Morning everyone. It feels really chilly outside this morning, probably because of the breeze. I was glad to get back in from my visit to the freezer!
Yesterday turned out to be lovely and sunny until later on when we had some drizzle in the evening. I had a great hour with Chris who had provided some festive nibbles. I will be returning the compliment next Thursday but we've decided not to meet just before Christmas as there will be so much to do and Chris' son might very well be there by then.
The pastry for her (home made) mince pies was absolutely delicious and, as I am shocking at making shortcrust pastry (although my puff pastry is good, thanks to Thermione), she took a photo of the recipe and sent it over. For the life of me, I could not work out how to get this photo off my phone from where she'd sent it and onto my hard drive so I did a bit of searching and found how to link What'sApp to my PC, something I have wanted to do for a while.
I'm not particularly technical and stuff like that scares me rather so I was really rather pleased with myself!
Then I popped out to do a bit of shopping, mostly Christmas related stuff as some of the use by dates now include the festive week. The more I can get in advance, the easier the last shop will be.
The rest of the day was homey stuff - plenty of ironing, some tidying up and so on. The new Pinch of Nom book arrived but I have earmarked the weekend for having a good look through. I was expecting to be out on Sunday but poor old Alex messaged to say that now he has the horrendous cold that Beth had last week so is cancelling again. I'm glad he did - I really don't want what they have/had.
Today is SW day and, after an extremely naughty week, I am dreading those scales. However, what will be will be so no excuses and take the consequences.
Once home again, the day is pretty much free. There's no Christmas stuff to get out today but I do need to take the decoration boxes, etc, upstairs to the front room where they will sit until twelfth night.
Also, I want to do my Christmas cards. I don't send many, preferring to make a donation to a homeless charity instead but I do send online cards (using the Jacquie Lawson site) to people and, as I can date them for when I want them to arrive in mailboxes, it's a good idea to get it organised nice and early.
Then, come the evening, we have our Girls' Online Chat so I will be in Messenger at seven, ready to invite the girls along! Should be great!
Today's Christmas music is another two for the price of one, two of my favourite versions of the joyful carol 'In Dulci Jubilo' (or, as I learns it as a child, 'Good Christian men, rejoice')
The first is the fantastic Mike Oldfield version where he plays all the instruments, pretty innovative for the time.
The second is my absolute favourite, the Pearsall choral version, favourite of school and church choirs everywhere (which is where I first learnt it), sung here by King's College choir.
So completely different and yet both so joyous in totally different ways. One makes me want to dance, the other fills me with warm happiness.