Friday, 23 December 2016

Clarity Christmas Ding Dong!

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in. 
We had a super Clarity Christmas lunch today.
Ran around like headless chickens all morning, 
then all piled into various cars and headed off to Tunbridge Wells.


Great food, great games, great laughs.
Our Secret Santa was hilarious too.
We all opened our gifts and showed them off, and then - 


Spot the American!!
No sooner had Nick, Grace’s lovely fella, 
assembled his basketball hat, than


He got absolutely bombarded by balls!
Screwed up wrapping paper mostly!



Don’t think he knew what hit him!!


It was a scream.
Big Mark tried to slam dunk it, which was pretty funny too.

Beautiful Dotty is growing up so fast.
And Ani is a wonderful mum.
Jayne on the right is she, dear friend, who organised the party.



Mum and Grace were happy to hang out together,



In fact Grace was sandwiched between  her Oma and Grandad.


Brother Steve got a huge Food Hamper!
he’s obviously been laying it on thick with the 
I’m-a-lonely-underfed-bachelor routine.
Which is not true!
He motored through 2 starters, 
his main and half of mum’s AND 2 puddings!
Growing lad....



Dave was quietly enjoying the conviviality and the lovely vibe.


Mel and Paul were hiding behind the lemon squeezer
from Secret Santa!


Leanne and Debbie were generally raucous.
Debbie and Andy behind her are the two heros 
who picked those 3,500 orders I spoke about !!
See Izzy in the sunlight? 
That amazing woman packed them!!!


It was a day to remember.
I gave a little speech about what an amazing year it has been 
for Clarity, and about the teamwork, and how proud I am of us.
I thanked them all for sticking with us and for helping make it the best year ever.

Did I tell the team about what’s coming in the New Year?
Nope. Not yet. But they trust us. They know it will be okay.

Now it’s time to chillax, and let the Christmas festivities begin. 
What am I saying? They already have!

I really ought to go to Waitrose and get the groceries though...

Until tomorrow.

Love & Hugs.
Barb
xxxxxx

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  1. Looks as if you all had a good time. Merry Christmas to you all. Best Wishes for 2017 🎄🎄 xx

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  2. What an amazing team! Merry Christmas to you all!
    Love and hugs! Xxxx

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  3. Looks like a fantastic Clarity party. Merry Christmas all.

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  4. Wonderful get together. That is what Christmas is all about laughter and everyone having fun. Lovely to see your mum and dad there joining in. I had a lovely morning catching up with my brother wish we could see each other on Christmas Day but both of us have large families. A quiet meal after Christmas maybe. Happy Christmas to you all xx

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  5. What a fantastic team looks like a great party. Happy Christmas to all xx

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  6. Looks like a great time was had by all - well deserved too! Xx

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    1. P.s. Good luck with Waitrose, hope it's a bit quieter now. X

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  7. Thanks so much for the pics, wonderful to see the whole team, and having such a great time. Special award for heroic effort goes to Debbie, Andy and Izzy. Please may I poach Izzy to do my Christmas wrapping next year? xx

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  8. Aw, looks so great, wish I could feel/experience what it's like - to belong, be wanted, be loved/liked etc. I guess. Thank you for sharing. You've got a great team and who seem to gel well. A great business needs great management, and great staff, and Clarity has both. Wish you'd not said about your secret though!!!! Got me very worried, scared, change and what ifs Asperger's and all that. Steve will never be short of a home cooked meal with you as his sister...

    I know you celebrate Christmas tomorrow, so hope you and your family have the bestest day ever. And you cook enough extra to fill Steve's hollow legs!!!!

    Love Brenda xx

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    1. Hello Brenda, I am sure that what ever Barbara's secret is it will be for the good of everyone. Please don't worry we are all here for you.xx

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    2. Brenda - you do belong to all of us on the blog - you're part of our merry little group x Try not to worry about Barbara's secret. She'll let us know what it is as soon as she can, and I'm sure it will be a lovely surprise. Merry Christmas to you and Daisy x

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    3. Dear blog friend sending Christmas hugs to you and daisy xxx

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    4. Brenda I hope you are ok and not being battered too much by the wind and rain, storm Barbara is bring a bit of a pickle! I'm sure Barbara's news is going to be something lovely so try not to worry too much. Sending hugs to you and Daisy xxx

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    5. Thanks everyone 😊
      My problem with the secret thing is just my Asperger's, most or all of us have it to some degree, I've got it at the bad end of the scale. It's anything to do with change, secrets/surprises, not knowing all the bits of something etc. But it's me that's the not normal one so it's my problem. I was just trying to sort of joke about it, because I can't be part of the excitement, I guess trying to not feel so shut out from it. Sorry.

