Wednesday, December 26, 2012

'twas the day after Christmas

Hope we all had a lovely Christmas - this is the first time, if I recall correctly, that we have not cooked our Christmas dinner in the weber but used the oven. All worked well although the butcher was so busy cracking silly jokes that he wrote the order down wrong and I ended up with meat sans stuffing and other various things. I shall really enjoying having a go at him to pay him back. Great meat though but if I had realised before the shops shut I could have remedied the stuffing situation.   And with the extreme heat I cleaned up the studio, making sure I put everything in its carefully designated place, and we had our time in the comfort of air con. I bought some reindeer heads for the lucky children - you will notice I didn't buy any for Ian or me. All in a good cause though, as the money went to breast cancer research. Pistol Pete was lucky to be part of our Chritsmas family but not Hannah - she had lots of family Christmas dinners to attend. She and Grant came for breakfast this morning and I forgot to take a photo.... They fly back to London tomorrow and then off on the snow train to France.


We started with prawns and oysters but actually I think some people ate a lot of marshmallows first.

 Then we had roast lamb, roast pork, roast potato, roast parsnip, roast  pumpkin, roast kumera - all those things we love - and of course salads

And if that wasn't enough, we had pavlova - with a new sauce on the top of raspberries poached in rose, and Cassata and homemade ice cream. Such decadence. One year I will make a Xmas pudding to go with it and then we really will roll off the table.

Today I have been enjoying one of my Christmas books - actually I have nearly finished it - she is certainly a superb writer and loves words and involvement. So I have been rather lazy but apparently it is okay as it is only Boxing Day - although I have done the several orders which have come in today (and yesterday...)
Ian has been very busy loading music onto his new i pod and has spent most of the day with his ear phones on so if I talk quietly to him he doesn't hear me but it is okay as he doesn't listen to me anyway - ha ha.

Finally - this is what is in store for us the coming week - definitely indoors with air con on - I am about to go out now to our warehouse to deliver stuff and bring stuff back because I fear that any time tomorrow will be as bad or worse. Then I am planning to work indoors. Soon as I have finished my book I will be in the studio working...


DVArtist said...

Looks like you had a great time. Cherish the time.
Wishing you the best 2013


Heather said...

What a good idea to celebrate in an airconditioned space. Ian looks very regal at the head of the table and your feast looks fabulous. We have yet more rain but it's quite mild for the time of year.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Merry Christmas Dale and wishing you a happy and creative 2013

Anonymous said...

Great Christmas celebration...fabulous feasting and bonding with family.

Happy New Year... May the coming year bless you and your family with everything that your hearts desire together with loads of laughter and joy.



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