Tuesday, 17 December 2013

....and 12 months later...

I'm back!

Once upon a time I called my gingerbread house post my 'annual non-knitting post'.  I think it's safe to say we can shorten that now to my 'annual post'.

Many thanks to those of you who have gotten in touch over the year to see how I am and ask about whether I'm knitting and if I'll be back to blogging.   I can answer a definite yes to the knitting question - although I've found myself sewing a lot more this year and my love of paint, paper and glitter continues to grow.

But on to the reason for this post -- I present the 2013 Gingerbread House!

It always surprises me what 5 adults and 4 mini-Coopers - given gallons of icing, a sleigh full of sweets, a few bottles of fizz, and lots of laughter - can do.

This year we decided to build a country pub  which we named the Four Loons for the four mini-Coopers (not so mini anymore - little Louis, at 11 3/4 is the only one shorter than me.  Marvellous Mads, scrumptous Suzy and gorgeous Gen all tower over me).

Mads created the bar with draught beer pumps, and the bottles of spirits on the wall behind the bar.

Suzy created the elf bartender to complete the scene.

Caroline provided a couple of picnic tables for hardy visitors who want to enjoy their beer, egg and chips outside.

Genevieve or Caroline made this jolly snowman....

...and whoever didn't make that one, made this slightly less jolly version at the side of the tavern...

...by the see-saw created by Louis.

At the side of the pub you can see the kegs stacked up for loading into the pub cellar.

And I love Santa's feet poking out of the chimney!

Behind the pub there's a skating rink, a bench ...

....and a mysterious abandoned pair of ice skates.

Which leads to the question you've probably been asking yourself?  WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE?  Why have the pints of beer and meals been abandoned?  Where are the ice skaters?  Why did they leave their skates?

And the answer can only be...  DALEKS!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who - a UK television institution and Louis' favourite show.  So in honour of this landmark, Daleks are attacking the pub.

Louis and Suzy created these Daleks and I have to say that despite my best efforts these photos do not do them justice.

They are true masterpieces of confectionary.

Luckily we can see that the TARDIS has just landed (for those of you uninitiated it's the blue Police Box the Doctor travels in) and I expect Doctor Who will sort out the Daleks before they can EX-TERM-I-NATE anyone.

Finally, regular gingerbread house viewers will know that Pat (the big Cooper) pretty much always takes the gingerbread house in an unexpected direction.  And this year was no different.

Pat arrived on Sunday determined to include the HS2.

For those of you not in the UK HS2 is a proposed high speed train link between London and cities in the North which is coming under a lot of criticism as it will cost a gazillion pounds, and not everyone is convinced it's justified by the benefit of taking 20 minutes off the time for a rail journey from London to Birmingham.

As you can see our version -  HS2.5 extends all the way to the North Pole.

Pat's second construction is this wind turbine.  Wind turbines are loved for being alternative energy sources, and hated by pretty much anyone who has one near their home.

And how cute is that tree with the little presents. Maybe that's what the Daleks were after.  Afterall there is NO WAY Daleks are ever making Santa's 'nice' list.

But every gingerbread house comes to an end and when my merry band of gingerbread artists leave I take stock of my kitchen.  My poor kitchen, where every surface is coated with a thin layer of icing sugar, and my sticky floor is covered in broken sweets and pretzels.

I take it all in, sigh and think how incredibly lucky I am to have this tradition and these amazing people in my life.

If you made it this far - thanks for stopping by and being part of it all.  However you are celebrating the season I wish you all peace and joy.

I'm off to Canada for Christmas and can't wait!


Jane said...

And what happens to it after all that work?

florapie said...

Your brilliant house totally made me laugh-thanks for sharing! Have a lovely Canadian Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

The Caked Crusader said...

If Daleks were made from Cadbury's fingers I suspect the Doctor would've seen them off a lot more easily. I think I could've seen them off!
Lovely details - love the Elf bartender...he looks like he'd be a violent drunk

Happy Christmas!

Dips said...

Christmas has now officially started, Soo! Thank you for sharing your tradition with us. Fantastic creation, lovely details, my favourite is also the elf. Wishing you a fabulous festive time in Canada, Merry Christmas Soo

Soo said...

Jane -- the fate of the gingerbread house would leave even the hardest of the very hard Daleks quaking.

A week after we spend a day building the house, it is demolished in about 5 seconds by a group of very lucky children at the Coopers annual Christmas party.

Pamela said...

Thanks for finding the time to blog about your gingerbread house again this year. I'd started to think you weren't going to make one this year - horror of horrors!

Felicity from Down Under said...

I, too, have been waiting all year for this moment. And it does not disappoint! Best wishes for Christmas.

Nic said...

Another fantastic creation.
If you're only doing one post a year, I'm glad it's this one. But hopefully you'll have time to drop in again some time between now and December

Anonymous said...

I love them, brilliant idea. ;)


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