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Why I love Secret Santa

21 Dec

Office Secret Santa is often dreaded by most people.   Luckily a few individuals in my office love it as much as I do!

This year Secret Santa brought me:

My lovely Glass Ladybird

Beautiful Snow Fairy

Thank you Secret Santa!  I love my presents!

I have a funny feeling that Secret Santa might have been shopping at the CREATE Festive Fayre!!!!!

And with the Snow Fairy came SNOW!  Of course not forecast for Bristol but here it is anyway!

View from my Office window


Right Honorable Wine & Pizza

15 Oct


On Tuesday night my department was invited to by the Lord Mayor for a reception at the Mansion House to say thank you for all the hard work on the Banksy exhibition. 


The Mansion House

The Mansion House

We were told that it was going to be tea and cakes, and you know me I can’t resist a cake 🙂


So after work off we went to the Mansion House, not quite sure what to expect.  Are we supposed to curtsy, bow, salute????


On entering we were offered a glass of wine (or juice)  so, of course we grabbed one, only to then be told that we are to be officially announced one at a time on entry to the Drawing Room to meet the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress.  PANIC!  I have handbag, jacket and glass of wine and now I need to salute the Lord Mayor!!!!!!!!!!!  I settled for shaking his hand but I’m quite sure he thought I was some kind of wine swilling pack horse!


It was a great evening, both the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress are absolutely lovely, very chatty and very easy to talk to. 

Me, Lady Mayoress, Lord Mayor & Sabs

Me, Lady Mayoress, Lord Mayor & Sabs


The biggest surprise was when the buffet was brought out – sandwiches, mini sausage rolls and PIZZA!




But the pizza was very nice and I do like a sausage roll 🙂


We had a tour of the house and the little museum they have in there on the history of Bristol’s Lord Mayors.


So it was time to go home but first a visit to powder one’s nose.  In the Ladies Powder Room!  I don’t think I had ever been in a real powder room before!  So I took some pictures 😉


Sadly I couldn’t capture the massive aroma of roses to share with you.

A Haven of Pink Powderness

A Haven of Pink Powderness


The whole room soley for the application of powder!

The whole room solely for the application of powder!


Beautiful Couch

Beautiful Couch


Sadly my handbag wasn’t quite big enough to fit the couch or any of the gorgeous chairs from the Drawing Room in 😦



But the house is lovely and the grounds are beautiful.  They hire it out for weddings and events if you are interested have a look here.



It wasn’t quite Afternoon Tea with the Queen but I really enjoyed Pizza and Wine with the Lord Mayor!





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