~ Advent Photo-a-day ~

It’s December and Advent is upon us. This year has flown by.  Lots of change and lots of new adventures.  I can’t believe it is soon over. In the interests in getting friendly with my camera and creativity again, I have decided to post a picture a day for advent up here.  I made this decision and then yesterday (the first of December) I completely forgot to take any pictures!  I did however get some snaps on my phone (a very old HTC, so nothing groundbreaking). A challenge is a challenge and the best camera you own is the one that you have with you.  So here goes:


1st December: Mountain biking in the snow 01DEC2013

A hobby I have picked up this year.  After our Basel Badgers festive brunch we joined with some other bikers and climbed up a big hill into the snow and then back down again.  We were out for a good 3 hours or so and my toes were frozen by the time I got home.  Great fun!


2nd December: Pink Christmas Tree


Yes, we have a pink Christmas tree!  Not very big, but brightens the room!  There are some self made ornaments on there too (not this one though!).


3rd December:  Tour underneath Basel with my agency


It was a really excellent night!  Really nice to catch up with people I haven’t seen for a while and make some new acquaintances.  Basel is very clean underground and coming out by the Mittlebrukke at night was pretty special too.


4th December: Irish Musicians


I took some photos of an Irish Session band tonight.  They play in The Nelson pub in town every other Wednesday evening.  You should definitely check it out, it was an awesome evening – a good craic!


5th December: Lava Lamp 05DEC2013

Maia came home with hand written instructions on how to make a lava lamp.  It was a successful experiment.

3/4 oil

1/4 water

Food colouring (we used green, but red would probably be better)



6th December: Gratiiman Breakfast 6thDec  For St. Nicholas Day we had a nice sociable breakfast at work.  Yummy! These are actually taken with my mates iphone.  I’m pretty impressed with the camera – almost enough to want one myself! 


7th December: Angel Market


The Ängelimärt in Allschwil.  Once a year, if the little kids dress up as Angels they get gifts from the stalls.


It’s also a bit of a tradition here to have Harley riding Santas.  This is the first time I have seen them, so I can’t resist adding this in too!


8th December:  Roast dinner with family

The dinner was yummy and the company was warming.  This is Maia at the train station waiting for a train on the way home:



9th December: Meeting a new little lady


Very good friends of mine finally welcomed a very special little girl into the world.  I’ve been anticipating this arrival with excitement for some time.  Newborn snuggles are the best!  Well done guys, she’s beautiful.  Love you all! x

10th December:  More baby



This time with me in it!  I couldn’t stay away, so went back for another visit after work.  You can see the remnants of my purple hair from dressing up as an Evil Minion for the work end of year party!


11th December: Dinner


Forgot to take anything else, so this is my dinner being cooked.


12th December: Frost on the rooftops



From my kitchen window.


13th December: Tourists enjoying some sights



And an extra one because this bokeh is just beautiful!



14th December: Contrasts


Pretty wall display.


 15th December: Waiting for a tram


Ahh, Europe!  (from my phone because I didn’t really take any other photos)


16th December:  Our other christmas trees


They have a 3d effect which is pretty cool!


17th December: Maia’s Christmas Show


Taken outside afterwards by lamplight.


18th December: Pi Pan!


From a kickstarter I backed.  The tin arrived today!


19th December:  Lego rocks!



Maia found the Winter market in the cellar when I was doing some washing, so we built it slowly during the month of December instead of at Christmas.  This carousel is a work of art and Maia loved building it with the help of neighbours and freinds.


20th December:  Sleepy headIMG_8730

No pictures until the end of the day.  My baby sleeping.


21st December:  Girls girls girls! (and one boy)


Such sweet tenderness.  A day with a few of my favourite people at a special time in their life.


22nd December:  Fake Christmas Day


Selfie of me and the girl on the little beach by the lake in Neuchatel after Ice skating.  It was a bit cold!


23rd December: Busy day ending with an overnight train


Taken outside in Mulhouse before catching my sleeper train to Montpellier.  Third trip this year to see more fabulous people for a Christmas break.  Yey!


24th December:  The chocolate loves me!


A nice little treat for me at the Christmas markets.


25th December: Christmas Day!


The girls that I got to play with on xmas day in the sun in the South of France.  Never have I had such a warm Christmas.  Thanks so much for having me, it was wonderful.


Beyond Advent, because I want to…


26th December:  Cathedral of Images



Something super special.  It was an hour and a quarter to get there, but – oh, so worth it!  Driving in countryside that beautiful passed in no time too.  I wonder if this video will work.  It was something else.  I highly recommend it if you are in the area.


27th December:  Beachside sunset



After a great beachside cycle ride.  Just what I needed after all that yummy food and drink. 


Wishing everyone a happy and fun 2014!  Maybe I’ll be there to capture some of those moments!

Claire x


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