Monday, 24 December 2012

TED HAS HIS OWN CHRISTMAS CARD!

This is a direct steal from Dru Marland's blog, Upside Down in Cloud, which is always worth visiting but never more than right now, because ...



TED HAS HIS VERY OWN CHRISTMAS CARD!!!  

Yes, a sneak preview of next year's card starring an unusually still and attentive Ted. (How on earth he held that pose long enough for Dru to paint him, I shall never know!)

On the back of the card, one of my favourite Christmas poems by Thomas Hardy:

THE OXEN

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
   'Now they are all on their knees,'
An elder said as we sat in a flock
   By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
   They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
  To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
   In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
   'Come; see the oxen kneel,

'In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
   Our childhood used to know,'
I should go with him in the gloom,
   Hoping it might be so.

So, no need to dash to the sales to get next year's cards - just stay at home, put your feet up and eat the rest of the pickled onions, safe in the knowledge that you can buy a few packets of these from Dru's Etsy page next autumn.



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