Friday, 30 December 2011

Ungloomy Christmas


I hope your Christmas Day was tranquil, relaxed and extremely pleasant? Ours was. We go in for very low-key, un-timetabled activity, the Lovely Son and I; nothing has to be done other than opening our presents in turn, having a walk when we feel like it, having dinner when we feel like it.




It dawned grey and damp. We went for our customary walk anyway, choosing to drive to the end of the road on Bossington Hill.

Millie tried her best to come with us, but was forcibly ejected from the car, squawking in protest.


High above Porlock Vale, there was some lively galloping about, ball in mouth, until the Lovely Son accidentally threw the ball deep into the gorse. Such accidents are always a ten-minute tragedy for Flossie.


Despite the mist, there were views.


And bare winter trees.




We walked to Bury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort. There was some hilltop posing.


And Flossie demonstrated the windsock capabilities of labrador ears.

East....


West....


Then a slow walk back to the car.


And home amid  glimmers of sunlight.



Then Christmas Dinner 1* and an evening in front of the fire, with calls to and from friends left behind in the North East.


Our first Christmas in Somerset; just lovely.

*Christmas Dinner 2 took place two days later after the arrival of the LS's girlfriend. Yes, two puddings!

24 comments:

Sue said...

Flossie's ears are cracking me up.

zephyr said...

a very comforting post. And, i love those ears...east, west!!

jabblog said...

Flossie in her basket is pretty much how our dogs are! What a lovely day you had in so much wonderful countryside.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

All the ingredients for a perfect Christmas ! The inclusion of TWO Christmas puddings was pure genius ....

June said...

Your antiquey looking ornaments are lovely, as are the views! I'm well into online searching about Bury Castle. Thank you!

the veg artist said...

Looks pretty good to me! We managed a walk by the sea on Tuesday - it was "bracing"!

Val + the Girls- BK +CK said...

Brilliant photos...:0)

elizabethm said...

Well that sounds just perfect. Glad you had a good time. You were brave to make your move you know. Lots of people think about it but not many do it (as one who did it too, not bravely but blindly). So very glad for you that it is all working out, slate floors and all.

annie hoff said...

We were given a Weather Station for Christmas (as if just looking out of the window wasn't enough!) But I can see Flossie's ears would do just as good a job at predicting wind direction!

Noelle said...

Rachel, the year is coming to an end but here are hearty wishes you will delight your readers with witty comments and heart warming photos of your little family in 2012!
Your move to Somerset was a challenge but worth every effort, no?
Oh Flossie, your windsock capabilities are priceless!
Hugs to all from the Pacific NW coast!
Happy New Year!!

flwrjane said...

What a lovely life you lead.

And what a beautiful Christmas.

Thanks for making us a part.

Great walk and I didn't feel a bit of wind.

Saw it though.

Happy New Year.

xo Jane

Debs said...

Umm....don't you need to get a bigger dog bed??!!
Bless her!
Glad you had a nice relaxing, laid back Christmas.
I enjoyed mine too, though not quite as relaxed as yours.

Gwen Buchanan said...

So very, very beautiful! Lovely Christmas indeed!
May your New year be just as good.

Preseli Mags said...

What a lovely first Christmas in Somerset. I love the ears too - wonderful!

Frances said...

That first tree pic looks as if it will be a bluebell wood in the spring!
Happy New Year to you and LS and all the furry family. X

Arthur Ransome said...

I'm sure both puddings were well deserved. Love those ears!

judy in ky said...

I am a big fan of un-timetabled events, especially holidays, which need to be savored. I had a nice smile over Flossie's ears. Lovely photos; I'm happy you had such an enjoyable Christmas. (I did feel a little sorry for Millie.)

Toffeeapple said...

Lovely images, so good to know that you all had a good time.

Happy New Year!

lizzie said...

Love the windsock pics. Looks to me like your new camera and you are getting along fine! Even in the mizzle it looks lovely and hope the new year is kind and gentle to you and yours ♥

Dan said...

Sounds like a perfect Christmas. Love the 'windsock'. Best wishes for 2012.
Dan
-x-

Planet Penny said...

I love the area around Porlock, lots of memories, and I always have a snigger when I see the melted dog oozing out of her bed! Happy New Year! xxx

Marcheline said...

Gosh... what amazing photos. Can't choose my favorite between the ancient green ornament and the windsock ears!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful world you live in, just spectacular! Happy New Year to you and yours!

rogern said...

her ears are hilarious! that really made me smile the night before i have to go back to work (no mean feat!)

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