It's cold and very snowy
The temperature gauge on the car read -13c on a journey recently into Inverness
The snow first fell on December 18th and has continued on and off ever since.
Inside it's warm and cosy. It's twelfth night and the Christmas decorations must come down. Some people take the decorations down on Boxing Day but that's because they put them up in September!
Not us. We were still hurtling bits and bobs and baubles at the tree on Christmas Eve and hoping we would be in time for Christmas
a strange mixture of homemade things
little pixies that come and help or maybe hinder. In Denmark you give them porridge on Christmas eve - with or without porridge they were plonked on the tree along with our more 'grown up' decorations
and candles which are so magical when lit, normally on Christmas day, with a bucket of water placed nearby - just in case!
And the effect of all that Christmas Eve hurtling. A sort of mish mash of many happy memories, of little bits and pieces some looking tired but nevertheless on the tree they must go.
Now they are taken down and packed away until next year