Yesterday at the hairdressers he mentioned that he intended giving a Dinner Party on Saturday night and that he had done the menu and would be doing the cooking. He has already made the starter -
rabbit, pheasant and duck terrine - he had shot the animals/birds himself and had made up the recipe! Yes, dear readers, I was impressed. Doesn't often happen - or does it?
Robert Crampton in the Times earlier this week, talked of visiting Africa and seeing the women working the fields, their babies strapped to their backs; going through the villages and seeing the women pounding the grain, washing the clothes, cooking the meals;
then passing the men lounging around chatting, smoking, drinking and doing little else. Poor women he thought.
Then, on arrrival home, he suddenly had a thought. Who was doing all the arrangements for Christmas in his household? Who bought the presents, wrapped the presents, bought the cards, wrote the cards, posted the cards, organised the recipes, bought the food and cooked the Christmas dinner? Maybe the man of the house would pour up the wine, fire the pudding - that kind of thing. But, let's face it, in most households the woman does the work. Or am I wrong?
I chatted to the lady in the Newsagent's this afternoon about it and she remembered remarking to her father when she was a child that her mum did all the work and that her dad just expected his dinner to be on the table when he came through the door from work. She got a clip round the ear for her remarks!
So could we have a consensus of opinion please? If you are a man and you really contribute to Christmas preparations please say so and prove me wrong. What does the farmer do? Well I must say that I do most of the planning but he is on hand to help with the veggies, carve the turkey, fire the pudding etc. and he always, always stacks the dishwasher and unloads it over the whole Christmas period. I have no complaints but I would really like to know what you think.