Chilly New Year

The cold start we are having to 2010 is creating some amusing and entertaining ‘challenges’. Today’s trawl (in this Somerset village) includes "How to remove ice from the inside as well as the outside of your car, without ending up with a lap full of snow," "Being woken up at various points in the night when the central heating boiler fired up – of its own accord – because of the intense cold," "Collecting a ‘cardboard city’ Bethlehem from the church in the next village and distributing it around the crib on the front lawn – hence car-scraping," plus "Watching two foxes sunning themselves in the only ‘warm’ bit of the field and indulging in a bit of mutual face washing."

The day has been bright, sunny and very cold (for us) with colder weather promised later in the week.  For those of us not committed to a daily commute, deciding against a trip to the shops and peering into the darker recesses of the kitchen cupboards seeking inspiration for supper is just a minor irritation – if that.  In fact, if I am honest, I enjoy the challenge of making a meal out of the store cupboard – or a ‘bottom of the fridge’ meal. Today’s creation was a tasty pasta dish with a crunchy crisp-bread side dish and warm mince pies and cream for dessert.  Mmmm.

The house is having a pre-Epiphany tidy and clean (decorations down tomorrow) with final touches later in the week as we try to convince the joint PCCs and their husbands/wives that the rectory is always neat and tidy with a floor fit to eat off.  (Not sure it’ll work. One dear soul in the village enthuses that my "house is so lovely and natural – you know – untidy, like real people". Now, is that really a compliment?) Anyway, with in excess of 40 people wandering around and bumping into each other, and what with its being dark in the evening, I guess only the first to arrive will learn the truth!

As you squirrel your Christmas decorations back into their boxes for another year, taking time to remember the season with that annual mixture of poignant relief, look into this new, still fairly unspoilt year and cherish the friendships and love that you can tap into and build more strongly with those around you and about whom you care. Oh, and spare a crumb of love for the awkward ones too – you know, the ones who spot the weaknesses and notice the dust. If you wonder what I mean, just watch your bird table for half an hour – it’s all there!

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About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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