A Happy Christmas to all our Readers!

2012-12-22 11.55.17As I write this I expect you are all preparing for the Christmas festivities, we are feeling quite smug having completed our grocery shopping last night and thus have a ‘indoor’ day today.

Catty has been out briefly but decided that a warmer place could be found indoors, she has since retreated even further inside the bag for a snooze.

Christmas presents have been wrapped, cleaning and washing are done, coal stocked up with and we look forward to Carols by Candlelight tomorrow.

It’s always good to catch up with friends, but at this time of year we enjoy hearing folk’s news whether it’s Christmas newsletters or phone calls or seeing them in person. It was alarming to hear that several members of the youth group we once ran have hit 50 (some error in the time-space continuum I feel!)

Ian Jona Rowland
Aww! They do grow up, bless ’em

Another friend reminded us of the ‘Plague of Frogs’ in the churchyard on our wedding day (well her son and my nephews were fascinated by at least… um.. one?) A young lady of 24 who we have known since she was knee-high-to-a-grasshopper (actually, she still is) declared she was starting to understand what she had put her mother through as a teenager now her little sister is doing the same stuff.

It’s been quite a month for catching up with people, having made several trips back to Gloucestershire for Anniversaries, Significant Birthday Parties and a Baptism all of which resulted in us meeting up with friends we hadn’t seen for ages. Good Times!

Joy's Christmas Grotto
Joy’s Christmas Grotto, all ready for Santa’s deliveries

We are looking forward to our son, Jeremy, Rebecca and Isabelle spending Christmas Day with us and I’ve just been asked to read a ‘Shepherds Tale’ at our Christmas Day service.

So we end by wishing you all a Very Happy and Blessed Christmas, a Wonderful New Year and may all your hopes and dreams become reality.


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