Yuletide rest

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!

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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.

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It also brings some wonderful wintery skies and bracing walks.

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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.

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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.

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This will be our last blog of 2017, so thank you for reading our simple living stories, and have a relaxing festive season.

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(Yes, that is a gherkin decoration on the tree!)

 

Recent reading:

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

Current listening:

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)

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