Before embracing the new year I have to linger a little on my delightful Christmas. (Isn’t this red tea-tree beautiful?) ‘It is now part of family tradition’ I was told by the 5-year old granddaughter that she stays with me and Santa miraculously finds her. And he did too. And then the family gathered – first for a lovely Christmas dinner and again to ring in the new year. Restrained frivolity. A moment for reflection and gratitude that we had endured and survived, sustained in my case, by family and writing. Yes I will finally mention that I have written a new book, recipes and reflections, to appear in late October.