Well after all the bustle and hustle preparing for Christmas and the New Year, its all over and somehow the new year has slipped into being. Although solstice has been and gone, the nights are still long and dark, and I do enjoy them. It is time to spend cuddled up in front of the fire with the dogs and knit or sew whilst watching TV, or drying off from long wet and muddle dog walks. Christmas Day was spent with my parents which means a drive through the Ashdown Forest to get to them. It was a lovely drive, we didn’t see many other cars and so we drove through the silent dark woods and then up into the sun of the open moorland. We didn’t see any deer though. We spent the day quietly, eating drinking, taking the dogs for a walk and played Scrabble. Boxing Day was a visit up to Droitwich and a meal in Chateau Impney with family and friends. The drive home wasn’t good, snow and then torrential rain which meant it took twice as long. So we spent the next day relaxing at home, reading our Christmas books until it was time to go out for a meal with some friends. Sunday was spent on Camber Sands with the dogs, and then a wander around Rye before home for supper.