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Both barns are ready for Christmas! Unfortunately that is more than can be said for the owners who as usual are weeks behind with the cards and the presents.

Glossing over that I’d like to start by just reminding anyone that Christmas is taking by surprise that 2012 follows shortly after and that is when the 2012 prices kick in (at the first chord of Auld Lang Syne!). We always get an enormous number of bookings in early January, when the post-festivities reality and depression hits in and everyone needs something lovely over the horizon to look forward to, to cheer them up. We’d rather our ‘old faithfuls’ like all of you a) got in first with the dates you might want, and b) that you benefit by the returning guests’ double bonus – 2011 prices and 5% off so you end up paying less than you might have paid this year for the same holiday. Hope too many accountants aren’t reading this…

Onto possibly more mundane but possibly more pressing subjects, like the weather. Will it (really) snow for Christmas? We had light snow this morning but nothing to stop the traffic so to speak. So far, for this winter unlike the last two, the weather has been wintery but OK, although people travelling tomorrow need to keep an eye on the situation, or so we gather. It feels very still and calm tonight I must say and we’re all pretty cosy and snug indoors; it was dark before 4pm this evening but of course very very soon the days start to lengthen which is a lovely thought.

Finally, John has already received his Christmas and birthday (November 27th) presents for this year from the entire immediate family and is busy now trying to get to grips with a new camera and lens. He has got such good results from his now old one (which he will of course still use as well) apparently against all odds given the limitation of the equipment, especially significant when he was taking for example, swallows swooping over the water. We all did a lot of research into what might be best for John’s needs within our budget, including our nephew Tim Cragg who knows a thing or two about cameras but of course ultimately it had to be John’s personal choice.

In making this final and very big decision we were just so lucky to have the great fortune to have two charming and very talented photographers staying next door in Douglas’s Barn! They very generously shared a few hours with us over a bottle of wine, showing John their cameras and various lenses and by the end John felt confident to come to a final decision.

However, the photos here are from the old camera. Hopefully soon you will be noticing even sharper, better pictures, and when next summer comes some fast flying swallows and other fast moving creatures

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