Oh happy days. The children are sitting around the wireless listening to The Witches on Radio Four. Sister and husband are out for a stroll and Tom is having a doze after working his socks off, poor soul, trying to get the place ready for our visitors. Me, I've just finished baking a batch of oaten biscuits for cheese whilst listening to Handel's Messiah and I thought I'd better leap in and wish you all a Happy Christmas before I turn this machine off for a few days.
Not all of my family are here YET. There are ten of us at the moment and on Christmas morning my brother, who is over from Australia for a week will come down with my Mum and Dad. I haven't seen him for four years and I haven't spent Christmas with Mum and Dad for about eight years. They usually go to my big sister's for the day as she lives much much closer and anyway Christmas isn't really a big thing for them. But this year we all felt that we wanted to be together as my Dad, now 88 has been rather ill lately.
I hope you're not worrying about how we'll manage with all those many people. We've booked a spare bed for the night at some neighbours and the house is literally stocked to the rafters with food. Honestly, when you see how full the fridge is:
the bags hanging from the beams in the shed (admittedly they're mostly full of veg):
food dotted around all over the place wherever we can find space and boxes of booze in the downstairs loo:
you may be forgiven for thinking there's going to be some sort of siege in this part of England and we're stocking up incase we can't get out for weeks. Sadly, the truth of it is that we love eating and we love good food and there are a heck of a lot of us. But did we really need twenty pints of milk, three pints of double cream, eight packs of butter, thirty six eggs and a 20lb ham:
and we're having goose on the actual day not ham. I think I might be surprised actually at how quickly this lot all goes.
Talking of going quickly I'm praying madly that these next few days go .........v...e....r...y.........s...l....o...w...l...y please.
OK my turn for a doze now. Sis is doing supper tonight, having cooked lunch too I have to add and all I need to do is ice the cake and make some mince pies tonight.
So may I wish every one of you that reads my blog and has supported me and encouraged me so much this year A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS .....................