Jenna and her family arrived. I picked them up at the airport. They are staying until 1st January. Matthew looked great!
At 11.00pm, I went to church for midnight mass. The church car park is about 200m along an unlit, narrow lane. While driving up the lane, a horse stuck its head out from the field alongside the lane into the path of my car and I was unable to avoid hitting it - although the collision was at low speed. The horse ran off into the darkness of the field. I got home about 1.00am and relayed my story to Marie and Jenna. What was their reaction? Was the horse hurt? Why didn't I find the horse to see if it was ok? Obviously I am a really bad person - I should have run around the muddy field to locate a horse which probably wasn't really looking for human company, and then I should have cornered it to examine its mouth for injuries...all of this in the pitch black!! No one asked me how the collision had affected me. Oh well.
Julie and Drew called around about 9.00pm! This was a major achievement for Drew, especially as our house was bursting at the seams with family members. Family members began to leave or went to bed leaving Julie and Drew, Marie, Colin and me to have a much quieter and very enjoyable time with good craic and fine wine.
All in all a mixed Christmas season, but I feel the the good points significantly outweighed the not-so-good ones. However, I hope that next year we'll have less incidents to cope with!
Btw - The picture at the top is of my wrecked TV!