5 Happy Things #40 | Getting Festive

December 4, 2018

How are we at December already guys?! I can’t believe it! It feels like I was in Prague the other day, but that was over a month ago now. Where is time going?!

I’m back with a little update today as I’ve been doing so much again recently. So much so, that for the rest of December I’m keeping things a bit more quiet. I only have a couple of Christmas parties to attend and I then have 2 weeks off from 21st December. My Xmas hols I intend to spend resting and at home, enjoying our lovely house. Especially as we’re hosting this year and I did just buy a ridiculous 7ft tree… It’s huge. Anyway, what have I been up to recently…

#1 Tim Hortons Launch*, Birmingham

The famous Canadian chain Tim Hortons has finally made it to Brum. I was so happy to see it pop up in the city centre, the one in Salford is a bit of a trek from city centre Manchester. Now if you’ve not been before you must go. Not only do they do great hot drinks, their Timbits are what you need. Lovely mini donuts, that are very more-ish!


#2 Polpo, London

Last week I had a day trip to London for work. Afterwards I decided to meet up with some friends in the city for dinner. We headed to Polpo in Soho for our arancini and pasta fix. I also went a bit mad on G&Ts and thanks to London prices, 2 G&Ts cost me more than what I picked for my dinner! But things aside, dinner was delicious and I enjoyed my crab linguine.


#3 Christmas Lights, London

It wouldn’t be a trip to London without fighting the crowds to see some awesome Christmas lights would it?! I had a bit of time before meeting everyone for dinner. I wandered around Soho and Oxford St to see the lights (and snuck into Liberty). I especially loved the lights on Carnaby Street. They were stunning!


#4 House of Trembling Madness,  York

We’ve just come back from a weekend away in York. Oh my, how much I fell in love! The House of Trembling Madness is a must visit. The beer and cider options are epic, you can even buy beer from the shop downstairs to drink upstairs in the pub. Oh yes guys, this place has an EPIC beer shop. (Of course I stocked up before heading home!) Also the food is fab. Dr W had a delicious Game Pie and I shared a Christmas Platter – this had all sorts of wonderful cured meat, but also Cranberry and Pork Pie. There was also Christmas Cake to enjoy with soft cheese and I tell you what, I actually enjoyed the combo!


#5 York Christmas Markets

No visit to York at Christmas time would be complete without a walk through the markets. Much better than any German themed market, these markets support local businesses, which is just fantastic. They also were much more pleasant to walk around than some I’ve been too, everything was spaced fairly well. I will definitely have to go back next year!

So what’s been making you happy lately? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. * I was invited to the launch of Tim Hortons, as ever all views and me wanting to share with my readers is up to me. Now go get yourself some Timbits!


  • Reply Alexander Ward December 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Everytime I see someone post about York it reminds me how I’m still yet to visit – it looks so good! Thanks for making me want to go even more Emma…

  • Reply Carly Markham December 5, 2018 at 9:55 am

    I am trying to get all of my upstairs rooms decorated before Christmas so everything is hectic here and I haven’t had much chance to do anything festive yet! I really hope I get time for a Christmas market visit though!!

  • Reply Naomi Oikonomou December 5, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I feel like I turned around and the year was done, its stormed by so fast. This post has got me all excited for christmas though! However, i’m not quite ready to address 2019! 🙂

  • Reply Jenny December 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I’m also trying to wind down before we all finish work and school on the 21st – can’t wait!

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