Every day is like Sunday

Especially at Christmas time.

And it was silent and grey as I headed out to the Farmleigh Christmas Market with Smiley, but also calm and mild.  Just right for a relaxing stroll and maybe some last minute shopping.



You see I'm still looking for the perfect present for Smiley.  After all what do you buy for a young adult with very special needs who already has everything that she needs?  And she can't tell me what she wants either.  I had this half formed idea about her waking up on Christmas Day to find her room transformed into a sparkly grotto as a special surprise, but soon realised that I would not be able to do that without wakening her.  So I've been doing a little each day.  Inspired I am not.



I hoped to see something at the market, but it was not to be.  But Smiley loved it anyway, and I was so busy chatting to her and steering her buggy through the crowds that I did not catch any of her enjoyment on camera, apart from one photograph with a very special visitor.



Okay, so she's not smiling in this photo, but she IS interested in Santa, and that's important too.

There was lots and lots to see, with a dressing up pavilion, stage shows, craft and food stalls, a gallery and the moving train...



It was essential to sample all the food on sale, just in case there was something that absolutely had to be bought.  But there was not a huge selection of cakes, and the fudge was almost all gone.  Just enough for us though!



Once we'd got our sugar fix, it was time for another wander, which resulted in us stumbling into the singing Santa session, where I said a silent prayer for all the work teaching Smiley what Shhh means... not that she had to stop smiling and head dancing completely, just to be a little quieter about expressing her enjoyment!

As dusk fell, I wandered along by the lake with a very happy Smiley and reflected that the one thing she still wants more than anything else is my time.  For every day to be like Sunday, well this one anyway.   And that's a present that won't fit into any Christmas stocking.

The peaceful lake at Farmleigh




18 comments:

  1. Awww, that's lovely. Glad you had such an enjoyable day, and you are right - I wish we could wrap time up and put it under the tree. Greatest gift to give, and receive I reckon! Merry Christmas to you all xx

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  2. Ha she is looking very suspicious of the man in red!

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  3. It looks like a beautiful day together, really special. Happy Christmas C. Mich x

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    1. Happy Christmas Mich :) It was a really lovely day x

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  4. I think she was looking very interested in that man in the red suit! Lovely sentiment, she does love her days out with you....and a sparkly grotto is a very lovely idea! xx

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    1. Thans jazzy :) Lots more days out are planned too xx

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  5. I love that pic of her and Santa, perfectly captured. I hope you think if something, but time is a lovely gift. Merry Christmas, from our house to yours xx

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  6. sounds like a perfect day out.
    aud x

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  7. So true about them wanting our time more than anything. Merry Christmas to you all. xxx

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    1. I'm really trying to give them lots of time this Christmas, thank you for your good wishes xxx

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  8. I saw your Smiley picture on Instagram. Such a lovely capture.... I think she was too busy listening to him to remember to smile! :-)

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  9. Best present ever, time. It is so hard, isn't it. To just slow down and enjoy the Sunday feeling.....

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    1. Especially when there always seems to be so many things to do...

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