"I found some Christmas cards from last year!" yelled Maggie from another part of the house.
"Put them in the recycle bin!" I called back.
"No. I mean I’ve found ones we forgot to send last year. They’re sealed and addressed, ready to go..."
Christmas cards are not our strong point, to honest.
If it was in fact the case that it’s the thought that counts, then we’d be fine: we really do think about sending them. But success is a hit or miss affair with far more misses than hits.
It’s one of the reasons I’ve embraced the Internet with such fervour. Email is a wonderful thing, especially when you can attach images or create a link to an online card.
I know, I know, it is not the same as a physical card that can be put on the mantelpiece, or hung on a length of string along with the ones sent by those who are organised and had everything sent long before the last posting dates.
However, it does at least mean I get the message out, and the carbon footprint is much lighter.
Below is one of the photos I took of Meg at the weekend just past, while standing out on the frozen loch at the bottom of the town, where the sun was coming through the trees behind. It seemed ideal for this year's "card"
If you would like a high resolution copy to print off and pin to your mantelpiece then click through on this link and follow the instructions:
In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you a wonderful festive season and all the very best for the New Year.