Little donkey






One week until Christmas and I am gathering my resources.

Christmas present shopping has been completed in real life painlessly. One trip to Guildford on the park and ride bus accompanied by my wonderful daughter and I am done. There was an emergency trip yesterday to buy sheets and extra pillows  for the new bed (I’d forgotten how depleted my linen cupboard had become since having university age children) but as the town with the bedding shop also hosts a large new Waitrose I also did a big shop to stock the larder and more besides and now I’m feeling remarkably well-organised for the coming weeks.

Today I’ve cleaned (my window cleaner arrived this morning and that always provokes me into action), been swimming and called in at the allotment for anemones, chard and leeks. My fifth batch of sourdough is proving and I’ve ironed a heap of new and old bed linen while listening to Gardeners’ Question Time – I do like the contribution James Wong makes and enjoy reading his column in the Observer too.

The little donkey in the first photo is the same one that my then 14 month old son carried to the stable during a Christmas Eve service in our very small 11th century church almost 21 years ago. He walked the length of the aisle holding his precious cargo, placed it carefully in the stable and returned to me with a big smile. He’s coming home on Sunday and I cannot wait.

Before then we have a busy day at the cottage to look forward to. We had the chimney repointed  yesterday and today so now we are not far off lighting the stove. The chimney has been swept, the stove and flue given a clean bill of health and wood has been stacked. Meanwhile we have the new boiler installation and a complete electrical re-wire booked in for January. A glazer, a carpenter and a decorator complete the line-up of jobs organised so far. We’re even winning the battle with the resident mice in the three attic spaces.

I am looking forward to Christmas in my usual low-key way. We are going to a Christmas party on Sunday and I will bring in the Christmas tree this weekend. Not to decorate quite yet, but just to enjoy its fresh piney scent and to see its lights reflected in the full length window. I will save the decorating until nearer Christmas, after all there is still one week to go.




14 thoughts on “Little donkey

  1. What a wonderful post, gently festive and with fantastic pictures. How amazing to have a little 11th century church, it looks gorgeous. Well done on the cottage, it sounds as if you are making excellent progress. I hope you have a lovely weekend. CJ xx


  2. It sounds as though you’ve got Christmas under control and a sense of calm emanates from your post. It sounds as though you’re really progressing with the cottage – exciting. I hope you’ll share a few photos some time? Have a lovely weekend Sarah.


  3. Goodness, you have been productive. I finished my shopping this morning, but I think the house could do with a bit of a clean before the big day! Love the donkey story. Happy Christmas. xx


  4. Love the ambiance in your pictures…echoing strong values of home and love. Little donkey…ah the tune brings many a tear to a Mum hearing her little ones sing this one! Have a lovely time with your family around you. X Noelle


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