And so we come to the last day of the year. A demanding and tough year for us as a family, and me personally as well. I feel emotionally and physically drained, and my photos are as lacklustre as I am at the moment.
I am forever looking up at the skies, noticing the clouds shapes and airplane trails. These were the trails just above our house from the back.
On Christmas eve we dashed to Waitrose for some last minute grocery shopping. There was a stall selling roasted marshmallows just outside the supermarket, and I bought this sweet treat for Eddie for enduring the crowds of shoppers with me.
Our Christmas lunch was a relatively quiet affair, it was just us. I cooked a big side of salmon as the main course, with the gin and orange glaze, and it was delicious.
In the late afternoon our friends came over for drinks and desserts. I have overdone on the dessert front. Apart from the Christmas cake (below) which I made from scratch, I bought a Heston's Black Forest panettone (lovely, but too much chocolate), Heston's very fancy profiteroles which looked like coals and a Black Forest Meringue Wreath from Tesco (would buy it again!).
Eddie got a big bunch of Harry Potter-related gifts for Christmas, and absolutely loves his new night light, with a cute little Harry Potter figure in the dome.
Took a selfie with Eddie, while watching TV, but cut myself out of the picture. Eddie looks as cute as always.
The house by Simon Lelic was one of the last books of the year for me (I did manage to finish one more book afterwards). It is a gripping domestic drama- psychological thriller.
Yet another selfie, with my ever elusive Sash.
Eddie's artwork at school - a Christmas tree ornament.
We've been cooped up for several days now, as my husband is in Italy, visiting his parents. I had a quick stroll in the garden earlier today and spotted these primulas. Totally wrong time of the year for them.
Happy new year!