Thursday, December 29, 2016

Comings and goings...

So Christmas came and went, very pleasantly. Daughter 2 arrived first and decorated the Christmas cake.

Then my brother, his wife and offspring arrived from down south, and Son-in-Law 2 and Son, Daughter-in-Law and their baby also joined us from up north. Daughter 1, Son-in-Law 1 and their children were also here most of the time, though not sleeping in our house (fortunately, since the house was by then slightly full)

- like this -

and generally speaking, there was a lot going on but it was lovely.

Then Son and DIL and baby went away,

the rest of us went out for various walks

(Granddaughter the Elder had by this time decided that it was TOO WINDY (though in fact it wasn't - she DOESN'T LIKE THE WIND, which is unfortunate since she lives in Edinburgh, which is quite a windy place) - and had returned to the car with her father.)

and Grandson found a Big Waterfall.

Today, Daughter 2 and I went round to Daughter 1's to play with the children while their parents got ready to visit Son-in-Law's family in Worcester; and then they went; and tomorrow, alas alack, Daughter 2 departs back down to London. And then it'll be just us and my brother and his wife. They're staying till the 2nd. And then there will be us two... .

Still. It's been nice.


  1. Anonymous6:11 pm

    It seems like the right way to spend the season Pam, I hope you are all rested.

  2. What lovely photos of a treasured holiday time together!

  3. Happy New Year to you!
    A full house is really only fun for a short while. Always nice to see your family enjoying themselves.

  4. That all sounds like bustling good fun. We have fewer people to permutate but have had a jolly time only slightly marred by difficult journeys. Mainly involving planes, fog and huge delays. Happy New Year Pam!

  5. It always seems a shame these occasions can't go slightly more slowly, perhaps in slow-motion - so I don't feel Im in the middle of a whirlwind, and then it's all too quiet after they're gone. Happy New Year to you. I loved the photo of granddaughter enjoying a story. She is a dear child, isn't she.

  6. I don't miss hectic, much-peopled family Christmases like we had when I was young, and yet I do remember the flat sad feeling after everyone had left. Your family look lovely as always.

  7. Oh, and happy New Year!

  8. It looks like a perfect holiday -- surrounded by loved ones! DD2 always does such a beautiful job with the cakes -- SO pretty! And I love the picture of her reading to Granddaughter the Elder!