No post yesterday as it was time for Christmas!
Yes, Christmas transferred from 25th December due to my being in hospital.
I am pleased to relate that I managed to cope with it all quite easily so I am now officially ‘better’! Of course I did spread preparation out over the weekend and had an enforced rest on Sunday afternoon to watch the Monaco Grand Prix, which was good as I get a bit hyper when planning a big occasion.
It started with a Carol at the door from some visitors! “We wish you a Merry Christmas” of course.
Later I managed to take some photographs of the table all dressed up for the big day while having a sneaky Campari and soda with my daughter and preparing vegetables. My daughter helped with peeling and mashing the parsnips to save my wrists!
I had finally bought a book on napkin folding a while ago when I found a cheap oneand had busied myself making different designs for each place setting.
The napkins weren’t perfectly square and were so large that for four of the folds I reduced the napkin size by folding the corners to the centre before following the book. However I was still pleased with the results.
Going round the table, widdershins, here is a close up of each one.
My place-setting a pin wheel windmill. Gold chocolate coin, extra.
Son: boot Granddaughter: rabbit Son-in law: shirt Daughter: fleur-de-lis I can see from the photo that it got a bit squashed when it fell off the table and I haven’t straightened it properly 😦
Family friend: Clowns hat.The crackers were provided by my son who bought them after Christmas when they were being sold off at a much reduced price!
Goldand a sort of brown. Now I have to admit that once everyone came in and we had crackers, followed by food and wine, I was much too busy to think of more photographs. However I am having a second Christmas lunch today from the leftovers so I will give you a taster from that,
There was chestnut stuffing and bread stuffing and bread sauce.
Turkey and sprouts and parsnips together with sausage and bacon rolls (but they ate all the bacon!) and cranberry sauce.
(I was fortunate to discover that you can get English parsnips even this late in the year: a bit woody in the middle but tasty. I also found frozen sprouts. So all traditional vegetables!)
[Also roast and boiled potatoes, not shown because I avoid them.] And, of course, gravy. Good thick Welsh gravy!
Afters was cheesecake and or strawberries and, if desired, cream. A bit hot for Christmas pud (and it was a very hot day!) and anyway my son ate it all when there was normal Christmas!
All followed by rest, presents (bought by my daughter), a walk and charades!
I think I can say “A good time was had by all”.