Well here we are the day before Christmas Eve and on the last leg to the finishing post – I feel like I am taking part in one of those wind up santa races that you find in a box of crackers, and going off course from time to time in the same way.
Today I have been baking, making, wrapping and packing.
I have a few bits and pieces to take with me to our daughters – a quiche for Boxing Day, some surprise Lemon Curd (I am surprised I actually got to make it this morning!), the new Christmas Monopoly and one or two books for any quiet moments – with a 3-year-old (who am I kidding!)..
I am a big fan of Miss Read and I shall settle down to reread my very battered copy of Miss Clare Remembers, an all time favourite.
I have had some great moments this month but it has been hard work too and I have many ‘notes to self’ to take heed of next year – one of them being to sort out OH’s presents sooner and the other to let some things go.
When we were invited round to our new neighbours for a Cheese and wine evening recently (with our next door but one neighbours that we are already good friends with) I asked if we should bring anything – ‘just bring yourselves’ they said.
I should have taken notice.
But me being me I spent the afternoon making some of my home-made chocolates to take that I usually make for our neighbour get togethers, and gave each of them one of my home-made cards. Of course they were all delighted and remarked that they didn’t know where I found the time – and then realised why I am always pushed for time!
But I do love to make things.
So before I go here is the idea I had for my Christmas decoration instead of a wreath – I used the chicken wire cones I made for my daughter’s wedding that we hung on the gateposts of the church and the old gate at the rear entrance filled with Hydrangeas from our cottage garden.
I thought they might be nice filled with winter foliage so I gathered some moss from the garden (there is plenty with all this damp weather) and packed out the sides of the cones leaving room for the ‘hidden’ jam jar sunk into the centre where I place the stems. As you can see I am no flower arranger but I like the casual look. I could have hung it on the door but I quite like it hung on the contrasting paler brickwork as our door is dark brown.
All that is left now is to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
It would be nice if it snowed now to make it a good old White Christmas but I think the most we are going to get is a bit of frost!
I have enjoyed reading along with everyone’s blogs this year – the general ups and downs of everyday life – and I am looking forward to joining you again throughout 2018 – so Happy New Year too (if I don’t get back here before then) xx