Our little Christmas tree is now in the sitting room and decorated. And it is a small one this year, but what it lacks in stature it more than gains in shape and the amount of lovely branches it has from which to hang decorations. We love it! Indeed, I’ve found myself talking to it (yes, call me barmy, I don’t mind!) as in “I hope you like it here!” to which it replied (if only I could mimic the voice of a tree, I would do it now!) “Yes, it’s nice here … I have the TV to watch in one corner and books to read behind me, and you’ve even put water in the container in which I’m standing!”
I can see now that the apricot roses (photo above) are the wrong choice of colour, but they looked paler when I bought them and instead of becoming paler as they’ve aged, they have darkened. Never mind, I will be on the hunt for Christmas flowers before too long.
The tree fits snugly into this corner and it only meant moving the standard lamp and the nest of tables. The standard lamp is now at the other end of the sofa and the nest of tables has gone into the dining end of our room for now.
We don’t tend to add many decorations to our home because there is already a surfeit of gilt on the picture frames, the table lamps, ornaments, mirrors and so forth, but once the cards start to arrive in any number these will be added to the arch way between the sitting and dining areas, and I will bring in greenery from the garden on Christmas Eve (or a day or so before, much depending on my energy level and also the weather).
Eagle-eyed among you will see my latest magazine and my latest book (the book inexpensive, 2nd hand, another Evely Anthony novel. I’m so enjoying reading these – I was a great Evelyn Anthony fan in the late 1970s/early 1980s and am enjoying some of the books which I haven’t previously read, those published when, for some reason, I ceased buying them as they were published.
How I love to see the homes in the current magazines, and those for December (for the January 2019 copies are now on sale), that have been decorated for Christmas. I try as hard as I can to see glimpses of gardens, but the photographers are very careful not to show summer flowers or trees in full leaf (unless they are evergreen) because most Christmas shoots are taken in the summer with the homes specially decorated as if for Christmas.
I am gradually gathering Christmas presents for the family together, especially for our deal little grandson and our sons and daughters-in-law. I must also remember to buy something for Barry-the-dog! I have yet to (1) write the cards (2) print the address labels and post the cards (3) wrap the presents (4) make the Christmas cake (5) clean our home (6) food shop for Christmas. But it will be done, it’s on the 11th today, plenty of time!
As well as Christmas presents arriving by post from my online purchases, I have also bought another box of Roger & Gallet soap while it is on offer, although I missed the 1/3rd off offer, mea culpa, I should’ve bought three boxes while I was buying the two I bought recently. The new one is …
But even though the house hasn’t had a real big clean for a while, husband and I do our best to keep on top of most jobs and he’s done all the ironing for me and I’ve tidied the airing cupboard and put all the bed linen and table linen away. He has also vacuumed all the carpets downstairs and I’ve dusted the sitting room and hall, so we’ve not exactly been idle. But we are both just a little under the weather at the moment, so have been taking it a bit easier today – we did a lot of shopping yesterday, we drove to Newton Abbot (about 12 miles away) to the toy shop to get our grandson a Play Mobil kit, then to Next (clothes shop, for those not in the UK) and Boots (pharmaceuticals, for those not in the UK) for clothes for grandson and toiletries for daughters-in-law. Then to Curry’s PC World where I bought my new (i.e. 3rd) Sony compact camera, the first two having developed faults. I decided not to buy via Amazon this time so that at least I’d have a shop to return to if this 3rd one went wrong. I just hope it doesn’t.
Why buy the same camera when it’s gone wrong twice before? Well, I actually like the camera and as you can see, it doesn’t take half-bad photos. Also the price. I have two DSLR Nikons and really I can’t justify paying more than the £149 that this camera cost – I had a refund via Amazon so really it has been just an exchange in this case. There were less-expensive compact cameras but they were tiny and I knew I’d have a right old time fiddling with them, and there were larger ones (while still being called a compact camera) which would not have gone easily into my bag or a pocket. So I chose the little Sony again.
From there we drove to the golf club for a snack lunch. We were surprised to find that we were more than likely the youngest people there, apart from the staff, as there was a Christmas Lunch being served for a group of very elderly folk. Being nosy I asked what the group was and I was told it was the residents of a local nursing home. Although these old people obviously weren’t golfers, it was lovely to see the club house being put to use in this way, and all the old people obviously enjoying themselves.
Last week husband gave the deep windowsill in the sitting room a fresh coat of paint and it’s now dry and I can use it again for some of my bits and pieces.
And now I’m off to the sofa with a cup of tea. I hope all your own Christmas preparations are going well, wherever you are.
Until next time.