pear tree log: I started this blog to keep my younger son, Jonny, in touch with life in Lincolnshire, while he spent a year working in China. That year turned into five! Now he is home and training to become a physics teacher. This is simply a patchwork quilt of some of the things I enjoy - life in rural Lincolnshire, our animals, friends, architecture, books, the gardens, and things of passing interest.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Shouldn't have Partied with the Elves...

... they're wild...  top tip: never play cards with them, they nearly always win.

I really intended to stay awake to see the new year in,  we watched a film, then I started on a lovely new book, I must have fallen asleep because I was woken at midnight by trembling Toby and two cats with tails like toilet brushes - The Tavern was setting off fireworks to celebrate.  By the time I had soothed the girls and Toby I was pretty much awake so I opened a bottle of fizz and we toasted the New Year.  I managed half a glass  -  then fell asleep.  We are not party animals!


Jonny, Happy New Year!  
I hope you had a lovely time - we toasted you.  
This is another one of Tim's little characters, you may well have seen him before.  Still no news about Davina but she is keeping well.  We saw Tim and Isis over the holiday, they send you their love.

Love you,



  1. Happy New Year to you and yours too. May 2012 bring you much health and happiness xx

  2. We did very much the same thing ! Have a lovely new year -wishing you and your family all the very best x

  3. Happy New Year Dom! Love to you and Andy xx

  4. Hi Janet, I am very happy to have met you, although I wish the circumstances were different. Thinking of you. Happy New Year to you and yours. x

  5. That is a fantastic illustration and one extremely creepy little elf! Wishing you a joy-filled 2012.

  6. I popped over to say "welcome as a new follower".....EEEEEKKK that elf will give me nightmares !!! I couldn't look at Golum in The Lord of The Rings.
    Anyway, welcome and nice to meet you!
    Jane xx

  7. Mitch, he is a creepy little chap - George has never quite got over the fact that Tim didn't fancy doing Disney-type characters!

  8. Hi Jane and Chris, Lovely to meet you too.

    Creepy little elf v something the cat dragged in, no contest! I hope your 'house'guest' has departed.

    Happy New Year to you both, I look forward to reading more adventures of The Maple Syrup Mob!

  9. Dear Elaine,
    wishing you the best for this new year....I am afraid I was not able to stay up till midnight either, fell asleep reading, too.

  10. Dear Heidi,
    It is so nice to know that we are not the only ones who can't make it through to midnight! I am delighted to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

  11. Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2012 :)


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