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So Christmas is over for another year, it’s official, the tree is down and decorations banished to the cupboard for another year.

Here’s a query for you…for many years I took my decorations down on January 6th which is the Epiphany. It was what my Mum did and I followed suit. But, then I discovered that most people take their decorations down on 12th night which is January 5th. Despite my Mum teaching me it was incredibly unlucky to take them down before the 6th, I have in the past couple of years taken the opportunity to be rid of Christmas a day earlier, sorry Mum. So, what do you believe is the right time to take down the tree and decorations? Maybe you are like a lot of my friends who like them gone before January?

This Christmas passed peacefully and we had a lot of fun as a family. I think maybe I got stressed out in the run up, not because of the usual things, but because we are renowned to have disastrous Christmas holidays and I was worried it would go wrong again. Our track record includes 3 family deaths, pet deaths, huge fall outs, and calls to the police and ambulance services. Even I didn’t escape as only 3 years ago I ended up in hospital on New Years Day. You know what, we only need a murder to fully compete with an Eastenders Christmas script.

New Year!

Sadly we did begin the New Year on a bad note as my Mother-in-law’s dog passed away during the night on the 4th January. I’m not a huge dog lover but Sasha was such a gentle friendly dog, she will be missed.

a head view of a staffordshire bull terrier dog
In Memory of Sasha

On 7th January I am having my hospital treatment which is much needed. I think I totally wore myself out over the Christmas period. Bad eating, too much alcohol and too many late nights have taken their toll.

The Little Man is back at school on the 7th and the Girl’s go back on the 9th. It will be strange getting back into a routine. But, I’ve found the solution to a lot of my woes. My son bought me a new tumble dryer for my Birthday back at the end of November, and last week I bought myself a new washing machine. Both new machines are 10kg loads and super quick, I can’t believe what a difference it has made to my washing mountain. (my old machines were both 7kg loads) I’m almost looking forward to tackling the school uniforms and p.e. kits again. (almost)

The Blog

I’m migrating my blog this week to a new host so I may disappear for a while. I should be back by Friday for my Word of the Week though. Nothing will change, Raisie Bay will still look the same. (hopefully)

Thanks for reading x

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  1. January 7, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    Good luck with the transfer to a new host. I did that about 2 1/2 years ago and it took some fixing by me. Glad you enjoyed the holidays and I look forward to visiting you in 2019! #MMBC

    • January 8, 2019 / 12:40 pm

      I moved about a year ago, but unfortunately I cannot afford to stay with my current host. I’ve someone else who is going to do the move for me and host me for a fraction of the price. Fingers crossed it will go smoothly. x

  2. January 7, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    So sorry to hear about sweet Sadie. I am sure she will be missed. I took my Christmas decorations down on the 6th this year, but I don’t really have any set date. Happy New Year!

    • January 8, 2019 / 12:41 pm

      I am not really superstitious but my Mum was. I do like to keep mine up until early January though, I actually feel sad taking them down. x

  3. January 7, 2019 / 7:26 pm

    Oh no! You do not have much luck over the festive period. I’m so sorry about your mother in laws dog.
    I hope your treatment went well.
    The washing machine and tumble dryer sound fantastic! You’ll always have an empty washing basket. hehehe
    Good luck with the blog move. x #MMBC

    • January 8, 2019 / 12:42 pm

      The washing machine is super quiet too so I don’t have to worry about using it when others are in bed 🙂 x

  4. January 9, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    sorry to hear Christmas in the past has been so awful, glad this one was more relaxing although sad news about the in laws dog. I’d never fill a 10kg washing machine with just hubby and I. Hope back to school went well and your treatment has helped #keepingitreal

  5. January 9, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    Hope your procedure went well on Monday. We also lost a much loved pet a couple of days ago and the whole house feels weird without her.
    As for the tree my mum always put it up 12 days before Christmas and took it down 12 days after. I just took up that tradition until a couple of years ago when I decided I didn’t like carrying the echo of Christmas into a new year (I love the up energy of Jan 1st). So now I put it up still on the 13th December when the kindness elves arrive and take it down on Dec 31st.

  6. January 11, 2019 / 3:03 pm

    Hi Anne, I could almost hear the Eastenders drumroll as I read your post! I am so sorry to hear about your Mum-In-Laws dog, losing them is the one big downside of letting them into our lives. You do actually sound excited about tackling the washing! Now that’s a good way to start the year… I hope your treatment went well & your blog migration goes to plan.

    Thank you for sharing your post at the #keepingitreal link up.


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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.