Firstly, I hope you all had a good Christmas, were able to enjoy some time off from work, and appreciated what Santa brought you. I was a very lucky girl. My other half, Chris, is very supportive of my writing (maybe because it keeps me quiet and out of his way for hours on end!) and had themed my gifts.
Firstly, I opened up the present containing a new mug with the words, ‘Please do not annoy the writer – she may put you in a book & kill you!’ You have been warned! That was followed by a gift bag with an ‘It Works’ candle, and a Ted Baker notebook and pen with the message, ‘A way with words,’ on it. It then transpired that the huge box in the corner was also for me – the writing desk on which to put all the other smaller presents. I am looking forward to trying it out when the house has emptied of our Christmas guests as I have an April deadline to meet.
I had done quite a bit of my Christmas shopping with QVC but I knew Sophie was after a new pair of boots to replace the ones we bought her for Christmas three years ago. That meant a trip in to London on Christmas Eve eve and I can tell you now … never again.
We eventually found a pair of boots she liked, that fitted well and were available in her size, from a small independent shoe shop having drawn a complete blank at all the usual high street specialists. I’m just relieved that Clarks are such a good fit on me most of the time – I LOVE my Chelsea boots so much that I got them in two colours!
All that then remained was for us to find a sports watch for Dan. Two hours later, having tramped the length of Oxford Street, the only bag I was carrying was from a health food store containing my nut mix and some omega 3,6,9 tablets! The best thing about the trip was seeing the stunning Bond Street lights, although Sophie was not very impressed when I suggested she should stand in the middle of the road to get the best shot of them.
Christmas Eve was a bit different for us this year. Instead of icing the cake at quarter to midnight, I did it earlier in the day and then we went out for dinner to our favourite restaurant in nearby Sunningdale, The Tablespoon. Small, friendly, great food and highly recommended.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day it was just the five of us as we had Nana staying, but on the 27th we ventured out and were treated to this beautiful sunset en route as we headed to a friend of Sophie’s in the village of Woldingham, where our children grew up, for a games evening.
The moment we arrived we were handed a picture quiz by Nicola, Sophie’s friend, to complete … I hadn’t realised it was going to be quite so organised and competitive. There were three families, including ours, and it was great fun particularly Articulate (which we play a version of at home called the colander game) and Heads Up which we did on the iPad. There was even a prize, a bottle of Lanson, for the person with the best score overall… all I am saying is that it came home with us!
Yesterday was a lazy day recovering from all the excitement of Christmas but today I am back at work and will be with you in the run up to the New Year so check the TV Guide on our website if you enjoy the shows I present.
I think it must be true that the older you get the faster the years seem to pass as this one has flown by! I’m not going to pretend it has been my best year ever, in fact at times it has been rather challenging, but looking back over my tweets and Facebook posts it has definitely had some ‘highs’ along with the ‘lows’.
My 60th birthday in June and my mum’s 90th in August, along with the publication of the final part of The Liberty Sands Trilogy (was that really only six months ago?) and a short story in September, and of course Sophie buying her first home. I won’t mention the lows but instead hope for fewer of them in 2017… for all of us!
Happy and Healthy New Year