You know what?
We shot no video.
We took no photographs.
Christmas this year was absolutely bloody marvellous.
Nora's first proper "Father Christmas" Christmas meant that she was filled with slightly confused awe at the stocking at the end of her bed, filled with all manner of funny musical instruments (a swanee whistle; a really crap kazoo, a rain maker.. etc); little rubbery animals that stick their tongues out if you sqeeze them and a really superb duck call.
All of which nearly overshadowed her obvious elation at the mini scooter, complete with two solid, stabilising wheels on the front.
Sad to say the poor love got "slightly grown out of it" croup at 11pm, and so her desire to go out for a walk with the scooter on the common has been reduced to a quick 5 minutes in the back garden whilst she gets over the first few days of a right stinker of a cold.
Meanwhile, at last, I was given, by my beloved husband, the entire output of the "Laurel and Hardy" Hal Roach studios films. There are a few missing - ie: the ones where they were loaned out to other studios (the real shame of it is "Fra Diavolo", which is a bizarre thing based on a minor Italian opera, but which features 'The Boys' doing some real gems of scenes - the drunk scene is fantastic; also missing are things like Atoll K - altough I can live without the mournful sight of the boys struggling with old age) but I am oh! So looking forward to very, very gently introducing nora to them (I'm wondering whether to show her "Brats" first or something). Just as McK has her brainwashed in to wantin to go in to space at the age of 3, I am determined that she will carry on the Hurley tradition of loving the greatest screen comic duo of all time - to the point where they feel like family.
I know, i know... you don't have to tell me that in another three years their entire oevre plus every piece of film ever printed with them on it will be available to view any time but... I can't explain it. I just needed that set. Something about having them solidly, in your hand. Available not as an on demand download, but as a sacred object.
Oh and in other news, James is trying to stand up on his own. He passed nine months yesterday! If he isn't walking pretty soon I'll be amazed.
John news - more scans on Thursday; decisions nest Tuesday.