Tuesday, December 10
It was lovely to see the girls happy and laughing after they had fetched and boiled water this morning. They had decided to collect fir cones and greenery to make garlands to decorate the old beams in the house and for a wreath for the front door. Anna says her mother always uses natural materials, so I can see this is making her feel more cheerful.
They came back indoors from the cold, breathless and rosy, with lots of cones from the grounds. After Christmas they can be used to stoke the fires, so the labour won’t be wasted. Anna asked if she could use an old tin of white emulsion from under the stairs to give the cones a snowy coating once they are strung together.
And while she was busy, Jane told me that she wants to help Anna make a dress for her wedding. I suppose Anna was too shy to ask, but I’ve told Jane we shall all help her if she wants us to and that she can use anything she feels will be suitable. We are fortunately a family of hoarders and there are old clothes galore in the wardrobes and lace curtains and remnants of fabric in cupboards and trunks upstairs.
Seeing them busy and happy is helping me to put aside the horrible thoughts I keep having about raiders on the road. I hope they were racing back to London as they were both going in that direction.
The hens only gave us two eggs today, but then the days are so short now.