HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And I completely understand you thinking hello… a little late maybe?! So sorry but am hoping that you will have had a grand time over the festive period, and that already things are looking up for you for 2012.
Here's a very short video I took of the Christmas lights just off Covent Garden as I thought they were really pretty…
Christmas was great fun, and my only faux pas was buying far too much food! Lunch was with Lucy, Richard, Sam, Jack, Colin and I, but Colin's children were due to join us that evening and stay over.
There's me thinking turkey and gammon sandwiches for 14, but the lure of pizza slices and duck rolls beat my more traditional offerings into a tin hat! That and the 'fat frog' drink which was discovered on our family holiday to Ibiza two years ago. A rather lurid mix of several brightly coloured liquids which brings about deep joy and happiness in all those who drink it!
In the morning my sitting room resembled one of the London underground stations during the Blitz but as the day wore on, and much coffee and paracetamol was consumed, the numbers thinned out… Still no takers for my turkey though, which was fine, as I took the carcass to my mum and she managed to get 3lbs of meat from it, and made six pints of soup! Bless her
It's been many years since I've seen my mum at Christmas, but we all got together at my sister's house, and had a lovely lunch with crackers and champagne – but no turkey! She's a vegetarian so made a gorgeous chilli lasagne which hit the spot, and with Michael Buble entertaining us (through her hi-fi not in person you understand) it was perfect.
There was a moment though where my credibility and intelligence were questioned, and that was following the pulling of the crackers… I spent several minutes trying get a sound out of my orange plastic whistle before realising it was infact a small sellotape dispenser… Ho hum…
New Year's Eve
New Year was spent with Ros and Chris and some friends and although I had to be poked awake at 11.40pm (Trivial pursuit and mulled wine not a good combination), it was lovely to see in the New Year and wave goodbye to the old one… and I even managed to keep my wig on, on this occasion
Talking of wigs, my hair is growing back and not only is it very dark (OK, so I wasn't a true blonde!) but it's curly!!! Eeeeeek! I say that but am immediately consumed with guilt because I should be grateful to have any hair at all having spent the last six months or more completely bald!
One of my friends who will remain nameless said "What have you done to your hair?!" followed by… "It doesn't really suit you…" I know that! But not a lot I can do, but I still love changing from blonde to red to dark hair – variety is the spice of life eh?
As promised I found the few photographs of the QVC Christmas party that were taken on my camera, and so I hope you enjoy them. It was a cracking night, and Miceal and Craig were awesome! Love to you, and I look forward to hearing how your Christmas went. Ali xx