Christmas dinner table

Charlie’s Christmas!


Christmas jumpersChristmas lunch came early for us on Sunday. We put on the Christmas music, decorated the kitchen with lights, candles and sparkle and tucked in to roast turkey and all the trimmings.Why? Well, middle child Charlie is heading off to France to work as a chef for a ski company in a week’s time, and he won’t be home until May.

It will be the first time that we haven’t been all together as a family at Christmas time, and Charlie asked if we could have an early mini-celebration. My Mum and Dad joined us, along with my youngest brother Andrew, and Alice, one of his daughters.

Charlie decided to take charge of the cooking as a practice run for the real thing, when he will be providing the festive meal for whoever is spending Christmas in his chalet. I was appointed as commie chef, so all I had to do was peel a few sprouts, wrap some blankets around the piglets and tackle a huge pile of washing up.

Charlie in the kitchenI was in the kitchen to give him the benefit of my experience over the past 25-or-so Christmases but he didn’t really need me – he did a grand job and although I hate to admit it, his roast potatoes were at least as good as mine!

It felt funny at first, putting up some of our Bethlehem Lights decorations and singing along to the seasonal songs, but we were soon in the mood, even putting on our novelty Christmas jumpers (Billy loves his penguin wearing glasses – he calls it his ‘self-portrait’ jumper!!).

Ours are from regular High Street stores but if you fancy one that no one else will be wearing, and you’re a dab hand with knitting needles, it might be worth looking at Gyles Brandreth’s Novelty Knits book that we featured on the Morning Show earlier this week – it has some wonderfully wacky designs to create for your loved ones. A great gift book too!

Charlie was busy with the preparations but he also found time to open a few presents as they are things he needs to pack and take with him. Mainly skiing-related, there was one special gift that he was delighted with – a Bose Soundlink mini Bluetooth speaker. This has (at the time of writing) 173 five-star reviews on and top marks for sound quality, but also for being the right brand for a young man who likes to exude the right image – only cool and classy is good enough for our Charlie!

Compact and robust, it’s ideal for travelling, but has enough sound to fill whatever space it’s in. He’s a lucky boy – I thought about spending less money on a lesser quality speaker but he’ll have years of use from this and I wanted to spoil him as we won’t be seeing him for so long.

Hopefully we’ll be able to go down to the Alps to see him but that won’t be until well into the New Year. At least we’ve enjoyed Christmas lunch with him – shame that I won’t have him to help me in the kitchen when I do it all over again in two months’ time!

Take care

Kathy x


  1. susan October 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, you too?! We’ll be alone this Xmas too! We can think of each other! How fab for Charlie though. His plates looked divine!! Want to see the pics of his adventures! Can’t believe Ali ended up in hospital again. Pass on our love. PS your kids are so gorgeous Kathy!! X

  2. Kathy Tayler November 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan Charlie is out in Val D’Isere now and enjoying the training. He texted me for my (well, my mum’s really) recipe for bread sauce to go with the Christmas turkey, as the Aussie chefs who are also there had never heard of it!
    Ali is on the mend and due back on air with her Diamonique show tomorrow, while I’m off at the moment with a chest infection. Back next week, I hope!
    Take care
    Kathy x

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