Yesterday morning we went to a little communion service at church, it was short, very small, very cold and frankly very dull. Afterwards we went to buy a ticket for a concert at the Grammar school which Ian is going to go to tonight. Then we went to Birkenhead to buy yet more Christmas cards this time for the people we know here in the UK. I wrote about twenty more cards during the afternoon, not that there's a big rush for those yet. We also received our first Christmas cards yesterday, and as usual it was lovely to read news of what friends we haven't seen for a while are getting up to. These came from Belgium, New Zealand and Mongolia, so it was a really international bunch of cards. I got out the first Christmas things today, just a couple of Christmas ornaments, an advent candle and an advent calendar. Not much, but it's a start and it makes Christmas seem much closer some how. Today I've made a lasagne ready for a pot luck meal that I'm going to tonight at Margaret's house with the people who were involved with the dramas during Merseyfest. Outside it is windy and dull, pretty uninspiring really but I should go and put some nuts ou for the birds because the bird feeder is empty. Then I need to sort some laundry and... isn't my life exciting! Meanwhile in NZ David will have had his last NCEA exam today and in three weeks he will be here with us, so that is something to look forward too, the time here has flown by so fast, we have already been in the UK for five months, though it's hard to believe really.