This morning, after breakfast, we started to take the boys Christmas Trees apart and wrapped up all their baubles, tinsel and lights. After that we thought we might as well clear the rest of the house of Christmas decorations. This years tree has shed so many needles it is not a nice sight. Once all the tree decorations had been removed and lovingly wrapped for next year, Huffle got his tree loppers out (Christmas present) and chopped up the tree bit by bit. Normally we would leave it on the porch for a couple of weeks but this one was so wide we couldn't get it through the door without breaking it. The mess it made was unbelievable.
All the boxes were stored in the newly organised basement and then Huffle walked down to the fire pit many many times and deposited the bits of tree. Poor tree. I think we made the mistake of chopping it down in too cold weather and then bringing it in to a too warm house. We still have the outside decorations to do but that's it for Christmas inside, apart from all the goodies to eat.
The floors were swept and mopped and then it was lunchtime so we stopped and ate and then got all of our snow clothes on and went sledging at our local farm/golf course.
The boys zoomed off without a care in the world. I looked at the icy slopes and knew there was no way I was going down there. Moo said she would only go down there with Huffle. It was a blowy cold icy wind at the top of the slope and people were flying off their sledges all over the place. I decided I wanted to go on the other side of the slope where no one else was.
A gentler slope with a better covering of snow. I was much happier and soon everyone else joined me. We were actually in the sunshine and were slightly sheltered from the wind. We had a lot of fun and only stopped for drinks and chocolate up by the farm shop.
We sledged for about three hours. Smallest got the award for fastest, bravest, most extreme sledging. Moo got the award for longest run. Huffle got the backwards award (not for being special just the best backwards sledger). Small got the award for most jumps. I got an award for finding the nice 'Beatrix Potter' slopes. Hurrah!
It was a lovely afternoon. We weren't sure whether we were sledging today or snowboarding so we packed the car with everything and checked on the sledging first. Huffle chose correctly we think.
We had lots of bumps and bruises and were throroughly worn out by the end of the afternoon and it was starting to get a bit colder. The views were amazing and the sky was gorgeous.
We came home, all got warm and had showers and then we made pizza which we ate in front of the start of a film. Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters - the boys went to bed and we played cards, drank wine and ate lovely things.
HAPPY NEW YEAR