Tuesday, December 24, 2013


What a beautiful Christmas Eve I have had today! My girls are home. Katy can't find her usual mince pie recipe and has to change tactics....shock, horror! Orange juice in the pastry. What do you think mum? I tell her to go for it....change is as good as a rest, and hell you only live once. In any event they were scrumptious and it was difficult to stop at one. Thoroughly relished making my wreath for the front door with mandarins and cloves; red roses and bunches of lavender; cones, spruce and red cotoneaster berries. Went to visit old friends and laughed and exchanged gifts. Nellie gave me a present of a spotted dick cake and you can imagine my comments re same and the fun we had. Cooked the ham. Sat in front of an open fire tonight and tucked into it, with crusty grinder bread; the first of my homemade pickled onions and chutney; houmous, and some wensleydale cheese with cranberries. Food for the gods! Presents all wrapped now and under the tree. It's almost four on Christmas morning and I'm going to sneak outside shortly to see if I can spot Santa and his reindeers coming in this direction. It's been a long, but very joyous day for which I am truly grateful. I'd better hit the hay now, otherwise Santa won't call on me.

Wishing all my family and friends a Merry Little Christmas. May 2014 bring you all peace, love and laughter. 

Ciao for now!

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