Mistress Agnes is bedecked in her new finery for the 2016 season. Her Yuletide gifts included a stylish leather handbag. ‘Designer’ may not be an appropriate description but she is pleased with it nonetheless. To set this off it seemed time for a new petticoat, she had had the old one for eight years after all. Woollen petticoats are not washed so her previous garment did display the ill-effects of years of housework. The replacement, dyed in an effective shade of green, came via the Bay of E and had been previously owned by a good mistress who had oft-times stood too close to the fire. Holes suitably darned and Mistress Agnes is ready to face her public. Sadly too much Yuletide fare has made the new petticoat a little on the snug side but hopefully the activities of the coming weeks will restore her to her former svelte self.