Let the Festivities Begin

“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together!” ~ Rosie Thomas.

The midweek word prompt on partner GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Holiday Treats.

Very few British would refer to December as the holiday season; the holiday season in the UK is summertime. For many, the Christmas break from work is just two days, so not much of a holiday, though if you work in Education as son Joss and daughters Victoria and Elizabeth do, your school is closed for two whole weeks!

Early December heralds the start of the Christmas season, with Christmas parties and Christmas lunches being the top of our festivity list, these are usually known as the Christmas Do, Works Do, Office Party or Christmas Fuddle. 

IMG_3816My Christmas festivities (treats) kicked off a couple of weeks ago with lunch with cousin Angela. We chose a festive Christmas lunch at the Mill restaurant next to the River Wharfe in Otley, Yorkshire.


The succulent turkey with all the trimmings was beautifully presented, beautifully cooked, and was absolutely delicious. And although very busy with ‘Office lunches’, the service was second to none. Our lunchtime was long and leisurely, and as the photos show, we were the last to leave, and embarrassingly, the waitresses were waiting downstairs with their coats on!


The tasteful Father Christmas in the corner, coupled with the minimalist approach to Christmas decorations were just perfect. Warm lights and delicate Christmas greenery added to the tasteful ambience, anything more would have been out of place in such a lovely old building.

Unfortunately, due to my debilitating back pain, last week I had to cancel a second festive lunch with a group of friends. However, by Sunday, with the backache beginning to ease I was able to enjoy a festive morning at Harewood House with my eldest daughter Victoria, followed by lunch at The White Hart Hotel in Pool (in-Wharfedale), but more about that later in the week.

On Monday I met up with three dear friends at the Wheatley Arms Hotel in Ilkley. We met at the hotel at 12:15 PM, and already the place was buzzing.

Wheatley Arms Hotel 2Wheatley Arms Hotel
What an enjoyable lunchtime this was, putting the world to rights and catching up with family news and gossip, we didn’t leave the hotel until 4:15 PM, and once again we were the last to leave, but as the hotel is open all day, no one appeared to mind.

Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley The map shows my festive outings in Wharfedale the area in which I live – Old Bramhope just outside of the village of Bramhope. 

The next festive occasion will be a Christmas Eve supper at my place followed by Christmas Day at Victoria’s, just next door.

PSAnyone who believes men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas parcel!” – Greetings.com

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Holiday Treats from Weekly Prompts.

Picture Credits:  Map of Wharfedale, courtesy of Google. Wheatley Arms photos from Trip Advisor because I forgot to take pictures! 


24 thoughts on “Let the Festivities Begin

  1. Both of those settings look lovely, warm, and enjoyable!
    And I know those people you celebrated with were even lovelier, warmer, and more enjoyable than the settings! 🙂

    I love all the parties, gatherings, and meals this time of year with my family and friends! 🙂

    Keep enjoying the festivities and the season! 🙂

    I hope with each passing day your back feels betterer ( 🙂 ) and betterer!!!
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…the quote made me snort-laugh!!! 😀

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      1. HA! I know some men who pretend they can’t wrap presents…some go so far as to wrap one and do it badly…so’s the women in their lives will wrap the gifts for them. 😉 😛

        Smart men! 😀

        Darn! Wish I’d of thought of that decades ago.
        I do not enjoy wrapping gifts.


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    1. Thank you, Ruth.
      Blubberhouses is one of those places that you’ve driven through but didn’t notice, a handful of cottages at the side of the road and that’s it. I agree, great name! 🙂

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  2. Lovely description and photographs, Sue. Hope your back is feeling a lot better. My dear old Dad used to suffer with a bad back and dropped foot. You are spot on about men wrapping Christmas presents. I always feel in awe how all the other presents are beautifully wrapped under the tree and mine looks a complete mess.

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    1. I’m not the best either, I used to buy empty boxes just so the gifts would look good when wrapped, I’ve given up on that one!
      The back is improving just so long as I’m careful how I move and don’t spend too long on my feet.
      Thank you, Trev. 🙂

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  3. I love the quote! My husband always has me wrap his presents. The kids are onto us, though! 😀 The restaurants look so cozy–I’d have sat back and lingered, too. I do not like being rushed.

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    1. There’s always something to catch up on, especially with my good three friends. We used to work together so there’s usually a snippet about another colleague or one of the old pupils (students) and of course our own kids, I’m sure we could have carried on until evening and stayed for dinner if the other three didn’t have husbands to get home to! Thank you Lois 🙂


  4. Murphy's Law

    The places you dined are so beautiful and decorated so tastefully, that alone would make you linger. Add family and good friends to the mix and it’s a wonder you left at all!

    Sounds like you’re off to a good start celebrating. Sure hope your back improves immensely.

    Have a wonderful time Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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    1. I’ve just this second replied to Lois on a the same theme, yes, it is a wonder we left. The hotel bedrooms at the Wheatley are pretty good too!

      We’re very fortunate around here to have such good places to eat.

      Thank you So much, Ginger. Have a lovely Christmas with your family. 🙂


    1. We are fortunate to have some great restaurants in the area, but at this time of year it becomes expensive. My next catch up with friends is mid January when prices will be back to normal! Thank you so much, Lisa.

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