1. So, to Boxing Day. After my pictorial glimpse of Christmas Day itself, maybe some words are in order? I had very nice day, and got a good stack of books to read along with Diana Krall’s new album and The Beatles’ Love album which is good.

2. I also continue to make good progress on my novel, and I am currently in the midst of chapter five (and the total number has slightly unnervingly reached 408!)

3. After a very nice walk with Barney Dog this morning we got back to the house just for lunch and a message from my brother to say that he, my sister-in-law, and my nephew were descending on us after all. It will be good to see them down in the cottage again, and it does make cat-related planning simpler for New Year, but it did also mean that I had to move out of my room, and into the study and the sofa bed. This, just a few days after I moved out of the study and into bedroom…