Visiting Raystede Animal Sanctuary

On Christmas Eve, Mama had made plans long in advance to visit Raystede Animal Sanctuary, in Ringmer, near Lewes.

We were pleasantly surprised by how nice it was there, and we’d highly recommend visiting there and seeing all the animals in such a lovely environment. Continue reading “Visiting Raystede Animal Sanctuary”

Getting our Christmas tree

During the day today, we took some time to hunt down a Christmas tree. Mama really wanted a real tree to decorate, so we found a florist selling some trees and with the help of some spare decorations from Aunty Nicola, we were all set. Continue reading “Getting our Christmas tree”

Dinner at Nicola’s with Granny

Today, we headed over to Aunty Nicola’s house to see everyone again and to meet Granny.

We shared some Lebanese food, but more importantly, we played around with Granny, Aunty Nicola, Aunty Michelle and Max. Continue reading “Dinner at Nicola’s with Granny”

Ellie’s first few days in England

Our first few days in England were characterized by lots of sleeping, meeting family members and more snoozing.

Ellie met Aunty Nicola, Aunty Michelle, Uncle Andy, Aunty Sam, cousin Ace and cousin Max for the first time, and met Grandad and Dosh again. Continue reading “Ellie’s first few days in England”

Our Christmas trip to Mount Dora

The past two years, Marti and I have gone to Mount Dora a weekend or two before Christmas, as a little getaway. It also helped us to get a bit more in the Christmas spirit, as that can be hard when it’s 80+ degrees outside: Mt Dora is quite a small little town in central Florida, which goes all out for Christmas and it’s a nice place to kick back and get festive.

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This year, we had no intention of stopping that tradition, so we invited Marti’s mom along and the four of us enjoyed a nice little weekend. We stayed at Maison en Ville, which is an excellent little B and B, downtown, within walking distance of all the town’s offerings.