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All is calm

It’s Christmas morning here, and it’s been raining all night and has now settled into a light, continuous drizzle. I’m enjoying it — it’s so quiet and peaceful and to be honest, it’s a lovely change from the roasting hot Christmases we sometimes get.

But my Milly-dog is not impressed. She’s not a big fan of rain. She’s glooming on the rug, watching out the window, waiting for the rain to stop so she can go outside and protect me from birds and cats.

It’s unusually quiet. Not only is there very little traffic, most of my neighbors have already gone away for the holidays. It’s pretty standard here for people to get 4 weeks holiday with pay, and a lot of people take them at Christmas. The school and university holidays are even longer. And it being summer,  a lot of people head for the beach.

Most of my childhood Christmases were spent at the beach, firstly staying in a caravan with a canvas annexe, and later in our small beach house. This photo of a little girl making a driftwood Christmas tree is very much how I remember things. (I found the photo years ago, and have no idea where I got it from, so I can’t give you the source, sorry. )

I used to spend almost every day at the beach, getting up at dawn and racing to see what the sea had washed up. I used to collect shells and driftwood and other pretty things— I still do. I think I’m a born beachcomber. And apart from coming back to the van for meals, I pretty much stayed at the beach all day until I went to bed.

Happy memories.
I hope you can make some happy memories this Christmas.

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Annette N
Annette N
5 months ago

Ms Gracie, I simply want to say thank you for all you do for me. Smiles are not always easy to come by. I hope that your 2024 is filled with joy and peace and of course lots of love.