Last week the hall was decked with holly, ivy and all manner of greenery and I was happy celebrating, relaxing and eating leftovers. But on Monday I awoke with a determination that the season to be jolly was over. Suddenly it all seemed too much. The decorations were taken down, the turkey carcase was rammed into the stockpot and the Christmas tree shoved out through the front door.
I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions nor do I forensically examine the past year but it’s a good time of year to take stock of the here and now.
Loving: longer days. It’s always a relief to pass the shortest day of the year and though the mornings aren’t yet getting lighter, the afternoons are drawing out slightly.
Eating: from the freezer. The fridge is empty, the Christmas food is finished and we only have leeks and artichokes in the garden. It can be a bit of a lottery fishing out frozen lumps from the freezer and I must learn that a spell in the freezer doesn’t magically transform food from tasteless to delicious.
Drinking: egg nog, which is one of those drinks that I’d heard about, yet never tried. Finally, I made this rich custardy rum infused drink and was not disappointed.
Making: fire starters with the remains of Christmas. A few snippets of Christmas tree branch, the dried-up greenery from Christmas decorations, orange peel that has been left to dry on the back of a stove and some discarded walnut shells all wrapped up in a sheet of last week’s newspaper. I do like recycling Christmas.
Wearing: warm clothes and hand knitted socks because I’ve been working in an unheated barn all day.
Planning: Christmas 2017 for the Barley Barn. I know. Ridiculous. The round of trade fairs and showroom visits starts next week and by the spring we’ll have placed our orders.
Wondering about: the future of blogging. More of my favourite blogs bit the dust last year, posts on others (including this one) are becoming more sporadic and there are fewer comments everywhere. I hope that 2017 will see the resurrection of blogs, which are more personal and informative than the froth of Instagram.
And you? Is 2017 looking good?