A new tradition for us is to make sure we have a bit of holiday before Christmas, and this weekend was four days off. We like the pre-Christmas weeks, and taking our time over things to really enjoy them. Our tree has been up for a while now, using alder branches from the garden again, and this is our biggest ever tree!
Our living room is small but we can pack in a lot of decorations….
Its been a cold December so far. Not much snow, but some very frosty mornings, which can be an issue if you forgot to bring in your laundry.
It also brings some wonderful wintery skies and bracing walks.
During our long weekend, Lucy has had a bit of a cold, and the cranberry mince pies made today reflect this…the tops are meant to be stars, but not having the right sort of cutter, she went for the easy option.
Watching lots of Christmas crafts on TV has inspired the knitting to come out again, and this time without any pressure to develop as a knitter – if all you make is simple scarves, that is fine! It should be a relaxing hobby. We also went to the library and have a good stack of winter reading, all free of charge.
This will be our last blog of 2017, so thank you for reading our simple living stories, and have a relaxing festive season.
Patrick Gale – Notes from an Exhibition (re-read)
Anne Tyler – Breathing Lessons
Sarah Winman – Tin Man
Matthew Quick – The Good Luck of Right Now
Ali Smith – Winter
Aimee Mann – Patient Zero
Jessie Ware – Alone
Alison Moyet – The Rarest Birds
Sia – Chandelier
Radiohead – The Numbers
Case/Lang/Veirs – Supermoon
Clean Bandit Symphony
Elbow & John Grant – Kindling (Fickle Flame)