My brother and I opening our Christmas presents at my Granddad's house
As mentioned, we visited the Castlerigg stone circle near Keswick, Cumbria (home of the famous pencil museum). It was a spectacular sight - the prehistoric stone circle is on a flat piece of land and echoes the form of the circle of mountains which surrounds it. Seeing the stones and the peaks covered in snow really gave you an appreciation of why the ancient Britons would have been drawn to the site.
Another ancient site on the list was Hadrian's Wall. I had visited Hadrian's Wall before in Northumbria, near Newcastle, but I think this was my first time visiting it in the North-West.
Paul and Dad at Hadrian's Wall
We also visited Liverpool, my mum's home town, and caught a match at Anfield
The Empire Theatre, Liverpool - where I think my mum saw the Beatles back in the day?
Me and a Liverpudlian lion
Paul and a penguin
The Anfield memorial to those who died in the Hillsborough disaster
Stephen Gerrard, captain of Liverpool
Fernando Torres making his second blog appearance in as many posts. He must be proud
Me and my brother at Anfield
Me, Mum and Paul, looking like a hobo
And, finally a blast from the, um, present. It's sales time, and I have a new dress! I have lots of dresses, but this is the first ankle-length one (not that you can tell)