I honestly can't remember a more relaxing Christmas-time.
We've spent an obscene amount of time in pyjamas, eating and drinking and being generally totally self-indulgent. All of which has been played out to a soundtrack of One Direction's new album on repeat and enveloped in a thick fog of One Direction's new perfume.
I've made a few observations over this festive period:-
1. Nobody likes the gold-wrapped toffee pennies in Quality Street.
2. Everybody fights over the strawberry and orange cremes in Quality Street.
3. Wine doesn't always improve with age. The grand opening, at Christmas lunch, of a 23 year old bottle of Chateau La Jarousse bordeau was a definite anti-climax. It tasted more like malt vinegar than wine. My £7 merlot was far more delicious.
4. I think I've underrated turkey and have resolved to buy it more than once a year. Not only is it extremely nutritious but it's also incredibly versatile. We've had it roasted, curried, in sandwiches and, last night, as hot and spicy rissoles.
5. My husband doesn't look half as attractive with painted toe nails.
6. I really do cook extremely well when I'm squiffy.
7. I think I am slightly addicted to the American television programme, Storage Hunters.
8. My brother-in-law is a bit of a dab hand at digital photography so guess who's been picking his brains?
9. I'm sick to the back teeth of One Direction music.
This afternoon I've been having a wonderful browse through my 2013 archives. One of the biggest joys having a blog affords, of course. Gosh, so many little things I'd forgotten. I've picked out some of my favourite pictures by way of a little recap. On reflection, it was a pretty good year I think. Definitely a colourful one.
I don't know about you, but I tend to get a little bit twitchy about the start of a New Year. I wonder what the year ahead will hold and find myself dwelling on the negative things that might happen. Completely silly, I know. This year I'm going to greet 2014 positively. It feels good, just saying it, "twenty-fourteen". Nice and even. Strong.
So my dear friends, thank you so much for coming to visit me in my little corner of the internet over the past year. I've enjoyed every single minute. Let's do it all again next year, shall we?