~ Today was a quieter day, although not without its busy moments. Chiefly the pre-Christmas shop… no regular Ocado delivery in Christmas week, and seeing as as we had vouchers to spend we headed out to Thame and to Waitrose to buy our weekly goods plus one or two planned treats for the holiday season. We met up with Emma’s sister, Helen Lily, and meandered around the aisles, being thankful of the self-scanning option at skipping the checkout queues…

~ After the shops we headed back to Helen’s for lunch and a stroll around the block once Lily had had her feed.

~ Tonight, I cooked Nigel Slater’s yummy winter-warmer of a lamb hotpot…

~ Last night I finished reading my own novel. Got a list of edits to be made and then, I think, I’m done – I’m ready. Today I started reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and already I’m hooked. Man tries to kill parents and baby. Baby escapes, ends up in graveyard where ‘residents’ decide to raise him. Such a simple concept. I love it, and I look forward to finding out what happens next.

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