I'm kind of maybe almost nearly there with the Christmas shopping.
Not written any cards or posted anything yet, of course!
Actually, that isn't quite true.
I have posted my FH&CS Christmas swap parcel (where are you, Lakota?) and in turn I received my parcel of loveliness from my swap partner Sophie.
Should I have waited till Christmas to open these?
Of course not!
A beautifully rich and autumnal pashmina, a little wooden bag (which will be filled with chocolate coins and used as a mini treasure chest at Christmas), a glamorous sequined purse/clutch, a hand-knitted tea cosy, and a Christmas bell, for summoning the servants.
I could train the kids to appear when I ring.
I'd have better luck trying to train the cats...
Thanks so much to Sophie for such great gifts.
As you can see, the scarf is already getting much use, I love it.
For those who don't know, Lakota organised a blogger gift swap in which the maximum spend is £12 for 3 to 5 items, one of which must be handmade, one Christmas-related, and one or more items charity-shopped/thrifted/secondhand.
It just goes to prove that you don't have to spend a fortune to find delightful, thoughtful, appropriate and ethical gifts.
It's been very bright and frosty.
But I took my coat off to show you my colours.
I'm so good to you!
Silver fox faux fur, cardigan, bangles, necklace - charity shops
1970s maxi dress and boots - Ebay
Hat - gift from Visa-gettin' Vix
Pashmina - gift from Norfolk-lovin' Sophie
Vintage enamel brooch - Holy Guacamole-eatin' Sarah
Braving the frost and the chill of the garden was totally worth it to see Natural Born Killer* Charlie-Boy almost falling out of a tree - that's what I'm laughing at!
He was not pleased.
Cats do not like to be laughed at.
*Update on the guinea pig incident. It died...
Oh no. Thankfully my nice neighbour was very matter-of-fact about the whole thing.
And I recently found a large dead rat under our kitchen table.
Charlie is obviously Prime Suspect.