One of our Christmas family traditions is to gather some holly and ivy and other greenery to decorate our home on the weekend before Christmas. We set out in the car to find a local woodland but with hindsight it might have been better to look at the map first rather than trust our memories from over 20 years ago!
The West Dorset countryside landscape is very rolling and full of secret little villages huddled amongst the hills, along winding lanes, some or which we travelled along more than once! In the end we gave up on our search for woods and went for a walk in the countryside instead!
The church bells were ringing very loudly for morning service, and the local cows were curious to meet a young puppy! Tavi was unconcerned by both of these new experiences but was very frightened when he heard a cock crowing!
We passed pretty little stone cottages with thatched roofs, many with Christmas trees lit up in the little windows and beautiful wreaths hanging on the doors.
This reminded me of the cottage featured in the Christmas film" Holiday". The only difference was the cottage below was just a realistic fibreglass set, rather than the real thing.
Our son will be coming home for Christmas, so we will be enjoying our first family Christmas in our new home with the four of us and the animals too. On Christmas Day is one of our traditions that we will still be following.
Finally just to say wishing you and your families