      I think I've survived the gales so far, there's worse to come Christmas day and Boxing day. Can't get out to check the roof though. I can't access my emails, not sure if that's connected, but I've got internet so far. It was funny on our news tonight, the reporter was asking tourists if they were surprised by the weather, the response was - they've been here 3 days and every time they step outside they get a different surprise with the weather!!!! He wasn't even joking!!! Aye, that's oor Scotland!!!!

      Hope you all have a good time whatever you are doing xx

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    6. It's all going to be fine trust me it's Barbara bet she can't wait to tell us the great news...Cuddle for yi..xx

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  9. It's been lovely sharing the party with you through these fab photos! Thank you! xxx

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  12. Glad you had a good time. You all deserve it after all your hard work which we do really appreciate. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you all. xx

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  13. Looks like you all had a brilliant time. You all deserve it. Thank you for sharing it with us. Renewed my membership today and ordered the set of number Groovi plates. Can't wait to get them. Have a super time tomorrow. I think I might make a start on my Clarity colouring book tonight - bought a huge box of Faber Castells especially for this! I just hope (but am not convinced) I can match Barbara's work on the Owls but I will try. Love Rachel X

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  14. What a superb team . Merry Christmas to you all xx

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  15. Looks like everyone had fun. Thank you to everyone at Clarity for producing the best crafty products for us. Hope 2017 is just as successful for you. Xx

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  16. Looks like everyone had fun. Thank you to everyone at Clarity for producing the best crafty products for us. Hope 2017 is just as successful for you. Xx

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  17. Evening bloggy friends, hope you are are ready for the big day. I have to wrap my sisters prezzies and then I'm done. Xx

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    1. Evening Donna, just finished the last of my wrapping. So many things for my new grandson, it took ages and as he is only 2 weeks old phe'll be none the wiser. Still it had to be done.:)xx

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    2. Hi Donna,
      Yep, all sorted although I might do a spot of ironing tomorrow if I can be bothered otherwise I'll just put it in a cupboard! Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    3. Evening Donna have a lovely crafting holiday Christmas hugs xxx

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    4. Hope you are feeling better now Donna. Enjoy your Christmas. Sending hugs xxx

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing the Clarity Christmas get together through the great photos. It is lovely to see the whole Clarity team having fun together. I bet Nick wondered what hit him.(not the balls) but it looks like he took it all in good part. It's great that both family and staff all mix together just like one big Clarity family. Hope your trip was successful, I am popping there tomorrow for a few bits that I don't even need. As you celebrate tomorrow have a wonderful time with your family around you.xxxx

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  19. I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and all the very best for 2017. Thank you for your informative, inspirational and thoughtful blog posts. Sandra X

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  20. What a wonderful team team clarity is you all work so hard together thank you for all you all do that's why we all love you all have a wonderful well warmth break and thanks for all you all do happy Christmas lots love xxx

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  21. Hi Barbara, Fabulous event and fabulous piccies, one great big happy Family enjoying the 'fruits of their labours'. A lovely Blog post, and it looks like Nick 'fits right in'.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  22. Fun times for the Clarity Crew and family , and just to mention the other team members who couldn't make it, because of Holiday commitments or the dreaded lurgy , namely, Jim, Lisa , Clare, Ann and of course Nick...I hope I haven't forgotten anyone !! A fantastic team of highly productive people, without who, we would not be where we are today..., 2017 is going to be awesome ... Happy Christmas to all in Blogland, customers and friends alike, lets all hope for a peaceful holiday xx

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    1. Happy Christmas to you too. I just wrote "clarity blogland " what a coincidence xx

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    2. Hi Dave,
      It looks as though you all had a lovely time and it was a shame that the others couldn't be there. Wishing you all a Happy Christmas , love Alison xx

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    3. Merry Christmas Dave, hope you're enjoying your new guitar! My brother bought me a new one for my birthday in the summer, loving it! Have a great time! Xx

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    4. Dave thank you for all your dedication clarity is a amazing company looking forward to how many awards you have won with your stunning products Christmas hugs xxx

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    5. Thank you Dave for keeping the wheels turning and being the calming voice and right hand man to Barbara. You are a star. Have a wonderful Christmas x

