Things have been busy, but in a good way. Let me show you in photos:
The rats helping me write my Christmas cards.
The Christmas tree!
Each ornament has loving associations.
I made this salt-dough paw-print ornament 20 years ago when my beloved many-toed cat Tinker was dying. He had 7 toes on each front paw, but the two small ones were too small to make a dent in the dough. I remember the feeling of holding his paws to this day!
The Dafter helps me show you an amazing hedge in Hyndland, Glasgow.
Palm trees in Hyndland.
The three of us did a bit of Christmas shopping in Glasgow’s West End. The Dafter was able to walk a few blocks, and shop with her Dad for my present, but then ran out of steam. But it’s the first time we’ve managed that family tradition since December 2010!
The entire pillar box was full to the top with Christmas cards!
Tilly’s tumours have come back, but she has been happy – and decided to pose for her photo one morning.
Helping with my baking. (Don’t worry, I didn’t let her lick the spoon.)
I treated myself to this Christmas cactus from the local florist.
Made some pomanders!
And I made a new Christmas cookie: Cranberry, Cardamom and Citrus Pinwheels. I found the recipe on the Old Farmer’s Almanac website here. Not a quick project, but really yummy!
The Christmas Rose.
The Dafter has finished her semester now, and was able to take her assessments. As you see, she was able to do a spot of Christmas shopping In Real Life with us. I’ll give you an update on her in the New Year.
I have a lot of singing coming up this week! Michael will soon be on a well-deserved break, so I will be able to do some caroling in hospitals and the care home. On Sunday one of the choirs I sang in performed in a Nine Lessons and Carols service. Among other things, we sang Philip Stopford’s A Christmas Blessing. I think it’s a beautiful piece. You can have a listen here. (Not to us singing it, though – I wish we were this good!) We also sang a new carol, Can It Be True? by Jacqueline Burley. You might hear it on Radio 3 over the holidays. It’s set to the words of a poem by Susan Hill. I think you can download it here, if you’re interested. Michael was able to come to our performance, and he said he really liked the piece, because it made him feel the wonder of Christmas was fresh and new.
I wish the same for all of you!