Christmas was good. Quiet, but good. After a cold and grey Eve, the day itself started with a thick, icy frost and clear skies and bright sunshine. AfterI had delved into my stocking and opened the little presents from Father Christmas, we (that is my parents and I, and Barney – the pup) for that is all the umbers we were, went for a good walk up Chilly Hill and out along Hampton Ridge. We then descended back home for an agreeable glass of something, and presents round the tree…

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With the exception of the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King dvd (extended edition) and Jamie Cullum’s Twentysomething cd all my presents were books – which is marvous because I love books. I’m now lost in Ursula Le Guin’s new book, Gifts, and dipping into Michael Palin’s Himalaya and Rory Bremner’s You Are Here, which probably explains why I’ve been quiet round these parts recently…

…but enough of my presents – what about Barney, Bramble and Pepper. Well Bramble wasn’t really feeling very sociable so pushed off to another room, and Pepper as you can see was more interested in finding a nice armchair to pay much attention to his new collar, wrapped up and presented to him. Barney, on the other hand was delighted with his new raggy, and the nyla bone that in this picture is still to be unwrapped…

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We ate our Christmas meal in the evening and settled back for more reading in the armchairs, and have done similar for the other days. I’ve also delved onto the computer only to download pictures onto the camera or continue my project of cleaning up the twentysomething year old American photos…