We had a freezing walk along the beach at Redcar, which is where they filmed the Dunkirk scenes for the film Atonement. The winter sun was low in the sky and the wind was fierce. The dog loved it.
We went by his Mam's house where I photographed some of her treasures in situ before they go off to new homes.
There were lots of family get-togethers which went on late into the night. The last session involved an impromptu singalong. The only rule was that each song had to be connected to the last either by a word in the title or the band name. An undeniable highlight was his sister-in-law's rendition of Paradise by the Dashboard light. I WANNA KNOW RIGHT NOW! whilst prodding her husband wherever she could find a soft spot. Punch and Judy meets American rock. Definitive.
So now we are back, slightly shattered. The man of the house got the tree down from the loft this afternoon and this has all started.
I tried a CD I found at my Mum's; Rosemary Clooney does Christmas songs.
Dodge City. There's no room at the Inn for that one. Go straight to the Charity Shop, do not pass Go.