Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day -sunny and warm

Just back from a long walk in the sunshine with Tracey, Crumble and Macca -really overdressed for this weather especially climbing the hill to Puycasquier! Now enjoying a guilt free slice of Christmas cake while the dogs sleep!

It's peaceful in my space, away from the lads watching Boxing Day sport -so lucky to have all this room to spread out in. Paul and I cooked a wonderful Christmas meal yesterday: pan roasted turbot that cost an eye watering number of euros but was well worth it and parsnips, sprouts and cauliflower picked from the garden a few hours before cooking.

I was so busy watching the fish stock and stirring the egg custard that the steaming pan ran dry! No damage done and after a decent interval we all tucked into a well flamed slice of dark, soft pudding and a very smooth custard flecked with vanilla seeds.

My quilting frame is still waiting for the new part so I've used the time to unpick a hood from a cardigan for Tracey and knit a collar instead. It worked surprisingly well and has lightened the garment to make it wearable.

We had a great present opening time yesterday -lots of need for co-ordination with matching and themed gifts, and lots of fun teaching Macca to unwrap his parcels. Oohs and aah's all around for some wonderful and some unusual gifts - many thanks to family and friends for their very good choices.

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