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Tuesday, 5 January 2016


I forgot to include this lovely set in my pre Christmas posts.
When I was a little girl the Christmas decorations went up during the week before Christmas and stayed up until twelfth night.  These days I rely on Jack to help me in putting the decorations up so they were a bit early (17th December) but that was later than most people decorate their houses.
Wise men and a camel

Most people took their decorations down sometime around 1st January but in this house they stay until twelfth night, 5th January.  Just one nativity set remains, but the shepherds have been replaced by the wise men.

Sheep and shepherds back in the fields
Today I have been enjoying another post Christmas joy, the joy of an all-too-rare meeting with someone of whom I said "I haven't seen her in ages" when I wrote her Christmas card.  We met up and had a lovely leisurely light lunch.

When I was in the Girl Guides, many years ago, I learnt a song

Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other gold.

The wise men brought gold: today I have enjoyed the gold of old friendship.



  1. How lovely to meet up with an old friend, and what a good saying. We always take our decorations down before we go back to work, it doesn't feel like Xmas once we are back.

  2. What a wonderful thing meeting up with an old friend!

  3. So nice to meet up with old friends.

  4. Neat song! and very true. I'm glad you were able to enjoy some brilliant gold today.