What a whirl-wind these last two months have been.
The preparation for the Christmas period this year has been full-on, and I've loved every minute of it.
In the past, this time of year has always seemed to be fraught with last minute panic and running out of time.
I don't think this year has been all that different but my method of coping seems to have been better.
Whether that is something that comes with time (or indeed age) and experience, I don't know.
Or perhaps just learning to enjoy the moment for what it is,
instead of worrying about the expectations we build ourselves up to.
Our Christmas cake has been well and truly tucked into, and final batch of mince pies are cooling on the rack
(my last baking fix of 2013).
I think I need to abstain from eating in January.
My tummy cannot face any more food.
I baked quite a few fruit cakes this year, and had great fun decorating them.
The cakes that were made as gifts were given a cheeky Santa face,
a mixture of fondant and royal icing.
and then wrapped up ready for delivery.
We are sitting quietly at home this evening, waiting to see in the
Cheese and wine just about to be set upon.
So I shall wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year,
and I'll look forward to seeing you in 2014.
I hope it's a good year for you.