All I want for Christmas…

To be a honest, right now, a skip would be really useful! It was a sister prize in that PTA fund-raiser I mentioned, where I offered a style defining session. I assumed the person who bid for me, might have wanted the skip as well!

Family are arriving for a few days any minute and we are trying to get the house ready and we still have things like ‘our children’s dressing up clothes’ in a wicker basket and ‘a box of jigsaws’ in our living room. Our children are aged 14 and 17 now, and no, we do not have grandchildren. I have kept these items thinking, ‘oh well, if a friend comes round with a couple of toddlers they will have something to play with…’ Funny how when you have teenage children, the number of close friends you have with two toddlers rapidly diminishes. Even if you do have a few lurking, it is amazing how seldom you actually invite them round to your house.

Living room

Our living room now.

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A bit of a doormat

Everyone is talking about Christmas jumpers…People are having ‘Christmas jumper days’ in their offices to raise money for charity.

Well we can do better than that, we have a ‘Christmas Jumper doormat’ in our office.

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Alive alive o!

I now know how to cook a Mussel – seriously – I can now buy Mussels from a fishmonger, wash them, ascertain that they are all alive and quickly cook them in a lovely sauce. To be served with delicious crusty bread…

I can make Parsnip soup, Rack of lamb, Potatoe Dauphinoise, Butcher a Guinea fowl, make Vegetarian Ravioli, Sear an Aubergine…and all without a recipe!

Potatoe Dauphinoise

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