One afternoon last week, I spent a few relaxing hours "doing the flowers" for the Christmas Dinner of a village group that I have joined. With flowers from the town, some sparkly things and a mass of foliage from garden shrubs and trees, six small arrangements took shape under the watchful eyes of the cats.
Lucy Kitten and the Ginger One inspected and sniffed.......
Finished, and kept safe from cats behind closed doors.
After a lovely Christmas meal in a village hall, when everyone dispersed into the freezing night, the flowers went home with some of the villagers who are older and frailer than most, and who may spend much of the Christmas season on their own.