Although I've not blogged since before Christmas itself, I hope you've found my replies to all your lovely comments?! It was wonderful to read all about your adventures over the last few weeks, and now, as promised, I can fill you in on mine!
Firstly, I thought you might like to see one of the loveliest photographs I've ever had taken of Kathy, Deb and myself at the presenter's Christmas lunch! Dale spent time working out how to get the best shot with lighting etc (!) but we all thought his patience paid off.
Luckily my lack of shower and toothbrush had been rectified as I had both at work, and here we are all spruced up before feeding our faces on the most delicious Christmas grub!
Talking of spruces, here's my Christmas tree! I know the last photo I posted was a rather bleak one, so wanted you to see how much better it looked with all the decorations and lights on it.
Colin snipped the top off so that I could put the star on – I'll leave it to you to guess what he was saying when I took this picture..!!
As all the children were heading off to various families and friends, we decided to have our Christmas turkey on Christmas Eve and Lucy very kindly spent most of the morning making mince pies and gingerbread – delicious!
You may remember me saying that I'd ordered the Christmas meat hamper from QVC – Turkey/Beef/Gammon/Sausages/Bacon/Sausage meat – and luckily it arrived days before we moved, otherwise I doubt I would have remembered to let our Despatch team in Liverpool know that I'd changed address!
I cannot praise highly enough the quality of the meat, and the whole meal was a huge success. We had some old friends for dinner on the 28th too – a cracking night! – and I cooked the beef as per instructions and that was perfect too! Happy days.
Colin got me tickets to see Michael Buble on the 3rd July (five rows from the front!!), I had a Blu Ray Player from Sam, duck egg blue kitchen scales from Jack (to match the kitchen when I repaint it!) and a beautiful verse, framed and presented to me by Lucy which read " You are the Mummy everyone wishes they had"… aaaaaw… had to pretend I had something in my eye..
Colin's children came to us on Boxing Day which was great fun and they all luckily had excellent appetites so the mountain of food we had bought was devoured with very little left overs. I did bring a turkey salad to work though on the 27th December – would have been rude not to!
I worked on the 28th, but then on the 29th my sister Jenny and her partner Linda came to stay. All our married lives we have lived pretty much at opposite ends of the country, but now are amazingly just one hour away from each other!
I had bought an additional Ken Paves Clip In Up Do, and so coiffured Jenny's hair for her – looks good eh?! We rolled about laughing at Victoria Wood's Christmas offering on the TV and even managed a short game of Trivial Pursuit – short because it's like a sleeping draught to me! Within 10 minutes I'm unconscious!
On the 30th Colin's mum came over with his son and daughter, and my stepdaughter Becky, her husband Mark and Ethan joined us too. I baked a huge gammon which went down well and left sufficient enough for me to make parcels for everyone to take home It was so good to have a house full of family and friends over the week, and now I've got used to cooking on the vast range thing that's here, I'm hoping for many more gatherings!
New Year's Eve was spent with my friend Jo and her man Simon. They came to us and very kindly brought all the accoutrements required for a fondue! I don't have a pot or skewers, but I supplied most of the bits to go into it! It's Jo's birthday on New Year's Day, so having cheered the New Year in we raised our glasses again as she opened her presents.
I'd got her tickets to the Harry Potter experience and she was really pleased They stayed over and we had a massive fry up for breakfast which was very welcome after all the fizz, and then they headed off…
I unpacked the last of the boxes yesterday, and Colin has begun to cut back the rather large laurel hedge which is impeding his ascent to the roof! Why go there I hear you cry?! Well, along with no heating and a lack of hot water in the bedroom/ensuite, we now have a rather large damp patch on the ceiling! Hopefully all will be revealed and rectifiable before we get more rain and colder temperatures! Thank heavens for Northern Nights brushed cotton sheets and a warm man!!
I hope very much that you will have had a wonderful time over Christmas and that the New Year will bring you nothing but joy, good health and happiness. And if you fancy a giggle do join Debbie Flint and myself at 8pm tomorrow for a brand new show called 'Anything Goes'..!!! Should be fun
Have a great week, and I look forward to hearing from you. With love as always, Ali xx