Sunday, December 24, 2006

Santa Special

Yesterday we headed off to the Watercress Line for the Santa Special. Edward loves trains (as does Paul!) so this was our Christmas steam train treat. As ever, the trains were fabulous beasts, with smells and sounds evocative of the past:

On the train, we were visited by a certain gentleman from Lapland:

who gave all the children a small present and reminded them to be asleep tonight so that he can visit! Ellen doesn't really believe in Father Christmas any more, but Edward and Lily still hover on the brink of believing in him and they really enjoyed seeing him.

The Watercress Line is in Hampshire and so I had some good knitting time in the car and managed to rustle up this hat (from Louisa Harding's book Hats, Scarves and Gloves) for my neighbour (I thought she would appreciate a new hat for dog-walking!) in the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted I bought last week:

And when we got home I headed to the kitchen to make these apple tarts as we are headed off to my sister's today for a festive meal and the first round of gift-giving:

Happy Christmas everyone!


Blogger HPNY Knits said...

my son loved to see Santa on the train!! :-)
hat in LL must be ever so soft! it looks very good for dog walking or just long walks in the morning chill.
merry Xmas!

11:36 AM  
Anonymous carol said...

A very merry christmas to you too Ingrid.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

What lovely childhood memories your children are going to have! All the Christmassy things, and the cooking and the creativity. Lucky children. All the best to you and yours for 2007.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous dawn said...

hmmm that man from Lapland looks a little worse for wear I think!
Hope Christmas went well, and the children had a great time. Enjoy it while they're young!

1:00 AM  

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