A resolution. Today I shall start writing my Christmas cards. They have been sitting in the box since delivery and I have a lot to do - because I have moved a few times - Lincolnshire, Lichfield, Wolverhampton, Yorkshire Dales - because I have taught in several different schools and made lasting friendships - because I was involved in the musical life in the Midlands for many years - I have made many lasting friendships. Now most of them - other than relatives and local friends - live far away, our only contact usually is at Christmas when it is nice to catch up. So letters to write too.
Yes, I could send an e card. But it is not the same as holding a card and a letter in my hand and I shall continue to resist the temptation.
So what else to tell you today? Well it has been raining heavily all morning so far (10.40 now) and it is cold and wintry outside. I suspect I would not go far up the Dale before the rain turned to snow. It looks so pretty as long as you are not driving in it. One of my carers comes through from higher up the Dale and it can be tricky this time of year, either with snow or - if there has been heavy rain for a prolonged period - with flooding. If we get tw o days heavy rain the Ure can rise up to twenty feet in that time and the road becomes impassable.
Our Dale is called Wensleydale (after the village) but most Dales are called after the river which runs through them - Swaledale, Aire, Calder for example. Our Dale used to be called Yoredale after the River Ure but changed many years ago.
I shall now go and prepare the second of my meals which Virginia from NewZealand sent for me so kindly. It is Beef Bourginon and I shall serve it with the vegetables left from yesterday (and resist the temptation to add the sticky toffee pudding.)