The time between Christmas and New Year is one of my favourites. We take the week off apart from monitoring emails. It’s a quiet time of the year and only three working days, so it works out perfectly. The manic buying of presents is over and leftover meals are on the menu. It is relaxed.
We spent a couple of days visiting family. Always good to see the folks. I sneaked my birthday in. Quietly. I don’t go for big celebrations. It probably explains why certain members of the family have lost track of how old I am, which was amusing. There was cake. So that was good.
We’ve fitted in a few days out too. Hero went to the beach for the first time and loved it. I think he was overwhelmed by the number of dogs all in one place. We didn’t let him off the lead until we’d reached a quiet section, as I’m sure he would have become instantly deaf to our calls. It was fabulous to see him run along the beach.
Also went for a walk up to the top of Glastonbury Tor (my legs are feeling that one), followed by a walk around the town. Glastonbury is unlike any other town I know. The high street is filled with gem shops, new age shops, alternative lifestyle shops like no other town I’ve visited. You can walk into a shop and pick up a love potion or lentil bake with no difficulty. It is colourful and fragrant.
Dogs were allowed in most shops and it fascinated me to see which ones Hero felt relaxed enough to lie down in. Any shop with candles, smudge sticks and quartz were favourite. Sheepskin shops made him edgy. The more welcoming the shop keeper, the more relaxed he was. They were also the shops we bought something from!
Finally made it to a local long barrow that’s been on Mr TTC’s list for a while. Dates back to about 3500 BC and was a burial site. As we left, the sun was just setting and it could not have added more to the atmosphere. I’m planning to write more about this visit.
The rest of the week, we’ve spent time at home. This week of the year could not slip by without at least a couple of jigsaw puzzles being completed. In the past, we’ve had to juggle meal times as the only available table, that can hold a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, is the kitchen table. This year, I was given a jigsaw roll. I was amazed at how well it works. Meal times and puzzle doing could exist side by side in harmony!
Also had fun constructing with cardboard, by making a sweet shop and revisiting my childhood. I’m hoping this is a catalyst for more cardboard crafting, as I have a handful of ideas to distract the children away from their screens.
It has been a good week. Next week the children go back to school and I’ll properly sit down at my desk again. It goes too fast. Still. We have a couple more days, so I plan to make the most of the time left.
Hope you have enjoyed your inbetween week.
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