Monday, 2 January 2012

Don't let the door hit you on the arse on the way out, 2011.

It is fair to say that I, along with many people I know, felt that the majority 2011 was a steaming turd of a year. Don't get me wrong -  I had some grand old times and some lovely things happened. But -  the general consensus from me to you is  -  it was pap.

So, to give it a good old heave-ho-begone-so-long, we headed off to spend the welcoming in of 2012 with some good friends of ours. There was the promise of food and laughter. How could we say no?

I spent all of the final, limping day of 2011 in my pj's watching old movies, slurping tea and enjoying the flickery candle light around the flat. With the heating off. On account of it being a spring time 12 degrees Celsius in the outside word. In December. It has been so warm, the blossom has started to come out on the cherry tree outside. Me no likey.

But with the clock a ticking out the last hours and a dinner a waiting - I heaved myself into dolling up mode...

I removed the perming rods and discovered that rained-on-the-day-before-hair is crap at doing what you brush it to.

Check out my frizz! This is the best of a bad bunch. If I had only washed my locks. Ahh well.

I did decide to wear my "Boxing Day Dress" -  which I didn't actually wear on account of it matching the shirt The Beard had picked out for himself. So I saved it for NYE instead -  and made sure said Beard didn't wear stripes.

This cotton frock is thick enough to be worn with thicker tights underneath (if Winter actually ever makes an appearance), but light enough to frolick about the beach in. I love the colours and the little pink buttons (you can see in the first pic back up top). It came to me via Goldrush Vintage who were stationed at the last Antique vs Vintage of the year. For a whole £10. Yum yum!

Speaking of yum yum -  we took not one bottle of plonky booze -  but a whole basket.

We arrived to be greeted with nibbles & movie watching. We chose "Planes, Trains and Automobiles". I was reminded how much I am like Steve Martin when commuting. I must work on that. I don't have his finesse.

Our friends had prepared a delicious meal, which started off with home made bruschetta, moved on to chickeny-cheesy-bacony goodness and ended with a mind blowing coffee choc mousse.

There was wine, cider and the obligatory rum swilling.

And in between nomming and the New Year we played a version of scrabble. Where pretty much anything went. Including some rather unsavoury's. Like "pull". For shame.

We watched the fireworks agog, such as we thought their wonderfulness. And then we stayed up till the just before the birds began to breakfast, eating chocolate. 

What a fab way to see out the old and bring in the new. 

Hope you lovelies had fun where ever you celebrated!

Come on 2012 -  show 2011 how it's done!!


  1. Happy new year! I think your hair looks great. I tried to pincurl mine for christmas day and failed completely. one day I will manage to do it properly!

  2. Happy New Year! Thanks for your comment-spamming over at mine ;)

    Loving your game of scrabble, wonder if I can talk my parents in to that version the next time they threaten me!

    Here's hoping 2012 is better than 2011! x

  3. Happy New Year!

    You look so fab- that dress looks amazing on you!
    Let's hope 2012 is less of a shitter!x

  4. It looks like a fantastic way to see in the new year. That game of scrabble looks hilarious!
    Love the dress (what a bargain!)
    Happy New 2012 Charly!

  5. Happy New Year!

    How many points is 'boner' worth in scrabble then? Hahahaha!
    We stayed in this year, then went out for lunch yesterday. Felt to old and poor for the pub and club thing!

  6. What a lovely dress and a bargain at £10! Sounds like you had a good new year. I haven't played scrabble since well before I was old enough to know what any of those words mean!

  7. It looks like you had great fun!! I love your dress,/i'm only just relising how versatile these cotton dresses can be!

    Maxine xx

  8. I think your hair looks gorgeous and your frock is delightful. What a fab fun night - hope 2012 is a much better year for us all! Sarah xxx

  9. hello beautiful lady. what a fabulous night. i do like a bit of scrabble! Happy new year. xx

  10. Happy New Year Here's to a wonderous 2012. Himself and I saw the year in playing dominos, Scrabble is far more civilized!

  11. happy new year! You looked great, that frizz had nothing on the frizz I have most days! And you sleep in perm rods? That's hard core! (I tried once and it hurt sooo much!). Great dress too! Lina x

  12. Happy New Year! love the scrabble game! hehehehe

  13. Happy New Year lovely! Looks like you had fun on NYE

  14. Very pretty dress! Happy NY! x

  15. Happy New Year! The more I read your blog the more I love you...rude Scrabble, spiced rum and Koppaberg and gorgeous, too. x

  16. Lol your scrabble picture made me giggle so much!
    I hope this year turns out to be a great one for you :)

  17. Happy New Year. Your hair looks great! I also tried to pin curl my hair and I'm obviously not very good at it because it turned out terrible! Your dress looks lovely and was a really good find.

    My 2011 wasn't so great either, so lets hope 2012 holds great things for us both. All the best!

  18. Happy new year. Love the dress on you. Thanks for reminding me that I must play Scrabble more often.

  19. Happy new year!!! Looks like 2011 went out with a bang! x

  20. From the urban dictionary - Snork: Verb: "to drink something and have it come out your nose because you're laughing so hard."

    I do this more than I care to admit!

  21. will have to snork and use snork more often.

    ps: have also used QI many a time

  22. Happy New Year, LG!

    Considering I spent almost ¼ of 2011 stuck in a hospital bed, I'm more than happy to see the back of it. Here's wishing us all a happy and healthy 2012.

  23. I know I'm a bit slow off the mark, but Happy New Year! Your hair is looking particularly wonderful, and the dress fits you like a dream!

    That game of scrabble made me do a very audible laugh to myself!



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