It was that time of year again when the Christmas decorations had to come down and be packed away for another year. It is always with mixed feelings that I carry out this task as I enjoy having the house decorated, but am always be pleased to have a little more room and a less cluttered look.
I was reluctant to throw this lovely Christmas bunch of flowers out, as they were still looking quite reasonable. I bought them from Tesco just before Christmas as a treat for myself. I very rarely buy flowers, but at £10 I thought they were exceptional value and very attractive. I decided to keep the sea holly going for a while longer, the pine cones on sticks have been dried and put away until next Christmas, when I will hopefully use them again and the berries I have put outside for the birds to eat. The remainder of the greenery has gone in the garden waste bin to be collected and composted by the council.
It always takes me a while to get used to the bareness of the living room once the decorations have come down. Fortunately, due to the fact that I did a thorough clean before our guests came for Christmas and due to the fact we were away for much of the New Year period, I didn't need to do too deep a clean. A quick once over with the hoover and a duster was enough.
Christmas bags and boxes now refilled, the house feels a lot less cluttered. I now feel ready to face 2014. First stop tax return. See you in a couple of weeks. (Only joking!) I may, however, not be blogging quite as frequently for the next week or so until it has been completed.