Thursday, 13 December 2012
Preparing for Christmas
As for the new blog, I am not sure how many of you will be able to access me if I go over to Wordpress permanently. Can we have a headcount? Morning AJ says it won't let her in. Are there many more of you?
Anyway, I am quite happy with this year's wreath which is a variation on the standard hedgerow-garnered wreath we always make. T and I that is, but as she is not here until next Sunday, I had to make it alone this time. I only had to walk as far as our front gate for the ingredients - bendy Pussy Willow wands, long ribbons of ivy which scramble over the front wall, and then I dived into the Christmas decoration boxes and came up with some lovely clear-glass faceted baubles on a silver wire, and for contrast, a long length of gold balls. The Willow made the interwoven frame, covered with festoons of ivy strands, then the baubles and gold balls. Underneath hangs a weather-proof silver tree decoration like a star-shaped snowflake. It looks really pretty (says she modestly).
Today we got 3 bottles of wine for the Christmas meals (our offspring have promised more) and we drove down to Eynons at St Clears (an award-winning butcher) for the meaty part of the Christmas feast - salt-marsh lamb for Christmas Day, casserole venison and pheasant breast to go towards the Boxing Day Game Pie, and two lovely thick succulent venison steaks to go between three of us when T arrives next weekend. I have 2 brace of partridges already in the freezer, and a goose which is going in the oven on Christmas Eve and just need to get a game pack from our more local butcher.
Theo'dorable is on the mend and now that his tummy is better, he was allowed out of the kitchen today and chose to snuggle up next to me on the sofa.
Off for a hot bath now, as my fingers are dropping off with cold.