Our Christmas is normally spent at home where work on the farm does not stop and involves trying to juggle mucking out, riding, defrosting taps and water buckets, with peeling potatoes, putting the turkey in and making the famous sherry trifle.
Not to mention the best part of Christmas which is the rum sauce with our secret family recipe for Christmas pudding that belongs to my brother. The picture on the left is of us one Christmas.
He first made it when he was 12 years old and it’s delicious. So delicious in fact, that my father is currently in charge of making a batch of about 20 of them and has a production line in place as it’s so requested by family and friends. These are always made in October/November.
There is always a Christmas tantrum from Simon as he worries that his beloved roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings to go with the turkey, are not going to be perfect, because once I have got the main work in the stables done (helped with coffee with brandy) I start to heat mulled wine up in pint jugs in the microwave!
This year for the first time ever we are going away for Christmas. Jade, my most perfect groom and dog nanny, has volunteered to work Christmas so I am thrilled to say we are off skiing (the picture above is of a previous skiing trip). Jade and her family and friends are moving into the farm for what could be a large party (so I may possibly need a GoPro camera to watch the carnage)!
I am most looking forward to what I won't have to do this Christmas. I won't have to do 4am supermarket shops after TSV launches. I won't have to write endless lists of shopping to accommodate everyone’s dietary requirements. I won't have to be up all night peeling potatoes, prepping everything or baking cakes.
I won't have to get dragged into a massive house clean and tidy. I won't have to clear up (not that I do much of that – Simon is brilliant!) and I won't have to produce a constant stream of food for everyone that arrives and I won't have to buy too many Christmas presents as gifts between Simon and I are cancelled as we are having the holiday.
We will however, have some lovely family days before and after Christmas but maybe I could be super-clever and book a restaurant! The only thing I may miss is my snowball and my maraschino cherries with the Schweppes lemonade and Roses lime cordial to make the perfect drink so I may have to take these with me!
I hope you have a lovely Christmas whatever you're up to!