Sunday, 12 December 2010
Often when we have been in the States we have been taken to "homespun" events where locals have been enjoying a get together. We have always felt that these events have been put on for our benefit.
But today the farmer and I were invited to a genuine homespun Christmas dinner, where everyone was a genuine Dalesman (well, almost - after all I am one by marriage).
The lunch was superb and I did mean to take a photograph of it before I started eating, but I forget, so here is the menu:-
Roast turkey with sage and onion stuffing, bread sauce, apple sauce, cranberry sauce,roast potatoes, creamed potatoes, glazed carrots, braised red cabbage, brussels sprouts, gravy: Christmas pudding wit btandy sauce: Mince pies: Chocolates and coffee: All washed down with a nice, spicy punch.
There were about a hundred of us - crackers were being pulled, fancy hats worn, jokes being exchanged (Christmas cracker jokes are about the worst on record) and a lovely time was had by all.
Next door the sweet shop had a window full of pretty Christmas sweets so I took a photograph of that to show you too.
At this time of year the sun is so low in the sky that much of the Dales never sees the sunlight. However, on our way back, the sun was just catching Lady Hill and illuminating the few pine trees on it, so I thought you would like to see those too.
Now I am off to lie on the settee by the wood burner and sleep off my dinner!