And it was silent and grey as I headed out to the Farmleigh Christmas Market with Smiley, but also calm and mild. Just right for a relaxing stroll and maybe some last minute shopping.
You see I'm still looking for the perfect present for Smiley. After all what do you buy for a young adult with very special needs who already has everything that she needs? And she can't tell me what she wants either. I had this half formed idea about her waking up on Christmas Day to find her room transformed into a sparkly grotto as a special surprise, but soon realised that I would not be able to do that without wakening her. So I've been doing a little each day. Inspired I am not.
I hoped to see something at the market, but it was not to be. But Smiley loved it anyway, and I was so busy chatting to her and steering her buggy through the crowds that I did not catch any of her enjoyment on camera, apart from one photograph with a very special visitor.
There was lots and lots to see, with a dressing up pavilion, stage shows, craft and food stalls, a gallery and the moving train...
It was essential to sample all the food on sale, just in case there was something that absolutely had to be bought. But there was not a huge selection of cakes, and the fudge was almost all gone. Just enough for us though!
Once we'd got our sugar fix, it was time for another wander, which resulted in us stumbling into the singing Santa session, where I said a silent prayer for all the work teaching Smiley what Shhh means... not that she had to stop smiling and head dancing completely, just to be a little quieter about expressing her enjoyment!
As dusk fell, I wandered along by the lake with a very happy Smiley and reflected that the one thing she still wants more than anything else is my time. For every day to be like Sunday, well this one anyway. And that's a present that won't fit into any Christmas stocking.
|The peaceful lake at Farmleigh|