|So many presents|
On Christmas Eve we all went to the Crib Service at the town church and stockings were laid out for Father Christmas, as he was tracked over the sky, and I cooked the supper for everyone; children earlier and adults later.
Christmas Day went by in a blur of church in the morning, food, drink, presents, more food and drink and finally an excellent board game called Logo which was huge fun to play and even the children took part.
On Boxing Day YS and family were leaving to go and spend time with his mother in law and I went into town with ES to see the Ashford Valley Hunt ride down the High Street. You may or may not approve of hunting with dogs, but it is a spectacular sight. They rode into town and stopped at one of the pubs where the hounds were taken away to keep them quiet and the riders had a 'dram'.
Then off down the High Street at great speed -
|One of the huntsmen|
|A small pack of Basset Hounds who were loving it.|
After lunch we went out for a walk around Appledore which is a really delightful town with some lovely old houses. We walked beside the Royal Military Canal -
and the children enjoyed themselves getting wet and muddy.
|Inspecting the mile post - 13 miles to Hythe|
|A new vineyard on the left|
and then back over the fields to Appledore, as the sun was beginning to set behind the houses on the skyline.
I have to say at this point that I had caused consternation when I fell off climbing a stile and landed in the mud. I have never done this before but it was very muddy and slippery; I much prefer the more friendly kissing gate where we all kissed each other as we passed through and which the children love and can manage on their own.
So Boxing Day came to an end, with slightly less food and drink and a resolution by me to try and reduce my waistline!!