Hello my friends to this, the Christmas week episode of WOYWW. Thank you so much to everyone for all your comments last week. They were great fun to read. The good news here is that I found the missing folder! Yes, Julia, it was indeed in a place I had already looked. The not so good news is that the poem wasn’t in it! I can only remember the first verse that I wrote. Oh well, never mind.
Anybody here in Britain knows this week “What a difference a day makes”!! I know that I had already taken the decision not to travel to Nottingham and meet up with my family for Christmas Day, but I cpuldn’t have gone anyway! Wales is now in lockdown again. Local travel only, can’t cross the border into England, only very limited mixing on Christmas Day, shops are shut… So very difficult for many who live on their own and don’t cope well with prolonged periods alone.
So let’s have a look at my desk this week and think about something different!
So, what have we got here… Scissors, needle, 2 pairs of glasses, lots of bits of knitting, the pattern for Mr Jolly Jingle, and there on the left… his left foot! Yes, I am still working on finishing him. The idea was to get him to the local children’s hospice – but that won’t happen now. I’m not allowed to travel that far! But I have been busy continuing to make him up.
He’s getting there. Mr snowman and his Christmas tree are stitched together and on his head; his scarf is finished and the bells are attached to the end; the holly and berries are now on his hat; and a long walking cane is attached. This will hold the lantern currently sitting on my desk awaiting the second mistletoe berry. A robin will sit on the branch of the cane, and a parcel will hang from it. His other hand will hold a stocking filled with knitted candy canes. On his shoes will sit Christmas puddings; and his pocket will have a letter to Santa. I have just, as I write this, realized I have sewn his pocket on the right of his jacket and it should be on the left!!! Obviously not reading the instructions carefully.
Last week Sue commented she would like to see my new Christmas jumper – so here you are, Sue! Nothing too bold – quite subdued, really…
I have finished and am currently wearing, a sweater I knitted for myself. It’s beautifully warm and cosy! Sorry about the photo. How do you take a picture of yourself, first thing in the morning, when all the lights have to be on because it is so very dull outside?! Anyone who has met me knows that my hair is usually quite short… this shows the result of lockdown on and off since March! It now can make quite a presentable ponytail as you can see… The beauty of it is, that even at 70 it still has its red colour! Much faded these days, but still there (mostly!)
So that’s about it here in Wales this week. The weather forecast for Wednesday is rain and more rain, so I will be able to get around to lots of visits to you all.
Whatever you are doing this Christmas Day, be it staying at home, celebrating in a minimal way with some family or friends, or even not celebrating at all, I wish you a day filled with peace and joy. To me it is one of the most important days in the year – the day I celebrate and remember that a baby was born. Born into a world filled with disharmony, wars and rivalries. Born in a stable, homeless, dispossessed; his family and nation under the rule of a harsh regime. He came because He loves each one of us, and proved that He wanted to see our relationship with God re-established, through His death and resurrection some 33 years later.
Take care each one of you. Stay safe. God bless you all.