Friday 29 December 2023
Wednesday 27 December 2023
We brought in beech twigs and the tip of a fir tree from the garden, along with holly and ivy to decorate the house. What a palaver with the tree, it behaved in a very drunken fashion and we ended up securing it to the banisters with a rope! Since it is not a traditional stiff-branched fir only the lightest ornaments will say in place. I buy one new ornament every year, this year it is a felt mouse, perched somewhere up at the top of the tree. We use the same decorations year after year, some of them rather battered but holding good memories.
Monday 18 December 2023
We went to a country park at the weekend to visit Father Christmas in his grotto, billed as being 'in the North Pole'. If that was the North Pole it was exceedingly muddy. We had a timed entry but were herded into the café along with many other families. We were crowded together, someone had a hacking cough, ah, yes, just the place to catch a doze of Covid! The children were offered a free drink, the adults bought their own. How cunning. Time passed. Our scheduled entry time passed. I started to feel rather Scrooge. Bah humbug to this shameless marketing opportunity. I complained to a tall, thin, scruffy, dismal-looking 'elf' and we were walked across a playground to the most miserable looking place imaginable, luckily at the head of the queue as all the other families tagged on behind. Then we saw a garden shed and were blasted with a bit of artificial snow. Our Boy was now in the North Pole. "Are you coming, Nana?" Yes, in for a penny in for rather more pounds than this outing is worth!
Saturday 16 December 2023
We had a call from the window restorer to say that our job was on the bench, would we like to come and see what they were doing?
Sunday 10 December 2023
8.30 in the morning a large limb from an oak tree came down and blocked our road for a while. It is fortunate that no-one was passing by just at that moment. We are experiencing wet and windy weather and a fair bit of debris has fallen onto the roads and pavements. I'm fearful of the massive oak that grows in our neighbours' garden and hangs over our roof!
Thursday 7 December 2023
I have several favorite paintings at the Russell-Cotes. Two of them, and the painted ceiling, are in the small morning room.