Our Christmas Fairy

Our fairy helper was very busy overnight, embellishing every corner of the house with Christmas decorations. Here is a selection:Christmas decorations on windowsillChristmas decorations on mantlepieceChristmas decorations on mirror
One string above the photograph of Flo on the sitting room wall is particularly pertinent to the season. Beginning with our granddaughter’s first conscious Christmas Jackie, for a number of years, produced an annual fairy dress for her. This, the second, was the first of a series Granny actually made from scratch. As the festive season progressed, her tiny tummy expanded, and the garment became gradually tighter, but the little fairy adamantly refused to take it off.
Christmas decorations on Flo's pictureChristmas decorations in kitchenChristmas decorations at bottom of stairsChristmas decorations in sitting room
Ragged robin straggled among fallen autumn leaves on Downton Lane when I took my Ragged robin and autumn leavesHordle Cliff top walk this morning. Apart from the presence of its avian namesake perched Robinon a clifftop post it was hard to believe that this was mid-December in Albion.
Mallards on streamTwo pairs of mallards scooted along the Shorefield stream, where I had to be quick to take this shot.
Feeling rather smug at having written half our Christmas cards in time for second class post this afternoon, I flourished my fountain pen, the top of which flew across the room and under the sofa. This meant, I thought, a painful grovel underneath for its retrieval. Our lithe Christmas fairy, however, was much more up (or down) to the task, and fished it out for me.
This evening Becky and Ian came to stay the night and take Flo home tomorrow. We all dined on Jackie’s superb roast lamb meal followed by rice pudding covered in raspberry jam and/or evap. I finished the Madiran, Jackie drank Hoegaarden, Ian Leffe. Becky drank rose wine and Flo J2O.

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