I pottered out into the foggy garden this morning, our late Autumn greenhouse is looking so empty and bare. It needs to be swept and cleaned before Winter arrives. There were spider webs dotted around the garden, clinging onto fences and branches, glistening with dew drops, decorating these fall days.
This week I have carried on preparing for December, still with that slight feeling of panic about the festive time, even though I do really try to hold that in check. Even with the notion of simplicity at Christmas, there still seems to be so much to do, so many expectations shrouded around the Winter holidays. There are certainly some busy days ahead.
I bought our Advent candle yesterday when I took little L to East Farm Christmas while Miss K was in school. I wanted to get some photos of the 'real' nativity animals and the sweet little Church nestled near by to share with you, but I decided to hold off until we visit again in December.
After a stressful shopping trip into town last Saturday morning, where it was so busy that I came home empty handed, on-line shopping is now my saviour for getting the presents for the girls. I really should have remembered this from last year. I was looking for HABA wooden pretend play food and I chose Little Imps as it has free UK delivery. I bought Little L Gummy Bears, some Pasta in a Bag and some yogurt and jam to sit on the shelves of her play kitchen. Father Christmas is also bringing Miss K this delightful sticker book (they keep her busy for hours).
I am hoping that when choosing the few presents for my little ones is done, I can gather together with my family and really enjoy the start of Advent and focus on celebrating this beautiful time of year as we step into December.