It has been a week since my last blog post, I can't believe how quickly the time has gone by. I have been filling my days well despite the terrible weather outside. Finally, we woke this morning to no rain so I am hopeful that we will be able to get out for a good walk. We have had some terrible weather this past week certainly not conducive to a walk by the sea. A couple of storms have also hit, making it impossible for the ferry to run. It seems very early in the season so I am truly thankful that we have a good store cupboard.
The Christmas cake has now been made, I really enjoyed the process. The smells are so evocative of Christmas with the aromatic spices and fruit. The dried fruits were left to soak overnight before all the wet ingredients were added.
Another thing ticked off the list. It is now wrapped ready for the occasional feed of brandy. The Christmas music we are putting on more and more and we are watching the occasional Christmas film. The preparations are coming along nicely with some secret craft work still going on. I must admit I am really enjoying the process. We intend to get the decorations out early next week and start to sort them out. We have so many that really do need to be passed onto others as we are now in a much smaller home.
Pyrography is a traditional folk art which we have started to explore. So over the past few days we have been experimenting on some kindling and then progressed to a few wooden spoons. They are going to be attached to some cookie mix and used as gifts. Whilst not brilliant we did enjoy the process and they are made with love.
The Christmas cards have now all been made and written, even the stamps added so the list is going down quite nicely. I intend to post them a little earlier than usual as I anticipate a surge in postage. With all the new government announcements about the festive period I am sure a lot of people will feel better about what they are allowed to do. It was the uncertainty that was upsetting people. Not everyone is going to be happy but at least we have guidelines now.
I have been enjoying going through some of my old recipe books looking for some familiar recipes but also something new to add to the repertoire. I came across a few new additions that I want to try. I have also started a new jigsaw puzzle that passes away the time. I have been experimenting with paints both water colours and acrylic and again enjoying the process. I love the idea of mix media projects both paint and sewing which I am experimenting with a little. Have you tried something new lately? Every day is an adventure as I fill my day with a new craft project and the joy that brings.
Time is running away with me once again so I will leave you for now and get on trying to tick off my endless list of jobs awaiting me. Take care and stay safe in these very uncertain times.
See you soon.