Sunday, 23 December 2007
I know Christmas is nearly here now - because we made our annual trip to the teddy bear train at Audley End. We picked a really cold and frosty day, just perfect; the steam hung in the air and as we rode through the woods everything seemed very magical (and nearly made us able to forget how cold the seats were).
Eventually we reached Father Christmas' forest hiding place where the man himself was waiting with Rudolph to hand out Gummy Bears and teddies to all the children. I love this train. It is old and rickety and a bit grubby but the children don't see any of that, and it is a real treat to be able to share that with them.
So, the presents are wrapped, the cake is iced, the tree is decorated, the spare room is made up; now there are socks to be knitted and wine to be drunk, and my inner five year old is going to find it hard to get to sleep tomorrow. Wishing you all the happiest of Christmases, and I'll see you when it's all done!