It's the last Friday before Christmas and time for Five on Friday and it's also the last one until next year. It's been fun hasn't it? Many thanks to Amy at Love Made my Home for hosting our weekly meets ups. Click on the link at the bottom of this post to find others who are joining in this week.
Here are five things from the past few days.
1. Piva - every year we go to Little Moreton Hall near Congleton, Cheshire on the weekend before Christmas to listen to Piva, their jolly, festive and ancient music somehow starts the Christmas festivities for us. This year they had a new CD which we bought and played in the car on the way home. I'm always fascinated by the wonderful array of instruments they bring with them.
2. Christmas Wreath - just a simple one this year using the frame of woven hazel twigs from the tree in our garden we'd made and used for the last couple of Christmases and foliage from our garden too. We had friends coming to lunch on Tuesday so I wanted it on the front door for then as a festive welcome. (I may have to take if off if gale Barbara gets any stronger today.) We had a lovely day, presents were exchanged and lots of lovely conversation was had over good food.
3. Lakeside Walk - we had a lovely walk around the lake at Trentham on Monday morning, the rolling mists amongst the trees and the light relections on the lake were stunning. I was pleased with my photo of the cormorant drying its wings. You could see the light through its feathers.
The tree went up on Sunday finally rescued from where it is strapped and lifted up high in the back of the garage. Cards have finally started arriving the post has seemed slow this year. Having said that I posted a letter with a second class stamp to our friends in Dronfield to thank them for their hospitality last week and they phoned the next day to say they had received it, so I think it has been an excellent service this year.
I wanted some red flowers for my red spotty jug and the only ones that appealed were the tulips, a bit too early really but it is lovely to see them. They make me think of the Spring to come now the Winter Solstice has passed and we are heading again towards lighter days.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.