A definite air of waiting this week. She feels it too. This hound is used to quiet during the day. Undisturbed time lounging on the sofa. Mulling over world affairs, I like to think. In reality, she is probably dreaming of chasing squirrels up trees.
This week, has felt more like a performance of Waiting for Godot going on around her. Anticipating something that doesn’t happen, while people bustle around her doing not a lot. I bet she misses the squirrels.
Christmas on a Monday, coupled with the children breaking up so early, has created an odd space.
Not that we’ve been idle. There has been secret making and baking. Wood collected. Turkey from the farm ordered. A trip to the dentist. A car ride to see the local lights. The Winter Solstice to celebrate.
(Yule log ready to go on the fire) *
December. Oh, December. Half way through already. That can’t be right.
The house is feeling festive. Lots of twinkling lights in the evening. A more Christmas past, as I’ve had no time to add much new. I’m glad I made the mistletoe and my needlefelted King Winter earlier. It has been busy. School events, work project deadlines to hit and exam tension to juggle.
To add to the fun, along with me being hit with more sick days in December than the rest of the year put together, the telephones and internet are still playing up. I’m now on first name terms with our telephone engineer and he has learnt that he can explain the problem using proper terms and I will understand. Yes, I am a mother but I can put CEng after my name. Hear me roar… just not too loud as it will set me off coughing again. Er hmm.
(Youngest’s homemade jumper for Christmas Jumper Day today)
If I’d managed to draw up an autumn bucket list this year, leaf peeping would have been way up high on the list. Not just stepping out of the front door and admiring our local trees. We do that every day and they really are a wonderful sight at the moment. No, I really mean heading further afield and seeing a glorious display.
So this weekend, we headed down to Stourhead, where they do it on a grand scale. We’ve been a few times.
Now, to add to the fun, we had borrowed an electric car for the weekend. To test if it would work for us country living explorers. A Leaf. You can imagine how many jokes everyone managed to fit around going in a Leaf to see leaves. It also became quite a game to see the electronic trees growing on the dashboard. These grew as their father drove more efficiently. Our on board forest peaked at 2 and a bit trees.
Fortunately for us, Stourhead had a lot more trees and they were real. Continue reading