Having boycotted the local garden centre because they had Christmas decorations up in September, I now feel that the advent season is upon us. I just can't believe how quickly it has come round.....again. This means the dry season is nearly upon us, or should I say me. As Helen McGinn (The knackered mother's wine club) says on her website, it isn't the not drinking wine that is the problem (not so sure about that) it is finding a grown-up drink to replace it - water just doesn't cut it at 7pm at night. Helen has written a book which you can get from Amazon called Teetotal Tipples (click here). Might be worth a peak.
If you are already fed up of hearing Mariah Carey singing All I want for Christmas is you but need a bit of help to bring on the Christmas spirit then there are a couple of new recordings that I recommend. The first is Carols from Chelsea and is the Choir from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, it features many of the old favourites including two of mine O Holy Night and Tomorrow shall be my dancing day which you can listen to here. But if you want carols with a bang then there is a recording by the Halle Choirs and Orchestra called A Christmas Celebration.
On a different note, if you have a moment listen into my show on Kennet Radio last Friday night. I had a wonderful guest on called Kate Talbot who is a Financial Planner. She had so much to talk about from organising the Beaujolais Run, being in the WI as well as her job all interspersed with her great choice of music from Debussy through to Mozart and Beethoven. You can listen here.