I have always loved those days between Christmas Day and New Year. These quiet days of eating leftovers, tidying up and reflecting are as much Christmas to me as feasting and singing carols. The tree and decorations are still up and the candles still burn softly. This Christmas has been a real homemade one here at Hazel Cottage, we have made our own Christmas pudding, mincemeat and mince pies, and Christmas Cake, with homemade marzipan and royal icing. Our pickles and preserves made with the glut of Summer and Autumn are now coming into their own; the pickled onions, quince jelly, chutney, pickled beetroot and damson jam all graced the Christmas table.
|Our Christmas table|
Although we are still in the dark days of winter, it is now that we start planning for the year ahead, what vegetables, herbs and flowers to plant, what things we want to buy for our home when the car boot sales and the markets begin again.