The last couple of weeks in Dorset see us completing our Christmas shopping, thanks to the Internet, writing our cards and assembling a cargo destined for France. Fortuitously December 1st occurs on Saturday enabling us to drive to Oxford to hand deliver advent gifts to the Cholseys. Three cheers for Playmobil and Lego who produce worthwhile advent calendars which enable the children to open a window each day and assemble a themed montage leading up to Christmas eve. Ted has already received his, and Lola’s and Ruby’s advent packages travelled back to Hackney with them when they returned home after their long weekend in WK. It remains to drop off a few gifts locally, to buy some last minute provisions for France, and prepare ourselves and the house for the off.