...how are the Christmas preparations going then??
I seem to be worryingly ahead of the game this year, it can't last.
Thank you to Pine Hill Notes for the idea of an Advent somethingorother to which you add a decoration each day. There is usually a last-minute mad rush to go and cut the Christmas Bough for the kitchen, drag it home and indoors and then decorate it, so this year it has been reincarnated as an Advent Bough, and will continue to be so year on year. This the first year we can remember that we've had to take all the leaves off first... we've left the catkins on, they look perfect.
All a much better idea.
I draped the new (wasn't going to be caught out) lights, which came out of the box in a bit of a tangle and eventually went up on the bough in slightly more of a tangle, whilst I tried not to get cross with them, because one should do this filled with the joys of the season, shouldn't one... not in a filthy temper. I added a few baubles for some glitteryness and then chose twenty-five nice decorations which I put in a basket. Either us, or some unsuspecting soul who happens to be passing... the postman... the recycling man... the Tinker... then chooses something each day and the bough is filling up very nicely indeed, and in a very relaxed and unfraught fashion compared with the usual.
Then it was The Cards.
Some years we don't send them and then everyone writes to us in January to ask if we are alright, which is very nice of them, but then I have to write and say yes we are fine, just left it too late etc. But not this year, off they all went in the post on the 11th... I ask you that is positively almost still Easter, though the postage at £37 something did have us a little dropped-jaw and enlarged of eye at the counter.
Now I am on The Knitted Gifts.
I really should have started these in October, not December 5th, but I am clicking away on some very easy things (can't say what for obvs reasons) whilst listening to A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah. I borrowed this from the library in the one disc MP3 format, so very easily downloaded onto my iTouch and I have to say I am loving it...
Fliss Benson is a TV producer struggling to deal with a personal tragedy in her own life. She receives at work an anonymous card which consists of 16 numbers arranged in four rows of four. These numbers mean absolutely nothing to her. At the same time, she is handed a particularly unwelcome assignment: she has to work on a documentary about cot death and three mothers accused (wrongly, it seems) of murder: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. The controversial Dr Judith Duffy, who was responsible for the arraignment of the women after the death of their children, is now under investigation for misconduct, and the women have been set free. Fliss Benson’s reluctance to work on the film springs from a particularly personal issue -- involving both cot death and the suicide of someone very close to her.
All enough to make me pick up my Audible subscription again for maybe the fourth time when the 'How can we tempt you back?' email arrived. £3.99 a month for six months did the trick.
Meanwhile I can show you the finished Waulkmill Hap which I love. The picot cast off took me two days but finishes it off perfectly and I even like the way the 3 x100 gms skeins of hand-dyed North Ronaldsay wool show up so clearly...
I can also show you Todd, the Gamekeeper and his GF's new terrier puppy...
So how are you all doing then...