Christmas has an altogether different feel to it this year and many people, me included, will be spending the day alone. And I shall probably miss Tess most of all - we have spent many Happy Christmasses together - she was such a companion. Expect you will miss Winnie too John - yes both of these dogs had lived out their natural life span but they are still there in our minds.
Memories are powerful things aren't they. I watched Mortimer and Whitehouse Going Fishing Christmas Special the night before last. It is a gentle programme which I enjoy immenseley - full of gentle humour, pathos, words of wisdom - the lot all mixed in with a spot of fishing on one of the Northern rivers. Do watch it if you get a chance. Seven of my childhood Christmasses were spent during the Second World War. My brother was a serving soldier, my parents must have been worried sick about him (he was at Dunkirk) but they always managed to make Christmas a happy one for me.
Our Christmas tree had the same ornaments on each year with one new one. Do you remember the ornaments from your trees? We had a little silver cottage with red windows, a silver swan, two small trees with silver stars on the top and a lot of red candles in red clip-on candlesticks. I wonder what happened to them. They were very breakable in those pre-plastic days.
Lovely sunny day here today. I have got quite a lot of jobs done which makes me feel positive. Only another five days to go to the shortest day - then get Christmas over and we shall begin to see more light again. It can't come soon enough can it.