January {Loves}

Unlike the majority of the population, I usually look forward to January. If a month could be introverted, it would be January, wouldn't it? A month of quiet reflection and fresh starts.

It usually indicates a trip to Germany in the Sharples household. This year was no exception, and we duly headed off to Berlin a couple of weeks into January for my annual pilgrimage to the motherland.

But, I can't help but feel... well, a bit flat, to be honest with you. 

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An Intentional Valentine's Day

We've always been one of those couples who proclaim that we don't need a clichéd Hallmark-card day of flowers and chocolates to profess our love for each other. After all, love is shown in the little things, isn't it? A cup of tea brought to you in bed in the morning. A foot rub after a hard day. Taking the bins out, even.

But as time goes on, you realise that time has indeed gone on

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December {Loves}

Let's see how far I can get with this post without mentioning the elephant in the room, shall we?!

We've had plenty to celebrate in December with the month kicking off with a special little lady's 4th birthday. How can Sophia be 4 already? She had a wonderful day, topped off with a tea party with her friends.

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November {Loves}

I'd thought November would be a quiet month, really.

We were embarking on Project New Kitchen and with the C-word just around the corner, we'd expected it to just be a stepping stone into the festive period. Just a quiet month at home, with nothing much to report on. But when I flicked back through my diary and looked at the photographs I'd taken, I realised that we had done far more than I'd remembered! 

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Carly's Christmas Cranberry Compote

It's just cranberry sauce, really. 

But it tastes sooooo delectable that I felt like calling it plain ol' cranberry sauce did it no justice. Plus, I'm a big fan of alliteration.

Christmas. Yep, I just dropped the C bomb (no, not that one; go and wash your mouth out!) in November. It's the same date each year. We have 52 whole weeks beforehand to prepare for it, yet for some reason Christmas as a concept always lies dormant in my mind until suddenly it bursts to life around mid-November shouting "SURPRISE!" like a sneaky little devil. 

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