So Christmas Day has been and gone. Just like that. Well it does doesn`t it… all that build up, which in some ways is the best bit. My biggest gripe about the festive season is that it rarely snows. I don`t want to get snowed in ,but I get very fed up looking at all the Christmas cards, adverts, films et al which are all snowy and white, when usually living here it is just a fantasy.
We had a lovely Christmas. Just me, husband and son. Friends joined us for our annual foray to the lovely Church at Waterden, for the candlelit carol service on Christmas Eve-oh and the dog came too. Back to our house for festive fizz and copious canapés. We then all watched a `Christmas Carol` on DVD,( well just me actually-the others fell asleep!).
On Christmas Day morning we headed to Wells beach after settling the turkey in the oven. No snow, but thank goodness no grey, grim, rainy weather either-the day dawned bright and blue and sunny but cold-so a lovely walk on the wide sands along with a whole host of other walkers and numerous dogs. So lovely.
Present opening with a very excited Harry the Lurcher who has sussed out his doggy gift under the tree some hours earlier…best presents-a fab painting of the pooch himself; done by artist friend Mary Carlson, the huge vintage YSL earrings that I had been coveting, and wonderful books including a signed copy of David Dawson`s lovely `A Painter`s Progress, a Portrait of Lucien Freud` given to me by Tom.
My husband , like me, is very excited with his tickets for dinner at Ronnie Scott`s and seeing the famed Saxophonist Kenny Garrett, but really I only needed to buy him his `Talking Polly the Parrot` ,as he spends more time talking to her than me!
We enjoyed a delicious and very traditional Christmas lunch- and the Country Life magazine quiz( a family favourite and Tom always wins), but no sprouts only chocolate ones for us though, and although I love cooking and make everything we eat from scratch, I do actually buy our Christmas pudding. Our favourite is the traditional one from the Carved Angel…very yummy indeedy.
The only TV we watched ( along with 5.8 million others apparently) ,was Downton Abbey-so good for it to end on an upbeat note, here`s hoping that the lovely Matthew Goode; the potential new love-interest for Lady Mary, can melt the heart of old frosty features.
So after a few more dinner parties and pub lunches, films, and beach walks, we now have our feet up, son is now in Kenya on holiday, and we are bracing ourselves for a dinner party here on New Years Eve. Black Tie, posh food, silly hats and party games. Watch this space!