All of a sudden the house is empty. For the past week it has been full of children, grandchildren and dogs - and other nearest and dearest (and in some cases, their nearest and dearest). The recycling bins are full, the fridge is still full (!), the needles are still on the tree but the parcels are all opened and played with or put safely away, the outside lights are twinkling in the rain and the indoor lights are helping to lift a rather flat feeling. Tomorrow I go back to work (well someone has to be there to say "have you tried rebooting?").
Of course Henry and James have been working every day (though with some time off during the day for a couple of days). Today they have brought the last of the stock inside for winter, so every building is full of stock - all to be fed, watered, bedded and mucked out. It's a long time till spring.
But before then there will be another Robinson Gathering - watch this space for The Event Of The Year in February.