It's incredibly mild weather, cloudy today but not very cold at all, and hardly any wind. We went to Dunster beach this morning, arriving about 09.15, there was hardly anyone there, as I expected. I wore my new wool winter coat, thinking that there might be a cold breeze coming off the Bristol channel, but there wasn't and I was too warm. At least I know the coat will keep me lovely and warm when it does get really cold. Betty enjoyed herself immensely, as always, she does make me laugh when she digs a hole in the sand, throws herself down into it and rolls around joyfully on her back.
I didn't take my walking stick, didn't feel like I needed it. And I didn't, my back, hips and legs felt absolutely fine and I didn't lose my balance once. I was glad to get back in the car though after we'd been walking for about an hour, my hips were beginning to feel the strain by that time and my walking was getting slower and slower.
Still not feeling at all Christmassy. The family situation seems to have settled down a bit, but I'm sure it will get worse again, not that there's anything we can do about that. It's just a case of managing each situation as it arises, as best we can.
Having noticed the other day that some of my Spring bulbs are coming up, on the way back from Dunster this morning we saw a couple of trees with blossom on them, shows how mild it is. We need to do something about our front lawn next year, it's in a terrible state, it's more weeds than grass. Might consider putting artificial grass down like we have in the caravan garden.....as we'll be spending a lot of time at the van again next year, artificial grass won't need much maintenance.
I've given in to husband's crestfallen face when he asks hopefully if there's any cake or mince pies or cheesy biscuits (there are all of the above but in the freezer). So this afternoon I've made a small batch of shortbread and some cheese puffs (recipe off Skint Dad's website). I'm sure husband will eat most of them (not all of them today!), so I don't have to 😉
My back is aching again now, after the hour's walking and then standing in the kitchen this afternoon, but at least it's just an ache and not a pain.