It’s already the beginning of December and I haven’t blogged for ages. I am typing this whilst cooking (multi tasking at its best) making minces pies and sausages rolls, some for us, some for the freezer and some for guests.I was thrilled to hear the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. I was thrilled that is, but since the news broke and the world seems to have gone into baby frenzy I am now already bored with it all. How awful it must be to live your life under the spotlight so much when everything you do turns into an item of news. I remember when I was first pregnant those first few months were so precious that we wanted to keep the secret as long as possible. It’s such a shame because we need good news amongst the doom and gloom of other news items. After the dreadful floods last week in St Asaph, which is only a few miles away, and the sight of water rushing through people’s homes, it makes us very grateful that we live on a hill. It must be so awful to have your home flooded at any time but particularly at this time of year with only cold weather to look forward to and Christmas just around the corner. I used to love the winter when I was young, looking forward to snow but now the thought of it horrifies me. A sure sign of getting old perhaps!
But this time of year has so much to offer. Christmas for me has always been family time and I am looking forward to this Christmas particularly as it will be the first we have had at home for three years. Some of the family will be here with us and the most exciting thing is that our daughter will be back home. She has been in Canada for nearly a year and I can’t wait to see her. Well actually I can’t wait to give her a cuddle. I have ‘seen’ her every week via the wonders of Skype; we have been able to chat and see each other but to actually see her in the flesh and hold her will be fantastic.I have made the cake which is currently being ‘fed’ with the odd drop of brandy, most presents have already been brought and delivered and I even managed to get my overseas cards posted in time. Les is busy in the ‘shed’ painting the doll’s house he has made for our great niece and with only three weeks to go till the big day I feel quietly confident that we will be ready. Whether you believe in the true meaning of Christmas or just enjoy the holiday it is a great time to get together with friends and family, eat and drink too much and generally have a good time. What would we do without it – it would be a long dull winter with nothing to look forward to. Perhaps that’s why festivals, holidays and celebrations were created to give us the punctuation that the year needs. Whatever the reason I hope it will be great for everyone.