Christmas countdown - week one.
And so December is here and it's ok for a few twinkly lights to start appearing around the house!
I spent a happy half hour fashioning this star from a few spare twigs I found at the back of the shed and then winding ivy and lights around it.
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And December, of course, also means baking and more specifically baking the Christmas cake.
After last year's success with this recipe for a chocolate Christmas cake and following a request from younger dear daughter, I have made the same cake again.
Fear not, it is still the rich, fruity, boozy cake beloved by so many, but with the addition of some luscious melted dark chocolate.
Here it is in its naked state straight from the oven, ready, when cooled, to be tucked into a tin and anointed with brandy at regular intervals over the next few weeks.
Are your festive preparations under way yet?
Some people have had snow I hear, but not us - unless a few brief flakes over the space of 5 minutes counts!
Wishing you a good week ahead.