Well dear friends,that's another year bites the dust. Done, dusted, all the old calendars taken down and birthday reminders transferred to new pristine calendars, together with any other significant dates that needed to be remembered.
Now I am champing at the bit to get the decorations down. I never find the patience to leave them until Twelfth Night, but shall leave them up today, mainly because I am having a total rest day after all my Christmas entertaining. I have so enjoyed having a house full of people much of the time and because I love cooking, I have also enjoyed providing the meals.
Last night's beef pot roast worked well, as did Mary Berry's Souffle Fish pie - that is well worth a try if you are a fish pie lover. You can get the recipe by going to bbc.co.uk/food and then putting in Mary Berry's fish pie.
Now can we please all forget about Christmas and New Year and get back to some kind of normality? It is much easier on the farm of course, because animal life goes on just the same as always. They don't know it is Christmas; as long as their food arrives on time and they are well fed, watered and warm, nothing else matters much. Something sad happened the day before yesterday when one of the sheep we overwinter tried to jump the beck rather than go round by the bridge. She got hopelessly stuck in the mud rather than making it to the other side and the more she struggled the more stuck she became. By the time the farmer found her she had drowned.
Now all that is left to do is to get used to writing 2015 on cheques rather than 2014. (Yes, I am afraid I am old fashioned- I don't bank on line and I still pay my bills by cheque - not sure what I shall do when cheques disappear off the radar which I believe they will do before long.)
To end on a cheery note - our Winter jasmine is in full flower, we have one or two yellow species crocus out and my tete a tete daffodils are well and truly showing their green spikes in my planters. The snowdrops under the Scots pines are well up and if the really cold weather holds off for a few more days I may have one or two to show you.
Roll on Spring. You can't come soon enough for me.