The gales from Conor quietened overnight on Christmas Day on The Wirral only to resume in earnest in the evening but otherwise all was Peaceful at the Willows.
We had a lie in - a real treat for Partner-who-loves-tea - and then she and I played a word game before Son-who-cooks joined us for the present opening ceremony. The cats were quite delighted though Annabelle disappeared after jumping into the bag of discarded wrapping paper and frightening herself.... Mac took a far more dignified approach to the process, wondering all the time which parcel was going to contain food.
My presents included a lot of books (surprise, surprise), a beautiful calendar, a jigsaw puzzle, sweets, mugs, a laptop case, a mouse, a Paperblank notebook and diary, sketching charcoals, a lovely wooden dove ornament (now on the window but next year it will go on the tree), and a super Rosina Wachtmeister cat called the Devourer of Books.
The Queen's speech about inspiration was well worth listening to (not something I always feel though Partner-who-loves-tea watches it avidly every year). And then it was time for Christmas Dinner which as usual was made by Son-who-cooks and was delicious.
For those who want to know what was on that plate there was -
chicken, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, broccoli, sprouts (hiding), carrots, carrot and swede, roast garlic, sage and onion stuffing, gravy and a speciality of our chef - a mix of sprouts, pancetta, garlic and some secret ingredients.
Thank you Chef.
The drink is blackcurrant prosecco with which we toasted both Christmas and the arrival of Toby and Katie in October.
Then p-w-l-t and I watched 'Strictly Len Goodman' which we recorded a few days ago, and it was off to bed. The Christmas 'Strictly Come Dancing' show was recorded for Boxing Day.
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