A new baby in the family is a wonderful thing.
Tiny girlie is already 5 weeks old and a source of huge joy.
As new grandparents, she makes us feel at once younger and yet older.
Younger, because she reminds us so vividly of when our two girls were babies, which sometimes seems but a moment ago and older, because I think of the life that lies ahead of her, the things she will see and do when I am long gone!
Today is the 1st December and Christmas will soon be here.
The Christmas cake has been made; some presents bought.
But there is still lots to do.
Still time,though, for a misty morning walk to enjoy the beautiful late autumn colours.
And time too, to make some mini sponge cakes, flavoured with the zest of that most Christmassy of fruit - clementines - and sandwiched with cinnamon pumpkin butter .
Happy Monday to you all and I hope your Christmas preparations are going well.