26 December 2017

24 hours later


We made it. Or not, actually. Having given up on a "real' tree and come up with our own home-made interpretations over the last few years, we hovered on the brink of having no tree at all and a very low key Christmas, until, that is, John walked in with a stuggy little specimen from the local market and I relented. Baubles, tinsel, shine - the die was cast.  He even managed to repair the large hole in the hearth which appeared after an "uh-oh" from the little fellah as he dislodged a piece of the marble fireplace, precipitating a mini-earthquake in the cellar. It seems the hearth had been kept in place by a stack of 19th century builder's rubble which, bizarrely, included a collection of cockle shells. So the low-key indoor picnic I had planned turned into a full-blown Christmas, including some very last minute cake making and gift wrapping, and a traditional lunch fitted in between visits to the hospital*. Everyone stepped up to the mark on the day and  you could hardly see the joins. I got the coloured pencils I asked for, the little one vroom-vroomed his micro scooter around the house, and after much to-ing and fro-ing we finished the day with a glass of whiskey and some first class ginger shortbread.

And now I'm heading for a complete BBC 1 slush-fest in front of the fire. I hope your post Christmas interlude is also suitably indulgent.


* Still in hospital, hopefully a corner turned in spite of delirium and weakness.




8 comments:

Liz said...

Good to hear everything came together on the big day and that things are beginning to look up for your mum. The telly did look promising last night but there's a sick cat here so watching polar bears and Little Women was replaced with bedding washing and carpet scrubbing.(Still at it at 5 a.m. Need a plug!)

colleen said...

Oh dear! Hope both the poorly cat and you recover quickly, Liz.

Gina said...

Pleased to hear everything came together for your Christmas celebrations. It came and went far too quickly as I knew it would and I am trying to enjoy some down time but feeling fidgety!

colleen said...

I notice from your blog your knitting project kept your busy! I've been wondering how to use up a collection of navy blue yarn from my mum's and will definitely not be doing anything with it until the light improves!

annjennyg said...

Your tree looks so pretty. I'm glad everything came together in the end and pleased too to hear that your mum is improving.

Joy said...

Sorry about your mother, but good to see a post. I like the way your write, you make even dreary cold days sound comforting.

colleen said...

Hello Annie! Hello Joy! So good to hear from you. It's a wonderful thing this connection with people over the interweb. Kind words always welcome here.

rachel said...

Just catching up - so sorry to hear about your mum. But happy that you had a proper Christmas in the end! And persimmons - aren't they a delight? I had my first ones a couple of years ago; sliced across the middle, they are so pretty. Best wishes for the coming year - health and happiness, I hope.