One of my resolutions for New Year, though I know we are not there yet, is to make more time for my blog. I have posted much less this year as I seem to have spent most of my time charging around from pillar to post and back again. I am not complaining as this extra activity is nearly all to do with family and, in particular, my grandchildren but I have not been very organised with my time. So I am going to work on that.
In the meantime my usual catch up with you all. Kathryn arrived last Friday amid panic that the crashing of the air controller system delayed so many flights (had visions of her being diverted to Scotland or all places north) would delay her, but she arrived safely and, because there were no flights landing she sailed through customs and baggage very quickly and Helen and I were able to shriek and hug and yell and jump up and down without too long a wait.
It is wonderful to have her here and always odd to me that within thirty seconds of her arriving it is as if I saw her yesterday and she has never been away. We stayed in Ealing overnight so that we could have a quiet sit and chat and see the girls in the morning (Florence went all shy and Beatrice looked puzzled as she has no memory of Kathryn at all) but that did not last long. A good ice breaker was a joint rendering of Let it Go in my bedroom between Florence and her aunt, bouncing on my bed all the time (not Kathryn I hasten to add).
We have had a lovely few days and my sister and bro-in-law came down and we had a good day together and at the moment of writing Kathryn is in London visiting friends. Tomorrow she goes to Ealing to meet up with Helen and Florence and they are going to see Paddington at the cinema. Then I take me hither on Friday and in the evening we are all going to Christmas at Kew which promises to be magical. Then I am back on Saturday afternoon as Helen is taking her sister out for the evening and I am going to curl up at home and watch the final of Strictly. That is ring fenced in my diary......
A whirl of activity but it is all wonderful and I am going to make the most of every moment because I know the time will fly by and I will soon be waving my darling daughter off as she flies back to Sydney.