well it has been and gone......
Christmas 2007 was a strange one - we spent a large chunk of the actual day on the beach!
yep - Christmas day in the very North of Scotland arrived sunny and bright so we enjoyed time on the fine clean sand with the dogs chasing balls and admiring the stunning views x
we did not sit down for lunch until just after 3pm .......
by which time Talulla was exhausted!!
gift unwrapping was enjoyed by all members of the household
twigs pigs thought that perhaps the knitted mice were just a little too long haired!!!
bella was delighted with her pink mousie x
archie was pleased that his knitted mouse was fashioned with manly brown yarn with just a hint of pink for the ears
bracken guarded her mouse for most of the afternoon and has since stolen everyone else's.......
we are all too scared of her to argue
(just look at that face - would you challenge her!!!!)
and despite the fact that beanie had never spent a Christmas with us before - she took to the mass of gift unwrapping and chewing really well
many moments throughout the days over Christmas reminded me of Anne - we have been lucky enough to spend wonderful Christmases with our dearest friends - relaxed, happy, content, full of laughs, good food and games x
i am so thankful that this crazy, wonderful, head strong girl was my friend - i will always miss her and will no doubt be reminded of her many many times in the future - who would of thought that a box of After Eight mints would be so important!
in 1998 Stephen and i spent a month backpacking around Thailand - spending Christmas day travelling from one of the islands to a beach hut in Phuket -
i vividly remember calling home and hearing my family celebrating together, the pain in my chest i felt made me realise that i would never again be that far away from home on Christmas again
and even though we have not spent Christmas day with them since then, we generally always see them on Boxing day or a few days after
this year hearing them all - it transported me straight back to Thailand - that feeling of being so very, very far away - crazy!!!
next year will be different - our family and friends will all hopefully spend Christmas with us in our new home
lots of fun, food , family and friends - some may have to camp on the floors, but at least we will have underfloor heating......
i am starting to plan already
just wondering how to convince my Dad that Nut Roast is as nice as a Turkey.......
i hope that you all had a great time
i look forward to catching up with all your blogs as you gradually return from Christmas 2007