Monday, January 14, 2013


Not really goodbye, more like 'I have moved!'. After three years on blogger I have become increasingly frustrated with it's insistence not to let me post photos where I want them, the huge amount of spam comments I get and the fact that readers generally find it tricky to comment on blogger blogs.

So, it is goodbye to Blogger, but not goodbye to Mummy Limited or, I hope, my lovely, loyal readers.

Please pop over to my new blog. I'm really pleased with how it's looking and would love to see you there. I am feeling reinvigorated with blog posts brimming in my head. There are some lovely large, pretty green buttons for you to subscribe to my new feed. Please do re-subscribe. The only thing that's been holding me back from switching is the thought that I might lose everyone.

So, I'm delighted to introduce the new, improved Mummy Limited, with face lift ;)

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Satsuma in the Toe

I've been taking part in Snaffles Mummy's homemade Blog Hop and as I completely forgot to post something one my allocated day, she kindly let me in on Christmas Eve.

Hopefully all your Christmas preparations are done and the only homemade things you'll be doing today are the odd batch of mince pies or sausage rolls, so I thought I would share a post I wrote a couple of years about a simple addition you can make to everyone's stocking. I love this post and when I read it back it seemed like an age ago. This year I will be doing two stockings and as is usual for this time of year, I am left wondering, once again, where does the time go?

I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and are spending it with those you love the most. Merry Christmas from everyone in the Limited household to everyone in yours xxx

A satsuma in the toe

It is dark and I am sleeping in a camp bed in my brother's room. I stir and without opening my eyes, I stretch my feet to the end of the bed so they touch the weight of an old sock, no longer empty, as it was when I went to bed. My stomach flips and I sit up, leaning forward in the dark to feel the lumps and bumps of the stocking. Quickly, I check the time. It's 6am and finally I am allowed to wake up. 

"Toby" I whisper "He's been"

The light at the other end of the room snaps on and at last I can start to empty the mis-shapen football sock. It has been cleverly filled by the adults, but to me has nothing to do with them. To me, it has been filled by Father Christmas and left for us to open on our own, while the rest of the house is still sleeping. 

Every year it is the same and yet different. Some items are wrapped, some are not. A comic or a book is near the top, followed by a game or a puzzle. Further down there is a bag of chocolate coins and some peanuts, still in their shells and right at the bottom, as always, there is a pound coin and a satsuma in the toe. 

After they are empty we snuggle back into our beds to read our comics and eat the fruit, until I can stand it no longer and drag my brother downstairs to take our first peek at what has appeared under the tree. 
 know he still continues this tradition with his family, as my youngest niece told me when she was five that she wouldn't be leaving a small orange for Santa's snack, because he didn't like them. When I asked how she knew this I was firmly told "because he gives them away to everyone else, obviously"

This year Mini Mck will have his stocking filled with a few loosely wrapped, easy to play with toys that he can open on his own and at the bottom, with a small piece of peel taken away, to start him off, he will find a satsuma in the toe.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Must-see Movies at Christmas....for grown ups

I should be writing my list of things that I need to do today, seeing as it's the first day of Mckdaddy's school holiday and we have family for lunch tomorrow, but frankly you've probably got a million things to do as well and you're procrastinating on the internet and so why not join you?

There are tons of lists of Christmas films that you have to watch at this festive time of year that help get you in the mood. This year I have introduced Mini Mck to Muppets Christmas Carol, which is a bit scary for him, so I just have to sit down with him, cup of tea and mince pie in hand, such a chore.

However, I have certain films that are not really about Christmas as such, but all make a nod to the festive season. It feels wrong to watch snow scenes in August and so out they come in December. I thought I'd share them with you. Nearly all of my choices have a romantic smultzy feel and I make no apology for that, it's Christmas.

A classic Christmas film that will make you laugh and definitely cry. May I suggest this one before Christmas, with a nice glass of port and a whole pile of presents that need wrapping. The multiple, almost unrelated stories lend themselves well to getting on with an otherwise tedious task. If you can ignore the dreadfully annoying and wooden Keira Knightly, still not a big star, but still awful, then it is a perfect start to Christmas. And I might add, with plenty of eye candy.

From a time when Eddie Murphy swore a lot and was funny, the brilliant Trading Places is another classic. This one is definitely not smultzy, but is funny and something a bit different at Christmas. It was one of the first film I watched more than once and it is still funny after all these years. One for those of us that are looking forty in the eyes. 

This one is more recent and definitely has moments of too many slightly annoying people, but I want to live in this house, with it's gorgeous tableware and crazy family feel. I'll be honest, the main reason that this one is here is because of Diane Keaton. I have loved her every since seeing Annie Hall and could just watch her in just about anything. The addition of Luke Wilson and Dermot Mulroney, who are both easy on the eye and Rachel McAdams, who is always really watchable have meant this one has become a firm favourite for me.

I suppose you could watch this one at any time of the year, as it does span a whole year, but you'd be wrong. The climax of the film is in the snow, so for me it's a Christmas film and with possibly one of my favourite last lines from a leading man ever. "Hang on, nice boys don't kiss like that" "Oh yes, they fucking do....." Love it. 

I have saved the best until last with this one. Again, I suppose you could watch it at anytime, but I recommend between Christmas and New Year. It has a great New Year ending. Meg Ryan before she had weird lips and Billy Crystal before he was cemented in my mind as Mike Wazowski, throw in the amazing talents of Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron and you have film perfection. I'm not joking. This has got to be one of the best romantic films ever. Watch it. 

So, there you go, once the children are in bed and you can stop watching their Christmas films, watch these and feel really festive, without it being shoved in your face. 

Are they any I'm missing? What are your favourite grown-up festive films?