Sunday, 27 December 2009

That's it for another year!







So - it's over once again. All the meeting friends and family, all the over-eating, drinking, opening presents, sitting around chatting; now we are more or less "back to normal" today (we will for the present ignore the New Year Festivities yet to come). And this is the day I always really enjoy. There is plenty of food left to eat without doing anything more strenuous than sauteing a few new potatoes left over and joy of all joys - there are Christmas Books to pore over and Christmas jig-saws to do.




Presents are lovely when real thought has gone into them - both the giving and the receiving. This year I have a lovely store of poetry books including a real surprise = you will see in the photograph a shot of Gwilym Williams's (Poet in Residence, see my blog list) book of poetry "Genteel Messages". My son sent for this for me and I can thoroughly recommend it - it is a joy to read. So thanks, indirectly, Gwilym. Last year I did the same for my son, sending him a copy of Rachel Fox's poetry - also thoroughly recommended (see More About the Song on my blog list).
So this is my plan for today: cook a "scratch" lunch; light the wood burner; draw up a chair and read, chocs on the side table, blackberry whisky and sloe vodka to hand - and doing whatever Christas jig saw is on the table when I want a change.
That's my day and I hope you are all doing whatever it is you wish to be doing today. Lovely photographs showing the pure joy of a new arrival have arrived on my computer from Elizabeth of The World Examining Works (see mu blog list) - who has a delightful new grandson. We have a new baby next door to us - arrived on Christmas Eve - isn't it wonderful to greet new babies, especially at Chritmas?
Outside the snow is thawing - as I write the farmer is running the scraper up and down the drive and clearing the slush and ice. I understand from friends who managed to find time to watch TV yesterday, that more snow may be coming our way next week - but let's not think about that.
In the meantime, dear blog friends, enjoy a quiet day - the lull before the storm of New Year's Eve.

12 comments:

Studio Sylvia said...

Sounds like a very enjoyable way to spend the day Weaver - mmm chocolates! A good book and a comfy chair will suit me fine every time. Trust you had a very enjoyable time - isn't it terrific when there are left overs and one doesn't have to do anything more strenuous than heat up the food? I don't even do that, if it is smoked salmon and salad.

Derrick said...

Hello Weaver,

Lucky you! I'm jealous of 'Wolf Hall' but think it's too late for dropping hints! Enjoy your quietude. If you have time, I did post a Saturday Spotlight yesterday.

Lovely new header too.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Over, over?Shock, horror, gasp! No nay, nil, non and nein Weaver , tis but the third day of Christmas! I have my partridge in a pear tree, my two turtle doves in the shed and half a Turkey in the fridge.Today I look forward to arrival of three bonny French Hens.Happy Christmas time Weaver both verrily and merrily do I send such tidings! Huzzah!

Heather said...

I am having a similarly lovely day Weaver, and after tidying away the last of our Boxing Day family chaos, I've been listening to two CDs received for Christmas and will later be dipping into Monty Don's 'The Ivington Diaries' which promise to be very interesting. It's great to get everyone together to celebrate, but lovely to get back to normal too - rather like coming home after a wonderful holiday. Enjoy all your goodies.

jinksy said...

Sounds a pretty idyllic way to spend any day...

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

You are doing exactly what I am today!! Have you peeked into my window?? I'm even reading Wolf Hall at the moment. And loving it!

Wishing you a lovely, quiet, and cozy Christmas week.

DJ said...

As I settle down with my book, I raise my teacup across the pond to you...
may a quiet cozy time for all be had...

ewix said...

Yes, today is nice and peaceful and war here.
Enjoy your books.
I think I must order Wolf Hall --so many people whose opinions I respect have loved it.
Small Henry James was thrilled to be mentioned in blogland -- well his granny was thrilled. Henry mostly just naps and eats.....
All best wishes to you and the farmer for a terrific 2010!

dinesh chandra said...

I think You enjoy a great Christmas, as the reading depicted , Wait for next one and give us your blessing through your great writing.

Regards

Dinesh Chandra

alison said...

I am intrigued by the book Wolf Hall. I think I will have to track down a copy.

The Weaver of Grass said...

If anyone else is reading Wolf Hall, do please post your comments on it, I shall be interested to see what you think of it. Opinions seem to be divided from what I have read.
Sorry TFE, my tidy mind does not stretch to the Twelve Days of Christmas. I hope you are not going to eat your three French hens!

Poet in Residence said...

Hello Weaver, many thanks for featuring a phot of my book and your kind comments!

I've had the computer to the e-doctor. It's now OK working again. I didn't need a new one like they told me in the High Street computer shop.

My 3 books (or French Hens as TFE might call them) received for Christmas,-
The Looming Tower al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 - by Lawrence Wright (Vintage)
Marie Therese - the fate of Marie Anoinette's daughter - by Susan Nagel (Bloomsbury)
The Third Fifty - by Jenefer Ann Murray (Palores) (copy to review)