As you can see - I'm back in dear old England again, having towed our caravan (well, my super husband actually does the towing.) down to the Algarve where we've had an enjoyable stay on our favourite campsite. Have flown home as we aim to return there in January - touch wood!!
Had a lovely reception from our family. Our Daughter met us at the airport with our granddaughter, who is waiting to take her Driving Test, so she drove us home (very well) for practice.
Couldn't believe our eyes on reaching our house to see our ancient old cardboard Snowman, that we stick on the front door every year, waving cheerily to us. Also, our Electric Father Christmas and Snowman shining brightly from their home in the flower tubs.
On going indoors we found the rest of the family waiting for us so it was laughter and kisses and hugs all around. The youngest grandchildren were so thrilled to see us back and there was no shyness after us being away for two months. Even our indoor Decs had been found in the loft and put up. There was a giant pot of homemade soup waiting, with baguettes and cheese and tomatoes to go with it, and we all sat down to eat and catch up on the news. I wasn't allowed to do a thing -other than cuddle the children. It was wonderful. Afterwards, the family washed up and then left us to take a much needed rest. We'd been up since five o'clock and hadn't slept much the night before!!
This year, for the first time, we won't be having the whole family for Christmas Evening Supper. The venue is changed - we've all been invited to our youngest son's house and my daughter-in-Law insists she's happy to do it.(We'll all help and take some food.) My Husband over-ruled me and said it's time I sat back. I felt sad to begin with as it's been such a long tradition - but when I thought more about it, I thought that it's probably a good idea to change things this year, as it well may be my last Christmas, so would be better next year to have the new tradition. (Not morbid - just realistic) Plus, it was quite a relief as I get sooo tired, nowadays. Then, on Boxing Day, we all go to my Daughter and Son-inLaw's home.
On New Years Eve I'll reach another milestone we thought I'd not reach - my seventieth birthday. There'll be no complaints from me on reaching a big "O" birthday this decade!!
Must stop and get to bed. I fell asleep earlier so was then wide awake. I really only intended to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HEALTHY, HAPPY NEW YEAR. I'm sorry I'm so long-winded!!