Let The Festivities Begin

Remember a week or so ago when I was fretting that Mr. Tialys wouldn’t make it home because of various strikes and disruptions in the U.K. and France (but mostly in France).

I had run out of cut logs for the log burner, never used a chainsaw and not sure I want to start now.

I’d also got a Christmas tree outside but needed it bringing in and set up ready for decoration – it’s quite a big one.

Well, as you can see, he made it home but I was worried that, when he went back to the U.K., he would have difficulty getting back to France again because of the aforementioned strikes, demonstrations and general mayhem going on here at the moment.

Little did I think to worry about a drone (or drones) closing down Gatwick Airport for more than a day and causing travel chaos for thousands of people trying to get home to their families for Christmas.

There’s always something.  Last year the French air traffic controllers were randomly on strike.  Next year I’m going to insist he comes home a week early and stay here for the duration – I can’t stand the stress.

After rebooking himself and Mlle Tialys the Elder on a flight out of Heathrow (at vast expense) to make sure of arriving home in time for the festivities, including the now traditional dressing up of the dogs in festive manner, all is well,

Everybody’s here and we can relax.

I hope you are all able to be with the ones you want to be with this Christmas.


x x x


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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on December 24, 2018 - 08:16

    What a relief! So glad to know all are safely home. Your tree looks beautiful, your home cosy. Have a fabulous time!

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on December 24, 2018 - 08:58

    You just don’t need that kind of additional stress at this time of the year. So glad everyone got home and the logs are on the fire, the tree is brightly shining and the dogs are dressed correctly 🙂 I’m winding down and getting ready for bed, it’s Christmas Day here tomorrow, and we will start with a walk on the beach at 6.30 am. I enjoy knowing we are balancing the world in this way. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and I shall look forward to reading more from you next year xo

    • #4 by tialys on December 24, 2018 - 15:58

      It’s still mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve here – it’s so weird isn’t it? – and I’m just about to have my first mince pie of the year with a cup of tea.

  3. #5 by nanacathy2 on December 24, 2018 - 13:20

    Happy Christmas Lynne. So glad they made it.

  4. #6 by onecreativefamily on December 24, 2018 - 15:37

    Glad everyone is home and safe. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. #7 by katechiconi on December 24, 2018 - 15:43

    We got the news about Gatwick here too, and I immediately wondered if you were Home Alone, as it were… Glad all are present and correct and the ritual dog dressing has started… I tried to buy dangly flashing earrings today to keep my end up with the Dowager, who has a remarkable collection, but I was told I’d left it far too late, they’d all sold out days ago. Who knew…?

    • #8 by tialys on December 24, 2018 - 15:56

      You’ll know next year!

  6. #9 by mlmcspadden on December 24, 2018 - 16:17

    I’d missed the news about the problems at Gatwick. I’m glad that he was able to get home finally and that all is now well. Enjoy the blessings of the season.

  7. #10 by sew2pro on December 24, 2018 - 18:08

    The stage is set, the costumes are on, even the comedy characters look ready for the show!

    I think the real reason why we enjoy a peaceful Christmas is because we’ve had to get our knickers in a twist getting it all ready in the first place. The phrase running to stand still comes to mind.

    Thank you for the best wishes and same to you and your loved ones. xxx

  8. #11 by craftycreeky on December 24, 2018 - 18:15

    Glad they all got home safe and sound, I did think about you when all the drone problems continued! Merry Christmas 🙂

  9. #12 by anne54 on December 25, 2018 - 04:54

    How special to have everyone there for Christmas. Maybe the “will they/won’t they?” stress makes having all your family around the table even more special? I hope you have a merry old time, surrounded by the people you love. xox

  10. #13 by CurlsnSkirls on December 26, 2018 - 00:29

    Have thought of you often lately, but didn’t register that drones were keeping yours in U.K. Blimey! Glad everyone made it safely home. Good resolution for next season! Have some mince pies for this deprived (or is that with an “a”?) crazy lass across the pond! 🥰

  11. #14 by kathyreeves on December 26, 2018 - 15:48

    Glad everyone made it home for you! We sent Girl#2 back to Rome last Tuesday, she went standby, and her student’s pilot dad had a busy day fixing and refining her flights, but she managed to get to Milan and then took the train down to Rome. She always has adventures flying, usually arriving days after she’s supposed to, so I relate! Glad you were all together this year! The dogs are good sports. Max here would be giving us the stink eye!

  12. #15 by jendavismiller on December 26, 2018 - 23:00

    Oh, isn’t holiday travel a joyous time! Perhaps more joyous once all completed. So glad your loved ones made it safely home and holidays could proceed as planned. Beautiful tree! And how adorable is the pup in his Christmas hat. Wishing you the happiest of new years! 😀

  13. #16 by KerryCan on December 27, 2018 - 12:48

    I’m getting here late but am relieved to hear things worked out so well for your family! I hope you’ve enjoyed every moment together!

  14. #17 by magpiesue on January 2, 2019 - 23:29

    So glad everyone eventually made it home safe and sound. 🙂 Stick to your guns next Christmas!

    • #18 by tialys on January 3, 2019 - 12:07

      I will Sue – and I don’t think he will need much persuading either!

  15. #19 by Born To Organize on January 6, 2019 - 04:10

    It didn’t even occur to me that the Gatwick drone fiasco would affect you and your family. What a mess! I’m so glad it all worked out in the end, but who needs that kind of stress. I’m glad you resisted the urge? to use the chainsaw. That can’t be something you master quickly. Further, you need to retain all ten digits if possible to continue to sew, knit and craft. Happy belated Merry Christmas and wishing you all good things in the coming year. xo Alys

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