Thanks for the Christmas and New Year Greetings everyone - much appreciated.
Now Christmas is over. The turkey is almost all eaten (only bought a crown) and the orange-flavoured ham has just enough left for a sandwich at tea time today. All the many Boxing Day vegetables (red cabbage, ratatouille, swede and carrot mashed, carrots, sprouts, peas, roast parsnips, jacket potatoes) were eaten
again yesterday and what is left has just been given to the hens as a treat. They descended on it all as though they hadn#t eaten for a month. The fridge is almost empty except for remnants of Camembert and Brie - which will soon disappear. Then tomorrow it will have to be fill the fridge again day as all my grandchildren (all vegetarian) come for a buffet meal - and then for New Year's Eve, when I always make a large fish pie and this year a topside pot roast too. But so far everything has run smoothly and it has been great fun.
Yesterday the farmer and I were alone and we spent the afternoon doing a jig-saw of scenes from Downton Abbey (which we actually don't watch) - it was a really interesting one to do. But when we finished it there was a piece missing. We searched the carpet thoroughly as Tess adores chewing up a piece of jig saw, but there was absolutely no sign of it anywhere. Later in the evening we were having a game of Rummikub when the farmer dropped a tile by his chair. When he bent to pick it up the lost piece of jig saw was right next to the tile. How is it that you can miss things like that?
My Christmas books are delicious. I have already read the second book written by Alan Johnson about his rise to political fame from an extremely poor childhood. The first one was bought me when it came out. This one - Please Mr Postman - has been just as interesting and I was quite sorry when I finished it.
Now I have started H is for Hawk - by Helen Macdonald. Absolutely fascinating reading - and beautifully written. Books are the very nicest presents aren't they? (although my shelves are full to bursting and I am constantly trying to cull one or two books to make room for the new ones.)
We have missed the snow here apart from a sprinkling on the hill tops in the distance, and the weather yesterday and so far today is wall-to-wall sunshine, although almost freezing.
Salmon and new potatoes for lunch today - a light food day methinks. Have a nice day.