Each year, the days after Christmas seem almost suspended in time. There’s little to do on the farm apart from pigeon scaring and life slows down after the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle. Meals become moveable feasts assembled from leftovers and we take long walks around the farm on frosty mornings or in bright winter sunshine.
But after the languor of the Christmas break, life is returning to a more normal routine, albeit at a slower pace so far. The Christmas Tree Barn has been cleared out, the unsold Christmas decorations from the Barley Barn have been packed away and today Stilton & Celery Soup used all that remains of Christmas and New Year food apart from the Christmas cake that seems to go on forever. I’ve taken down some of the decorations so we can recycle the greenery as fire starters because the only newspaper we have to light the fire are fish shaped pieces left over from a New Year’s Eve game of Flip the Kipper and by the end of the weekend I expect all signs of Christmas festivities will be gone.
I like the New Year. New calendars and blank diaries; the promise of days to come; fresh starts and all that. There’s things to do and plans to make. If I was a list maker, I’d be sharpening my pencil and writing a new one now. What about you? Do you look back at the past year or are you leaping into the next one?