Nearly there, and with our broadband dropping more off than on I am scurrying in while I am winning.
Firstly I wasn't going to mention the weather, other than to say it is now getting a bit monotonous, but also to say how awful for those flooded out of their homes yet again, and can you believe it Shelterbox, purveyor of instant homes to areas of devastation and disaster around the world, have been giving out tents on their home turf in Cornwall this week. The South West is cut off again by rail and now I'm feeling sorry for all the people who will have to work over Christmas to sort it out... I hope they are on treble-double time or something.
But we have experienced floods of our own along the lane, discovering, for the first time since we' have lived here, exactly why that dip in the lane is called Ford...
We knew that there had once been a ford there long ago, diverted through culverts under the road, and I had always nursed a romantic notion of the 'olden days', ably helped by that picturesque ramshackle barn, and imagined a nice friendly trickle across the lane.
I have scored myself 10/10 for the homemade Christmas cake, now marzipaned and iced, the shopping, the decorations etc but have been woefully slack over the Christmas cards this year and can see that, if you agree to be on the judging panel for a fiction prize, this might be what happens. Fortunately I am really enjoying that whole Fiction Uncovered experience, and already reading some brilliant books that I might not be able to tell you about until May, but even if they don't make the cut you will still be hearing about them here.
Some of you on the other hand have been very busy with your cards (and thank you for them) but somehow the days were eaten up, and before I knew it there were about three posting days left.
Each year I think perhaps this will be the year I give a donation to something and stop sending them...
What do you all do??
Anyway, if I was going to send one it would have been this one...
Bought, couldn't resist. Magnus managed to dispatch a few, and to all of you my heartfelt wishes to you and yours for a happy and peaceful Christmas, and of course from Bookhound, Magnus and Nell too.
I shall be dropping in over Christmas as usual, see you on the other side of the turkey xxx