I’ve wanted lights like these for ages but, like many, we have boxes and boxes of Christmas lights in our eaves cupboards, in our storage pod in various states of display and disrepair, and I didn’t like to buy any new ones.

It’s all change this year, however, and I bit that bullet and bought these, and installed them in a vase I got as a birthday present years ago, that has mostly never been used because most flowers are not tall enough to be seen and when it’s filled with water, it’s impossible to life.

I have written 10 Christmas cards in total so far and done about a third of my Christmas shopping. Somehow it will all come together because it will have to.

And today we switched on our Christmas lights.