to get those pesky decorations down! Gathering dust, cards falling about and asking to be gathered up, shrivelled holly only fit for putting on the fire, bits and bobs scattered around which looked lovely and Christmassy before the big day and now look cheap and tawdry - they have all come down today and been put back in their boxes and consigned to the boxroom for another year.
I have gathered in the hundred or so Christmas cards for a closer look. I fasten a lot of them onto doors with blu-tak - they are all now in a pile on the table and we shall sit and have a proper look through them tonight. A dozen or so of them are home made and always a pleasure to admire. Interestingly, we used to get just a smattering of charity cards, this year we have only had six which are not charity cards. It would be interesting to know exactly how much of the cost of the card actually goes to the charity - but it certainly makes us all feel good buying them and supporting a charity.
Tomorrow I shall walk down the pasture and gather in some hazel catkins and put them in a jug to remind me that Spring will not be forever coming. I understand from the lunch time news that parts of the US have been hit by huge snow storms - often we get it after them, so it might well be storms this coming week and then snow. Sorry to be such a Jonah.
One of the joys of blogging at this time of the year is that if we become housebound (at my age I do not go out when it is slippery if I can help it) we have always got masses of blogging friends to contact.
Keep warm and dry whether you are in the UK or the US