Several days of eating, drinking and being merry and I'm ready
to get back to work and to the gym!
All of our tableware has come from £1 shops over the years - the Poundland crackers were just as good as expensive ones and the plates and tableware from similar shops have been added to whenever the design pops up (this year we got the matching dessert bowls!) and have served us well many times. The tablecloth I made some years ago with a cut from a discount fabric shop - it doesn't need ironing which is a bonus. We ate well - a traditional roast turkey crown and Christmas pudding. Our sons were home so we shared chocolate and fizzy wine too - our Spanish neighbours brought us home made sugared caramel almonds. My Penpal Anne sent the most beautiful carnations and gold twig bouquet with chocolates... I have felt loved and blessed.
Ambercat had her own plate of turkey and gravy, candlelight becomes her.
The door wreath has survived well.
I read Peace and Plenty (Sarah Ban Breathnach) - disappointing I am afraid - her earlier book, Simple Abundance, was lovely, it made an impact on me and I kept a thankfulness journal as a result. That book made her a millionairess; she invested her money in property, lifestyle, staff to maintain the lifestyle and possessions. Peace and Plenty reveals that all was lost to her third husband, she was penniless yet didn't seem to draw on her own advice from Simple Abundance and lost her way. Peace and Plenty is a confused rambling which relied heavily on wise old owl quotes from other authors, I think she was drowning, writing to pay bills, desperate and had lost not only her wealth but her own identity. Did you read it and feel any different?
Today I am thinking of the people here in the UK who are dealing with severe flooding, and am grateful to be in a warm house ironing shirts for the three men - watching catch up of Call the Midwife and choosing a replacement oven online in the sales (ours has been faulty for some time and finally gave up after the Christmas dinner had cooked!)... something for my thankfulness journal.
|My little lemon tree has been busy producing fruit due to the
mild winter so there's something else to be pleased about.