Happy Christmas.

We are in the last stages of preparation for Christmas and now sit down to try and relax before going to bed.

We will be having a Christmas with a difference as we don’t have children or grandchildren with us this year. It is the first time in fact that we will be celebrating by ourselves. We realise how really lucky we are with our family, and will miss their company this year. But even so we will definitely make the most of it by doing our own thing.

Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, we are going for a long hike round a nature reserve called Pagham Harbour, before taking it easy with a nice pub meal.  I don’t think I have ever done anything similar before so close to Christmas, so we are really looking forward to it.

What are the rest of our family doing? Two of the ‘children’ are in Norway where Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve. Nearer home, one ‘child’ and family moved into their new home at the beginning of this week and they are busy stripping wallpaper. The remaining ‘children’ are missionaries in Ghana and enjoying the warmth.

I have been painting on vellum the last few days, but more about botanical art next time.

In the meantime we wish you a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing New Year.



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