However seeing family means a token gift so money saved has been blown on trinkets and fripperies, but how weird that I should find so much that fitted and looked good in a shop I would never visit but for the lateness of Kitty, who arrived escorted by her step mum...ouch.
PS My sister made her connecting train from niece to Marseilles with 5 mins to spare, she took a full 30mins to catch her breath!! They then got to Paris to scenes of utter bedlam verging on hysteria, but she is 6 feet and all woman and somehow got on her train the last one that night, they arrived in London at 3.30am it was so cold the doors had frozen shut and had to be opened manually! She was at her desk the following day, that must be some bonus.
Thank you to you all for your commiseration's