bear that plays with sticks.
Seven and eight, a hopping white rabbit,
And there's a frog and he goes ribbit!

Nine and ten, a duck quacks again,
And there's an elephant that writes with a pen,
The time has come for the show to end.
Let's say goodbye to our animal friends!


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Monday, 9 November 2015

Early Christmas Mini Haul at Lidl



Hi everyone, I know it's still too early for Christmas but, everywhere you go now, Christmas is definitely already in the air.  I actually don't mind it coz I love Christmas and I like the positive vibe that I get from it so for me, the longer it's celebrated the better... but that's just me.  As the title suggests, I got a few Christmas items from Lidl and you can watch my YouTube video here or just read on. :)



We were at Lidl just a couple of weeks back, before Halloween, and I found some delicious and cute Christmas goodies that I could not resist getting.

Melinera Large Chocolate Scented Candle in a Glass
The first one is this chocolate scented candle which I love.  I love chocolate and just having this smell around the house gives me that warm fussy feeling even though the weather is already getting colder.  For me the smell is just right - not too strong and not too weak - just that sort of smell as if you have something chocolaty baking in the oven.  I got 2 of these and each costs £1.99.


Favorina Mini Marzipan & Butter Stollen
Next is this pack of Mini Marzipan and Butter Stollen which is also priced at £1.99.  Not many people I know do, but I like marzipan a lot.  This mini stollen is really good and is not too heavy to eat, perfect for that tea time.


Favorina Elisen - Minis Finest Nuremberg Gingerbread
Another for tea time is this pack of mini gingerbread.  This is also priced at £1.99 and they're pretty good too.  I'm not really into gingerbread but I don't mind this one.


Favorina Marzipan Fruits 40% Almonds
Like I said before, I like marzipan especially towards Christmas so I got 2 packs of these Marzipan fruits.  They are sold for £1.29 per pack.  Apart from being marzipans, I like the fruit shapes and I think they are very decorative for that extra flair on the dining table.


And of course, I got some mini Christmas decorations as well.  They are all made of thin wood and costs £1.29 each.

Melinera House and Santa Christmas Decoration
Like this one is a house with Santa Claus in different poses in each window.  I might hang it on the wall or on the door.


Melinera Santa Claus and Snowman Christmas Tree Ornaments
These are Christmas tree ornaments but I guess you can hang them anywhere you like as well.
They look like a classic Santa Claus and snowman kind of design to me which I really like.


Melinera Bird and Heart Christmas Decorations
Here's another pair of hanging ornaments. Birds with Santa hats and there's a heart underneath with a Christmas sack and a Christmas tree on the other one with a small golden bell.


Melinera Christmas Bear Pegs
And lastly, these Christmas bear pegs which I really like.  There are 6 pegs in one pack that are of 2 different designs.  I got 2 packs coz I really like them and I think they will be great for hanging on display those beautiful Christmas cards.


Have you bought any Christmas items yet for this year?



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