slice of a someone else’s Wednesday



Lovely folk, it's so lovely to see you this Wednesday before Christmas. 

I have no slice, I'm afraid. Next week. Here's hoping. 

For someone who is usually TOTALLY Christmassy, I'll admit up front I'm really struggling this year. 

I have had a wonderful number of Bikkie orders every day since the big Christmas market on Saturday (at which we completely sold out), and all will be finished and delivered by tomorrow. Overwhelming though. I was perhaps a little underprepared. I've scheduled time to think about Christmas gifts tomorrow. 

No I haven't finished my Christmas shopping. I have an inspired list of Plan A handmade and economical gifts which is about to be replaced wholesale with Plan B. Very sadly. 

I'm overwhelmed with dates and plans and arrangements and Things That Have To Be Done and I'm looking around wondering where the heck my merry making is. Where's the down time with the kids, hanging out and stringing popcorn? Someone else decorated the tree. I'm going to spend my one available day without small people at a shopping mall, a place I really hate. Now that's some bad planning. 

I've got lots of fun farm news and goings on to share but I can't even seem to get here, to this favourite place, to tell you about it. Adam and I are tag-teaming, I rush in and find the kitchen magically cleaned up, we meet for dinner before one takes over bathtime and the other gets back to work. It's all fun stuff, but perhaps there's too much of it and it's crowding out merry making. 

Sensible and thoughtful people stop and cherish these seasonal moments. 

I'm barely holding on, waiting for this season to be over. Which is dreadful. I'll do it differently next year.

Christmas is sometimes hard. In some families there's huge pressure and heightened disagreement. Sometimes it's hard to find time to make the pudding (or even just to buy it). And I think Christmas brings your year into sharp relief. You might see family that you haven't seen for ages and you provide a snapshot of where you are. Are you where you want to be? 

I adore my family and am super grateful for many years of peaceful and joyful Christmases. I'm lucky. I'm expecting to get to that wonderful, wonderful seafood lunch on Sunday (which Mum and Dad are hosting) and I'm going to have a lovely big glass of wine and cheer my gorgeous sisters, my incredibly patient parents and that steadfast man of mine who stops me mid-blur and gives me a hug, then lets me get on with it. 

I don't want to miss this. 








12 Comments on “slice of a someone else’s Wednesday

December 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Same story, different farm, different pressures, same sentiments. Life overtook me in the fast lane and left me wondering how i am going to pull Christmas together this year when every other year I bake gingerbread treats, and have gifts and stocking fillers and menus and all the little traditions all sorted by now. All I have now is a dread of Friday’s planned trip to the city to pull it all together, and a sense of despair. Urgent incessant buckets of milk and crates of apricots override barely there Christmas plans.

Heres hoping we get it together in time.

December 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

It is a crazy time of year and I am kind of looking forward to some quieter days in January. We have a 4th birthday hot on the heels of Christmas, so there is no rest… Hope you find a moment of peace to enjoy it! Wish I could have a big glass of wine too, but due to the bump, I’ll just have to settle on inhaling the delicious smell of mulled wine, or something! xK

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December 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Eek-the dreaded mall! I feel for you. Simplicity is the word around our place! Still busy, but but trying to keep it as simple as possible. Wishing you some peace in the coming days.

December 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I’m not surprised you’re so busy Fi – your life is so different to what it was this time last year when our biggies were finishing kindy ;-)… you have changed lifestyles, have a new home, new business/es and all of this takes lots of effort, I’m sure (says me, feeling run off my feet even though I have none of what you have going on!). I’d look on this period as establishing your new life and try to get a more usual xmas next year when you’ll be more settled. You sound like you’re doing an amazing job xx

December 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

It’s hard to find the balance sometimes, hope you have a rest after Christmas and enjoy some time with your family then!

December 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Big warm Christmas hugs from snowy Switzerland. I hope you find a little moment to sit and sip and ponder. Thanks for making time to share with us on your great blog despite crazy busy goings on. Always a great read.
PS New project is starting to bubble and brew in my thoughts…will be cracking onto it soon. Email coming your way early 2012.

December 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

Merry Chistmas Fions. Have a wonderful day with the family.

December 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

Merry Christmas Fiona! Sounds rough this year for you!! I’m sorry. I’ve had years like that too. But the upside is that it sounds like your business is going great!!

It’s not too late to find some quiet in chaos. I’m certain you’ll do just that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

December 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

Merry Christmas Fiona, your Christmas does sound busy, I hope everything settles on the weekend and you can enjoy your family and a bit of down time. I am going to make the lemon slice today which looks very yum!

I hope Santa is good to you this year, and congratulations on a booming business.

December 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

Merry Christmas Fiona. Thank you for sharing your world in this blog this year – i have thoroughly enjoyed your posts..& your honesty! We are farm hunting at the moment, so lots of trips out through Sydney traffic to see properties. It has been very busy, so Christmas prep has taken a bit of a back seat at our place too. Hopefully next year my family can start new traditions on our farm! Here’s to a great 2012 for all.

December 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Merry Christmas Fiona!
My plan for Christmas was to sew and knit gifts for family and baked goods for neighbors. I have been staying up til after midnight for the past two weeks to accomplish it and by tomorrow I will finally be done. The problem has been stressing about all I had to do so that there was not a lot of joy in the process. Would have liked to begin the “making” a lot earlier but this year it just wasn’t possible. Going to really cherish the whole family: sons, daughters, grands, mom and husband all gathering for candlelight service and then dinner and gift-giving back at our house!

I pray your family time will be filled with love and memory making moments this Christmas season! It’s never really about the gifts anyway, it’s about special time with family and friends. The gifts are our way to say thank you for all they mean to us.

It is wonderful your business has become so successful. Maybe it’s time to think about hiring some help? With help you could take your business to the next level.

Best Wishes for a Very Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

This is really thoughtful and beautifully written.

And sounds all too familiar.


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