Sunday, 8 December 2013

Gladys Strikes Again

The 95 year old Trelawnyd baking fairy has done her work yet again and has left us a large bag of warm scones and a small plate of mince pies in a bag tied to the front door. It was perfect timing seeing that we were having our usual festive argument  about how and where to put the Christmas tree.
We bought a cheap £20 one from B&Q today after sizing some sweet little trees outside a shop in Prestatyn high Street.   I Asked the chap how much his trees were going for?
" 39 quid!" He called out
I looked at Chris
All he said was
" ho........ho.........ho!" Before walking off



35 comments:

  1. There's nothing like the smell of real Christmas greenery..mix that with the smell of warm scones and mince pies and I'm pretty sure that must be what heaven smells like.

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  2. He's a card, that Chris........

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  3. Chris is quick on the uptake. and your telling of any story is so vivid, John, I can picture it all in my mind! Have a great day. Jo

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  4. Great story.
    Love Aunt Gladys, scones, minced pies, trees and your wonderful photo

    cheers, parsnip

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  5. I love Gladys. So funny that she never knocks...just like a fairy.

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    1. I will pop her a pointsettia plant tomorrow

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  6. they look dee-lish! wish I could savor a mince pie...

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  7. Picture of the completed tree please?

    wonder if any of the dogs ever thinks about weeing on real trees and thinks its a present from their owners that they don't have to go to the loo out in the cold? "how very kind of you Sir..."

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  8. Please, please, please send that baking fairy over to my house. I'll even provide the large container to be filled :)

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  9. i just finished 7 hours of mincemeat tart baking! i don't even like them much.

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  10. Real trees are about that here too. I'm about to get a stick from outside and decorate that. One year I hung stuff all over a bed-head that I was trying to sell on TradeMe. I thought it looked lovely but the kids thought it was weird. Moi? Weird?
    I can smell the mincy meaty from here.

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  11. Looks so festive and those pies look delicious. I wish I had an Auntie Gladys in my neighborhood!!

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  12. Remember when Christmas trees were £1 a foot?
    Those pies look really good.

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  13. *squeal* I have just seen the trailer for Sherlock.... O M G

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  14. My plastic tree works fine. I only had to buy it once.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. I bet that is homemade mincemeat too in those pies.

    Just a bit jealous over here in Canada!

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  16. Auntie Glad is a star. Wish her peace and joy and a happy Christmas from me xx

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  17. Nice to see your preparation for Christmas John. Reminds me of my other life, when Christmas was a full on rush for all of December, leaving me winded and fattened afterwards!

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  18. Those mince pies look like they need some HELP to disappear really quickly!! lol Sweet Gladys!
    I remember selling 6 foot trees when I was a kid (OK in the 60's) for the high price of.....$3.00!!!

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  19. I love a real tree - love that gorgeous smell - but as I shall be away from home all Christmas week, rather than not trim up at all, I have bought a 6ft one, complete with lights and baubles, from Wilko, bargain at £17.50, now added extra lights and used my own treasured decorations.
    When I return, it won't be to a dull, bare home, but to Christmas colour, lights and decorations. Yay!!! Even got seasonal food in the freezer!

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  20. Even here in the pacific northwest where a large percentage of xmas trees are grown, and EVEN when one traipses out to the tree farm and saws down a tree, the cost is $$$. But there really is nothing to match the smell of fresh fir in the house! Your tree looks gorgeous!!

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  21. *sigh* I would like for Gladys to come live near me .

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  22. "Every time a bell rings...aunty Gladys bakes some scones"
    Jane x

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  23. Everything looks great, John. :-)

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  24. Thank God for those baking fairies :-)

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  25. Auntie Gladys is a treasure & her scones always look so delicious.
    Chris was right to put the "Bah Humbug" on that greedy tree seller. You would think a tree would come fully lit & decorated for that price.
    I invested in a fake tree that looks very realistic. It goes up in 3 minutes - no cursing or fluffing required. Just plug it in, the lights come on & it's ready to decorate.
    Actual decorating of the tree has been delayed by the Arctic blast we are experiencing. We are about to begin our 2nd week of the coldest weather in 40 years, as it dipped to -5 degrees last night & will not go above 15 today - Burrrr. The decorations are stored in an outdoor shed, so they will have to wait until mid-week when the temps.will go above freezing.
    It looks like you & Chris managed to find a reasonably priced tree somewhere. The bit showing in your photo looks lovely & those star lights are fantastic with all their sparkle.

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  26. God bless dear Auntie Gladys!

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  27. I love to hear about Auntie Glad. Glad she left you some yummy scones and mince pies.

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  28. She is a dear! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Lovely decorations!

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  29. Those mincemeat pies look delicious. And they're a reminder that I need to buy a roast of beef so I can have leftovers so I can grind them up so I can add them to a bottle of "mincemeat" (raisins and stuff, no meat included) so I can make our mincemeat pies ...

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  30. Yeah, but don't forget that the £39 tree MUST have included decorations, fairy lights and a selection of gifts too.

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  31. What would Christmas be without a good festive argument?

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  32. We have a small artificial tree that cost about £3 from Woolworths many years ago. It's still in splendid nick. Real trees are impressive but absurdly expensive and shed needles like nobody's business.

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  33. Wow....we bought an eleven foot balsam fir on Saturday for $26 usd!

    Can't stand the plastic fumes from the fake ones...they make me nauseous.

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