Well, that's Christmas over and done with - just New Year's Eve to go. Both of these festivals are precious to the farmer and me - and have been ever since we married twenty three years ago, so we keep them up, albeit with a reduced number of friends joining us.
This Christmas we had the day itself on our own and had a lovely, quiet day. Boxing Day was spent with my son and his wife and my step grandson and his little daughter of almost eleven months old (Mum, who is a social worker, was working). D'arcy was a delight - happy and smiling all the time - and just walking and so proud of it. So our afternoon was spent just playing with her. In the evening we had a meal and then just sat and chatted. So really a quiet Christmas altogether.
New Year's Eve I am cooking a meal for six of us, so that is an easy evening too - the difficulty is always staying awake until the New Year arrives, so we are eating later in an effort to help us.
Over the period we have had horrendous winds here - although not as bad as in the far North of the country. I wonder whether people on the mainland going home to places like the Western Isles ever managed to get there as ferries were cancelled for several days and this morning in The Times there is a photograph of a forty seven foot wave off the coast of Shetland.
Today it is totally still. Fog was forecast but there is no sign of it here. At a quarter to ten in the morning the sun is shining and there has been a hard frost, so everywhere looks beautiful.
Farming life goes on of course (the animals don't know it's Christmas) and this morning they are coming to 'do' the sheeps' feet (not before time as one or two of them are eating grass from a kneeling position.) They have just arrived.
Hope you have all had a good few days. Here's to blogging in the New Year.