I went to bed last night with what I call the 'mother hen feeling'. That's my way to describe the feeling of knowing that my brood, or at least some of them, are safely asleep under my roof. Also knowing that the house is tidy, what can be prepared is done and the next few days will be totally family time. Just a shame then that I didn't realise until 12.45 when I was nearly asleep that I had forgotten to hang the washing over the rayburn. Rather than leave it until today I crept downstairs, hung up the washing which dried nicely by the morning.
We had a leisurely start to the day and after breakfast I got all of my preparations for Kucios, the traditional Lithuanian Christmas Eve meal. While the tempura prawns, spring rolls and wontons are decidedly non traditional they do fit the no meat rule. I've made potato salad, beetroot and bean salad and bought smoked salmon and 5 different type of herrings to go with black bread so that's 12 dishes many plated up and waiting on trays in the spare room.
Once Vytas returned from his run we went down to Woolacombe to blow away the cobwebs along with all the other people exercising dogs and children. One group were playing a ball game dressed in Christmas onesies and Santa hats.
After a bracing walk we retired to a bench on the top of the cliffs to enjoy coffee and home made biscuits while watching the wild waves.
Then down to Barricane beach to skip stones. The tide was coming in and I got hit by the waves a few times and ended up with wet leggings despite my wellies. Great fun!