Wednesday 27 December 2017


Christmas Day was delightfully chaotic. It's nearly forty years since we celebrated with a baby in the house. What an excuse for present giving.
There was wrapping paper everywhere. (The malteser boys did a quality check.)

Wrapping paper is exciting!
But he's not too sure about the paper hat.

This Christmas business is tiring.
For some!
On Boxing Day lots of friends came to lunch.
It was lovely to be all together with friends and family.

But today we are pooped!

Sunday 24 December 2017

Friday 22 December 2017

Are you ready?

Our tree was brought into the house today, but we generally wait until Christmas Eve before we decorate it.The boxes of Christmas decorations are down from the loft and greenery has been gathered from the garden so we are ready to swing into action.

 I went into Bath today for a bit of last minute shopping. The city has been lit up with decorations for weeks.
It was a dull, damp and misty day yet everyone seemed to be in good spirits.

The shop windows of VV Rouleaux looked wonderful

A reflection of sky for Skywatch Friday.
I had to go inside.

There were lots of tempting things.
A much quieter, but still pleasant display at the flower shop.

Sunday 10 December 2017

Oh, the weather outside is frightful....

We've had strong winds thrashing through the trees and bringing down branches. This limb fell from the horse chestnut onto our driveway. Luckily there was no car parked there at the time!
On an optimistic note we now have plenty of kindling!
But the best place to be is tucked up indoors.

Wednesday 6 December 2017

If you're vegetarian look away now.

Friends called by with gifts this week, a brace each of pheasant and partridge. The pheasants had been hung for a week so are ready for cooking. The cock was a handsome fellow with beautiful feathers.
But the partridge are especially pretty.

I donned my feather pluckers pinny, a present from my former, much-missed neighbour, Sally.
Then it was down to business.
I've spent many years dutifully plucking, but these days I tend just to skin them as it is so quick and easy, just like taking off a feather coat. I've got a good number of recipes.
We gave this book as a present to my parents.  
My father's cold raised game pie has yet to be beaten and is spoken of with great nostalgia by our daughters! I love using the cook books that came from home.
Every Christmas I order food from Booths food shop from their sumptuous catalogue. Along with the prepared food, that gets delivered to my door, the catalogue includes several recipes.
This is the recipe that I'm going to use.

But next I'm going to have to try this cold pie recipe from Ol' Blue Eyes and see if it can measure up to my Dad's high standards!