I hope you all enjoyed Christmas. For me it was all over too soon as I was working until the 23rd and then back in on Boxing Day, but I do volunteer to work alternate Christmas and New Year as I think that is the fairest way for everyone. I might not have had much time off but we certainly made the most off it.
Chris’s mum, Nana, arrived on the 23rd while I was at work and stayed until the 27th. She’s a good sport, as this picture of her at 11am, glass of sherry in hand shows – we all had Christmas jumpers for the day, provided by Sophie, although I must confess I didn’t keep mine on for long as I was too hot.
After Christmas lunch we went on our post-lunch walk down to the end of our road and onto the nearby golf course – fortunately for us it was only spitting with rain and my heart goes out to those of you whose Christmas has been spoiled by the weather. I was watching the news last night and they showed the high street of Newton Stewart, my sister’s local town, totally awash.
When we got back, we sat down to Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and a game of Crystal Palace Monopoly! I always buy a new family board game at Christmas – some purchases have been better than others! This was great fun as between us we personally know about a third of the players on the board. Texts were flying to some of those players when we bought them and texts were returned from John Salako and Clinton Morrison saying they hoped we were winning!
Another tradition is for Nana to treat us to a poinsettia. Normally the leaves are already starting to drop by Boxing Day but this one is a beauty. We got it from the same place as our Christmas tree, which, we are all agreed, is one of the best-shaped trees we have ever had.
Nana was complimenting me on the other beautiful plants dotted around the house, the Christmas cactus, the cyclamen and the various phalaenopsis orchids – little did she realise that only two of them were real, the rest are ‘Peony‘!
Nana went home on the 27th, the day I took Christmas cake number two in for the backstage teams, and the next day the four of us went to watch the Palace v Swansea game. In some respects a draw was the best result in our household. Afterwards, we went for dinner at goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s restaurant in Purley. If you live in the area, you should give it a try, the food really was delicious and a bit different from the chains of restaurants.
So, having worked over Christmas, I am now off for the whole of New Year – I’m not back in until the 7th so it will give me a chance to get some writing done on the final book in the Liberty Sands trilogy – again, thank you to all of you who have given me wonderful feedback on ‘If He Really Loved Me’ and, if you do get a moment, a review on Amazon would really be appreciated.
Just like the previous few years I won’t be making New Year’s Resolutions as such. Instead I make a secret list of things I would like to achieve. That way there is much less pressure and no feeling of failure if you break a resolution early on in the year.
I wish all of you a Happy and Healthy 2016 – may your hopes and dreams be realised.
P.S. As a New Year treat I will be running a competition on here next week to win a Lulu Guinness handbag worth £325