No, I haven't taken to wearing woolly headgear indoors – I'm modelling the hat I've just finished knitting using the last two balls of that cunningly clever sock wool from Denmark. Just right for the cold weeks to come.
You can't quite see the ipod wires, but I've been enjoying listening to half my Christmas present from Cliff – Jool's Holland's latest CD. Which turned out to be two for the price of one – hurrah twice as much happy listening! The other half of my present was Val Warner's book What to eat now. I'm not a fan of celeb cookbooks, but I rather took to his TV series and he seems like my kind of cook. I like the style of the book (though it might not be to everyone's taste), instead of neat organised step by step instructions the recipes are written in a chatty narrative style which is amusing to read and is full of useful cooking tips. It's like learning from a bouncy enthusiastic friend who's dropped round with some ingredients picked up from the farm shop and wants to show you how to cook something delicious using them.
Hope you all saw the New Year in in style and/or were safely tucked up in the warm. We toasted 2009 with champagne after a retro Murder Mystery Party set in 1967 – which turned out to be the perfect antidote to the drama of Christmas week and it's aftermath back in the village.
Happy New Year everyone!