Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

On Christmas Day


Wishing you a very happy Christmas, wherever in the world you may be.

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It’s taken me a while to get to the PC to write a post, its not been a regular sort of Christmas day. My mum hasn’t felt up to coming up for the day, so I cooked her a dinner and we took it round.

Actually it’s probably been as well we haven’t had a houseful, the house has been in chaos,  it certainly looks nothing like those glossy magazine images of the ‘perfect Christmas’: in the kitchen Tom is building a mountain bike out of his new bike frame, with help from Mr Uhdd who is nursing a bad back . To get the Turkey in the oven I had to move cans of defrosting woodworm killer that Mr Uhdd wanted to use in the loft space yesterday but were frozen solid (wrestling with insulating mineral wool in the loft is how he got the bad back) and to get to the PC you have to crawl commando style round the back of the sofa so as not to interfere with Joe’s Xbox Kinect game. (I’m liking what I see, of the Kinect, instead of ‘gaming’ from a position of slumped on the sofa there is much physical activity and laughter. Yay!)

We shall eat later, everything is either cooked or prepared, so the hard work is done.  I’m ready to relax a bit now.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “On Christmas Day

  1. Thanks, and to you too! Enjoy your dinner and relaxing evening. xx

  2. Thanks – have a great one yourself.

    From another one who’s thinking the Kinect is actually looking like quite good fun! My girls got one too, and I’ve had a little go already…

    • We may have to move house, the ceiling is not high enough!

      • Little tip; Red wine, shiny floors, fuzzy socks and a new Kinect may lead to bruised bottoms. Trust me on this. Ouchy.

      • Oh dear, I imagine A+E has seen a surge in bruised bottoms since Christmas morning.
        You have my sympathy, having once stood on Joe’s toy fire engine, resulting in my feet shooting straight out from under me, I did a ‘Tom and Jerry’ style crash on to a quarry tiled floor, I can appreciate just how much a bruised bottom can hurt (luckily, I was carrying a cold pan of water to the stove at the time and not a hot one away from it, I ended up very wet as well as bruised.)

  3. sounds like the perfect Christmas to me. All kitchens should have half a bike in them.

    Happy Christmas anyway

  4. See, this is why I need grandchildren. I am completely out of touch with the world of toys. I might, however, have half a bike in the kitchen. It’s so hard to tell . . . but definitely no woodworm killer, I’d remember that for sure.

    Wishing you a lovely holiday, and sending along a good thought for your mother.

  5. It sounds a lovely Christmas to me! Family all being together, enjoying themselves and each other. Unlike mine, but that’s another story! Hoping Mum feels better & up to eating soon, and the best of this magical season to you & yours!

  6. I love chaotic households as there is always much laughter in them.

    Glossy ones – oh my goodness – I do not want to put a foot in them ever.

    Wishing your Mum feels better soon and you all have a Healthy 2011 and that includes Spud.

  7. On the Fifth Day of Xmas McTurlock gave to me:
    5 loads through the dishwasher,
    4 for xmas dinner (me, mom, dad and best friend since middle school — my first time cooking Xmas dinner!),
    3 kitties very put out by a week-long house cleaning marathon,
    2 in Blighty (my Bro and SIL Xmased in London this year — of all years to pick!)
    and. . um. . a parsnip in a pear tree?. . . no, my first time making a Jello (gelatin) cranberry mousse — but definitely not my last!
    Hope Mr. Uhdd’s back recovers soon, and your mum feels better quickly.

  8. Hope you had a very merry Christmas too! Thank you for posting the beautiful photo — it’s a Christmas present in itself.

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