Happy Christmas to you! It’s mid-afternoon as I type this, so many of my blog friends will not have reached Christmas yet, still asleep for a few hours before being woken up by over excited children!
I started to write this post a few hours ago but could not muster any Christmas cheer so turned my laptop off and went for a drive with KB… to be honest, the post I was writing sounded as though it was written by the Grinch with a terrible case of PMS but thanks to a nice drive and some chocolate I’m feeling a lot more festive and cheerful!
We are having quite the beautiful day today here up in the Far North, a bit overcast but very hot and summery. I get a lot of comments from people who can’t imagine Christmas in the summertime and I can understand that, as we are programmed with Northern Hemisphere Christmas images of snow gently falling, candles twinkling and general coziness… it looks lovely to be honest, but here in New Zealand Christmas is about jandals and barbeques, backyard cricket, trampolines and cold beers, beaches and sunburned shoulders and of course, pohutukawa trees which I have shown you before but will show you again!
Pohutukawa trees are the ultimate summer Christmas image, beautiful blazing red goodness, I just love them. If the trees flower before Christmas it means we have a hot summer on the way. Well, the trees here in the Far North flowered WEEKS ago so hot summer, bring it on!
KB, Raymond and I are having a quiet day, just the three of us. I’ve been drinking too much coffee out of my new mug, a gift from my lovely KB…
Raymond has been doing a lot of this….
We bought him a packet of ping-pong balls for Christmas which are a lot of fun on wonky wooden floors like ours, plus a mitt with rubber spikes to sort out his shedding issues! Normally I take him outside and de-fur him with my hands and to be honest, I was sceptical about a spiky mitt but oh my goodness, handfuls of fur came off, it was amazing! He MUST be feeling better now, like he has taken a jersey off or something.
Other than eating, drinking coffee and brusing Raymond, our Christmas Day is all about reading books and working on my latest crochet project…
Things were going fine until my beautiful HiyaHiya PURPLE crochet hook fell through the slits in the deck *sob* … there are so many spiders under the deck there is no way in hell I’m going to even try to crawl under and retrieve it. Meanwhile, as I have to order things online now, I’m going to try to finish this with a 4mm hook and hope my tension is loose enough that it doesn’t get smaller and smaller as I make it! I’m hoping to have it finished by the time my five day holiday finishes, so stay tuned for a ta-da moment. If there is no ta-da next post, it’s because it has not turned out how I want it.
Hope you all have a wonderful time this Christmas and enjoy your family and friends,
lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX