Starting early

I’ve purchased the first of the Christmas presents — quite possibly the earliest that I’ve ever undertaken the annual gift-buying frenzy.

Maybe it’s because I’ve had half-an eye on Christmas for a few months now.

My walk to and from work takes me past Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens — one of my favourite places in the city. Since the conifers started casting their pine cones I’ve been keeping watch for nice specimens that have fallen over the fence onto the roadside and gathered them up. There is some gold spray paint and red ribbon set aside to make some festive decorations with them.

The only downside of starting my shopping so early is that I now have to wait several weeks before I can get my hands on my daughter’s toys.

One thing that I definitely don’t have sorted for December yet is a final personal challenge.

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