‘F’ is for Fourteen- 2014

Christmas has always been a special time for me, a time when we remember those no longer with us who loved Christmas just as much.   So why not have a go at highlighting some of my last ‘Fourteen’ Christmas’s since 2000!


The first year is …… drum roll……2001.  Christmas is a wonderful celebration when you are not alone, this was still a sad one for me.  But met up with old South African friends in London  one day and then spent a quiet time at home.

2002 – Messages came from afar!


 What a cheery, colourful time of the year, Christmas is, and it was so, so special when I got to spend it with  lovely first grand daughter!- 2004



The fourth is……. drum roll….. 2006! Spent the first Christmas with my soon to be husband in our new home.  There are no photos!!!

The fifth is memorable too, we shared our Christmas fare with more family, it was  ……. 2008, and this was the year that, on their first night, my brother in law slipped down between the two single beds that were pushed together; almost never to be seen again!



And my other sister in law destroyed our garden with the biggest popper in the world at New Year.  We still find bits of shiny foil under ivy and behind bushes!!

2008 2

Then came  ………. 2009, a very cold year, when we missed our ferry to Dublin; arrived in the middle of the night; the sat nav wouldn’t work but we eventually found our way down the  N2 to Knockpatrick in the dead of night.  Got lost again, then were miraculously found by my son in law, down a dark road surrounded on both sides by bushes!  This road turned out to be just around the corner from my daughters house!


2009 2

As you can see the “Karaoke Cowgirls” were in town and kept most of the household awake till the early hours of the morning.  Christmas morning was bitterly cold but presents had to be tested!

Christmas morning

2010…………… when the other daughters came to stay for a few days!

Christmas night they found unusual games to play with after dinner mints and the karaoke was out again, with very talented singers fighting to be heard!

Christmas 2010


Dar and Phil

Paul and Tammy

The Christmas Jim Jam parade!!

Jim Jam Parade

2011 ………………….. Just hubby and I!

Christmas 2011

The Finlay’s from South Africa, my long lost brother, wife and family joined us for a week in 2012, it was wonderful.  London was visited on Christmas Eve, and New Year was heralded in around a roaring fire at midnight.

2012 2




2012 3

And lastly this is 2014!!


Happy Christmas Everyone!


About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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6 Responses to ‘F’ is for Fourteen- 2014

  1. Jim says:

    Hi Liz ~~ Nice reminiscing. Our London kids are finally back here in Texas after five years away. We ate Christmas dinner with them today. For sure we had poppers and the karaoke machine.

    • liz2you says:

      Hi Jim, Thanks for sharing this with me by having a read. Glad you got to spend time with your children this Christmas.

  2. What lovely memories – that little skateboarder is sure a cutie!

  3. liz2you says:

    He is a little Irish minx, I can assure you! Thanks for dropping by, have a great Christmas.

  4. storybeader says:

    always nice to have photos of family. Happy Holidays {:-Deb

  5. Betty says:

    Looks like you’ve had lots of fun over the years! Great memories.

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