Wednesday 23rd December 2015 - 1st Birthday, Fantastic Buffet and the Last Before Christmas!

It was our grandson’s first birthday on Monday and thanks to Skype, we were able to watch him open presents and enjoy playing with some of his new toys. He is a very active little boy – it was quite tiring just watching him climbing onto the settee, crawling from toy to toy and pulling himself up and walking round the furniture. However, he did stop long enough to look into the webcam and give us one of his cheeky smiles and then he was off again.

Tuesday we spent a very enjoyable couple of hours at a seasonal buffet laid on by a group of village ladies. We were greeted with the choice of sherry, port or juice and there was opportunity for a chat before sitting at one of the tables laid with brightly coloured cloths and crackers. The food was fantastic, how they did it for the price; I don’t know. We are both a bit selective when it comes to buffets; we try to avoid pre-prepared finger foods, the sort sold by supermarkets but on this occasion we were spoilt with an amazing selection of home cooked and prepared dishes, both savoury and sweet. Following the food, there was bingo and a quiz. Many thanks to everyone involved with the organisation, cooking etc. – it was brilliant. Please do it again next year and if you do, please let me help!

Later Tuesday afternoon, I made our Christmas cake. Not the traditional type made weeks in advance and ‘fed’ several times with brandy before covering with marzipan and icing. For the second year, we have opted for a Dundee cake which this year rose up above the level of the tin. Fortunately, as it rose, it pushed up the greaseproof paper, used to line the tin, with it and therefore, did not spill over the edge and onto the oven floor!

Well, this is my last Diary entry before Christmas. We did the final shop yesterday, the freezer is full with various dishes I have cooked over the past few weeks, there are a couple more presents to wrap a trifle and lemon mousse to make which will take us into Christmas Eve and drinks with neighbours late afternoon followed, by a Greek themed dinner at home of Souvlaki, courgette fritters, beans in olive oil and bread to mop up the juices. All that’s left now, is for me to wish everyone -

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Sunday 27th December 2015 - Christmas, Boxing Day and Mud

Thursday 31st December 2015 - Farewell 2015

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