Tomorrow I will celebrate my birthday by dusting off our Advent calendar which has enough windows for each day in Advent no matter how long or short it is.
Pudding, cake and mincemeat are made, the turkey has been ordered and, yes, I am afraid I have done all my Christmas shopping.
But don't be alarmed by the pictures below, I have not put up my Christmas lights. Charlie bought new lights yesterday and plugged them in to check they worked and I couldn't let the photo opportunity pass. They will be strung around our living room no earlier than the 15th December.
But today it is still November and before I go and make myself a birthday cake here is November's sampler for you.