Good morning, everyone. It's a dull and gloomy start to the day round here. Misty and damp, not nearly cold enough for a frost but too cold and too damp to hang the washing out. Maybe it will clear later on, fingers crossed.
Well, we have had our Christmas Tree Day and it was lovely.
We started off with lunch - lasagne, chips and salad (the salad makes it healthy, right?) and then tested one of the little Christmas puds I made. It was very, very good indeed. Lighter than the usual kind both in texture and colour but with that Christmas spice vibe and a gentle citrus tang about it. I'm really looking forward to having some more.
Getting the tree up and decorated was great fun. I dearly love real trees but have a beautiful artificial one for a number of reasons. Quite apart from the shedding needles that can get in the eye (that happened to me once; it was horrible and the devil to get out), dealing with a real tree is a nuisance, they are comparatively expensive over the years, given that my last tree lasted, oh, it must have been well over twenty years with me and then, two years ago, it went to a charity that uses it in their shop and I'm expecting this current one, new last year, will see me out (or until I can't manage it any more)
After a while we had a break and our first G&T. It helps to take a break and then take a critical look over the tree to see where the gaps are. At that point it looked like this - photo taken on Beth's phone. Explosion in the Christmas tree factory!
After a bit more work and some general clearing up . . .
. . . and that's pretty much how it will stay now in that corner until twelfth night. You can see that the duo of Guardians of the Christmas Tree (yes, we're bonkers!!) have become a trio - Beth's old ted has joined the honourable pair (sitting in the middle). In front of each is an owl holding a letter to spell out J O Y - most appropriate!
The rest of the day passed as planned. A buffet tea and we watched The Snowman and Father Christmas (I thought I also had The Snowdog, but it seems not) followed by the Polar Express and then The Muppets' Christmas Carol.
All in all, it's been great.
Today should be quieter. Jeff has just finished doing his fortnightly tidy up and general maintenance in the garden, bless him, Beth is still fast asleep upstairs, I've cleared everything from yesterday (too tired to do it last night) and there's washing in the machine.
This afternoon, I have my post purchase 'demo' with Leonie where we make something in tandem. I've chosen meatballs which will show me how the blade cover and the slow cooker functions work so guess what I am having for dinner tonight! I wouldn't usually slow cook meatballs and will be interested to see if it makes any difference.
So that's my day. How about you? xx