Last month, we spent our first family vacation since 2006. We took the opportunity to escape the usual Christmas stress - ah, Christmas sounds so faraway, doesn't it? Though it is only about 8 days before. We rented cottage at Henne Strand in Denmark for a week, which allows dogs and basically that is one of the main reasons why we even opted to holiday in Denmark. The Danish are well-known for their beaches which allow pooches the entire year round. In summer, there is a mandatory on-leash requirement when the dogs are on the beach and in winter, the dogs are allowed to run off-leash. As our dog gets older, I am more reluctant to leave him behind with a dog-sitter or dog kennel. He is 12+ and is in a good healthy condition; I guess dog lovers will know how I feel.
My husband has been on annual winter leave and yes, your spouse or partner definitely influences your activities! I only turned on my torch twice for the past week - he returns to work tomorrow, which also means I will return to my usual torch routine. It has been really nice and relaxing, taking my 'vacation' from my studio while my husband is his leave. Basically I spent my days cooking and trying out old as well as new recipes. I have picked up knitting again. The last time I knitted was 15 years ago and back then, I was learning how to knit with help from the sales assistants from the wool store! I am now using books written by Elizabeth Zimmerman to guide me through my knitting these days. Anyway, I am most happy to be occupied with my hands while away from the torch.
Here are some holiday photos mostly taken by my husband which I'd love to share with you. Henne Strand, according to the locals, usually does not have any snow during winter and this is one of the rare occasions when they have a white Christmas.
Miles and miles of undisturbed coast
Sun did show up once during the week long vacation
Cara and Sydney, our two girls