Slow, simple, feasting, family. I am sure that most people experience Christmas in very similar ways. Ours revolved around food and walks.
It’s a funny old thing Christmas, from the busy to the lazy. Weeks of absolute extremes. Christmas Day is always so quick, one minute life is all about the presents, the food, what to watch on the TV – and then it’s gone…… and we are leftovers, eating too much and flopping on the sofa.
I prefer the languid days in between Christmas and New Year. Waking each morning with a start thinking am I late, and the sweet realisation that we don’t have to be anywhere. Cups of tea can be enjoyed under the duvet. Pyjamas worn til lunchtime.
Best of all, to me are the walks taken with family and friends. To blow away those cheese laden cobwebs.
Christmas Eve, we took cousins for an amble around National Trust Tyntestfield. This beautiful place has my heart, and our family (who live in Leeds) too fell for it’s charms.
Christmas Day was spent at my folks. A long lunch, followed by a marathon Lego building session. More food and the Stick Man on the TV. A couple of games of Cluedo and it was home to our beds. Boys stating how lucky they were to have such brilliant family.
Boxing Day and over to the coast to spend time with Dan’s family. Buffet lunch, silly games and walks on the beach. I love walking on the beach in winter, it’s so much more interesting. Give me wind swept and gorse berries any day.
After a few days of family duties – we were alone again. To sleep in late and take walks in our own pace. This time back to the rocky coast to look for crabs, sea glass and lighthouses. I practised using my new camera lens, letting the boys loose on the camera to take a few portraits. This one of me is by Rufus, I rather like it.
And this of Rufus is taken by Charlie. I love them so much!
And here is one of all three of my boys…
I still need to get to grips with the focus – but I am loving playing with my DSLR again. My new favourite toy!
New Years Eve, we visited Laura and family in the Cotswolds. Walked to the iron age fort near her home. As you can imagine with five boys there were lots of sword waving, wading through mud, marauding boys and cups of tea on the fire. The very best of days, spending time with friends.
So that was our Christmas week. Walks, food, family and friends. With masses of Lego star wars! How was yours? I hope it was wonderful.
Happy New Year – 2016 is going to be magical, I can feel it.