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  23. So lovely to see you all enjoying yourselves you have all worked so hard this year. Lovely club goodies I've had a quick look and now they're safely stashed till after Christmas. Everyone arrives here tomorrow site I shall read the blog but will probably not manage to comment.
    Very happy Christmas to you all and love and best wishes to all in clarity blogland xx

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Same to you too, Love and hugs Alison x

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    2. Hi Chris Christmas hugs xxx

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  24. That lunch looked such fun and yes what a wonderful team you all make, great service, in fact I made 2 last minute orders Sunday and Monday, they arrived Wednesday and Thursday, thank you so much xx

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  25. A very Happy Christmas to the best team of all. You all deserve it. xxx Maggie

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  26. Looks amazing lol such lovely memories to store up. Thank you Clarity team for all the hard work. X

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  27. It's lovely to see all these photos, what a great team.

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  28. Thanks to the entire team who work so tirelessly all year round. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2017.

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  29. Hi Barb,
    You all certainly look as though a fantastic time was had by all. It is lovely that you all have a get together to celebrate and as I said above, it's a shame the others couldn't be with you. Hope you have a lovely Christmas, love and hugs Alison xxx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope today hasn't been too bad for you. This afternoon was awful here, pouring down and very windy. Hope you are all ready for Sunday . I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Love and hugs Alison. Xxxxx

      Ps my club goodies arrived today and I love them all! Xx

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    2. Hello Alison sending lots of Christmas hugs xxx

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  30. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Wishing you and Dave a wonderful Christmas and I hope 2017 is another fantastic year for you both.
    Love and hugs
    Linda xxx

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  31. Looks like you all had a wonderful lunch. Merry Christmas to you all. Hugs xx

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    1. Hello Debbie lovely to see you here xxx

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  32. Looks like your day together was amazing just like you and your clarity team thank you for all your fabulous work looking forward to seeing all the new products in 2017 wishing you all the best for Christmas and 2017 lots of Christmas crafting hugs xxx

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    1. Evening dear blog friends sending you all Christmas hugs warm and cosy ones xxx

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  33. Merry Christmas one and all. Looks like such fun x

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  34. Looks like you all enjoyed yourselves. x

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  35. It looks like you all had a good time, and very well deserved. My gold club goodies arrived on Tuesday,love them, thank you. Well the shopping is done,just need to send my husband for some milk tomorrow, couple more gifts to wrap and the ironing board is set up in the kitchen in the hope that I will get to the bottom of the basket. Thinking about those of you that live up north and hoping the storm doesn't cause any damage. It has been windy here in Cornwall but not that bad.
    I wish all at Clarity and my fellow bloggers a very happy Christmas and New Year xx

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  36. It looks like you all had a fabulous time today and the team spirit shines through, wonderful family, and a great team of workers, and I'm sure 2017 will be an even better year because you all pull together to make things work! Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year to you all. x

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  37. The song that comes to mind is --" what a lovely bunch of coconuts " a beautiful group to be sure . Merry Christmas 🎁 jan

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  38. Merry Christmas Clarity gang glad you had a great time thanks all of you for all your hard work you're the best...xx

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    1. Aye 2am and Granny Dot's still wrapping well what's Gran's for eh!!!
      Happy days ...Love Dot..xx

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  39. Hello Barb, Dave, and all the family, and yep that includes the Clarity family. What a lovely bunch, great photos of your Christmas do. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, all of you, enjoy being with loved ones. Bx

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  40. Thanks for sharing, Barbara, and thanks for all your wonderful blogs. Glad you had a great Clarity Christmas dinner. Wishing you, your family, all the Clarity team and everyone on here a Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year, or as we say in Germany Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gesundes, glückliches Neues Jahr xx

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  41. Wishing you and everyone in the 'Clarity Family' a Happy Christmas

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  42. Looks like a good time was had by all! Can't wait to hear what's coming next year. Merry Christmas! xx

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  43. Great Christmas Party - as we all can see.
    Ich wünsche Dir, Dave, Grace, Marc und Deiner Familie und Freunden und allen by Clarity ein ganz tolles Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr 2017.
    Rolf xxx

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  44. I hope this wonderful team reads your blog, snd the comments sections sometimes, because they really need to appreciate just how appreciated they are! What a fabulous bunch of people they are. They look after us so well at all times. We never get a rude or grumpy person on the phone, queries are dealt with quickly and efficiently, orders are packed up in no time at all and sent on their way to us your very grateful customers. How lovely it is to know we can depend on you all, all of the time. So a big thank you from me, (and probably from all the rest of your customers too). You deserve a very happy Christmas with your families and friends now, and here's to a great year in 2017. You're simply the best!!

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x