With Christmas only 23 days away,
it's got me thinking about our first Christmas at The Manor House.
We were deep in the middle of having the dining room renovated.
Finishing off the room, was getting less and less likely as Christmas drew closer.
Our builders worked frantically to finish but unfortunately there just wasn't enough time to complete it.
In a mad panic and knowing we were having lots of family to stay,
what could we do to 'spice up' the dining room for the festive time?
Richard had the bright idea to get Alfie and Jemima
to paint the walls with all the family members coming to stay.
These were the results...
We had a fantastic family time, lots of food and games, laughter and happiness.
It was a lovely Christmas.
The room felt cozy and warm and the paintings added a unique fun element.
It was a sad moment painting over the 'art' when the room eventually got finished but I'm glad we have these photos to remember what they looked like.
Our dining room looked very different last year at Christmas and with a few more members added to the family (Scarlett 6, Albie 3 and Boo 2), we managed to all sit down around the table and have another happy meal together. This time, my super talented photographer sister, Charlotte took this image to capture the magical moment.