Up in the deep dark recesses of our loft is a magical place. No one goes up there very often and venturing up in to the furthest point happens about once a year. It's a strange area, you always feel like with one slip of the foot you will go plunging down into the depths. Truth is, if your foot slips off the joists, you're going to end up dangling through the ceiling of the bedrooms underneath. You have to time your visit well, because the deep insulation means that no heat gets up there and if it's freezing outside, it's freezing up there.
So what's magical about this place? Well it's the place that wrapping paper goes into hiding. And it multiplies. But you only find that out when you go up there in January to put the decorations back in storage. You go up there, and you find a large bag full of leftover wrapping papers from years gone by. Every year, when all presents are wrapped, there is always paper left on the rolls that is too good to throw away. So you put it up in the loft. For next year. But when next year comes you forget about the paper - out of sight really is out of mind. And the collection grows. And grows.
So, this year I have only bought three rolls of wrapping, one traditional Father Christmas one, one reindeer one, and one foil, graphic one. Oh and a few packs of tissue paper in red, silver and gold.
Because let's face it, there's plenty more up in the loft to supplement it. But it's freezing today. And the forecast for tomorrow is freezing too. And as soon as you get the loft ladder down, the dog thinks that she's coming up there too. Not to mention the fact that it's dark up there. Dark and cold. And I'm always convinced I can hear animal noises up there. Birds nesting in the eaves. Once I was convinced there was a squirrel up there. Apparently squirrels don't often go up to lofts in houses to live. But I'm not sure ...
Do you think that I will actually remember to go up to the loft to get the previous years' rolls out or will I take advantage of the the special 2 for 1 offers going on in all the shops?