It was our Poetry afternoon today and ten of us met to read our favourite poems. As always, there was a huge variety - something for everyone - and it was really a splendid afternoon. I personally find it one of my favourite afternoons of the month. We meet at 2pm and usually end with a cup of tea at around 4pm. If there is no Poetry group in your area I really can recommend your starting one for like-minded folk.
Christmas preparations go ahead smoothly (so far) with all presents bought (yes, I am lazy and buy all my grandchildren vouchers). About a third of my cards are written and stamped (I buy a book of stamps each week when I go into the post office). Many of my cards go to friends who I haven't seen for years, so letters go in them and they take some time, but the bonus comes when I receive a letter from them.
I make four cakes and two are now finished - both of them using glace fruits only. I shall make a third one tomorrow morning - a more conventional one - then it will just be one more to go.
I really quite enjoy this run up to Christmas because puddings and cakes make the house smell so nice and spicy. But what I would do without Delia's Christmas Recipe Book I really don't know.