New Year’s Eve 2013

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The Wheatsheaf

We drove over to The Wheatsheaf at Titchmarsh for their celebratory NYE meal. We got together a party of ten – Carol, Jo, Janet, Lee, Nick, Celina, Ralph, Karen, Ann and me – and made an evening of it!

The food was superb and although we got their relatively early – 8pm – the hours flew and we were soon singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and seeing in the new year together with a small fireworks display. The weather was foul, but we made the most of it and watched from inside the Pub!.

We got home around, 12.45, watched a bit of TV and then crashed-out around 1.30 (which, for new year’s eve, was quite early for us) – we were shattered!

Happy new year everyone! See you in 2014.

Christmas 2013

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Mum arrived on Christmas Eve (she’s here until Saturday) and Lee had stayed over from the weekend. So, this year was about a close as it gets to a family Christmas.

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With all the pressies under the tree and the three-bird-roast awaiting its fate, we were all set. Lee and Mum were in fine form – and more particularly, Mum’s health and general state-of-mind seemed to be surprisingly good given all the recent scares and phone-calls.

First job of the day: present-opening time! The best part!!!

Mum: Cash
Denis: A case (!!!) of alcoholic ginger beer
Bev: A bottle of Bailey’s
Roger, Jane and Oliver: DVDs – ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘The 13th Floor’ and ‘World’s End’
Book: Doctor Who 50th – Essential Guide,
Book: Doctor Who – Life and Times
Jo and Janet: Grooming Set
Carol: Bottle of Vintage Port
Lee: Cash and Brown Shoes
Nicki: Book: 50 Years of Doctor Who Assistants, DVDs –  ‘Journey to the Far Side of the Sun’ and ‘Existenz’
CDs: Carpenters – ‘Close to You’, ‘A Song for You’, ‘Carpenters’ and ‘Now and Then’

Ann to me:
DVDs – ‘Now You See Me’, ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’
Book: Doctor Who – The Vault
Pair of ‘Jam2’ portable Bluetooth speakers

Ann pressies from me:
Matt year Book
Jam Thermometer
Cooking Thermometer
Tom Kerridge Cook Book
Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds

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The three-bird surrendered without a fight and cooked beautifully. By 12.30 we were sitting down to a festive feast – and then some! Mum ate like there was no tomorrow, and even Lee tucked-in to more than she normally would!

Two hours later, we were all uncomfortably full, so Ann and I decided to take a short walk round the estate. The weather was quite sunny, but not particularly warm (at least no snow!)
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With the obligatory walk over and now feeling smug, we sat down in front of the TV – and that’s where we stayed. As past year, it was ‘Strictly’, ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘EastEnders’ (I’ve recorded Doctor Who, so I can watch it in peace, when the house is a little quieter!).

By 8pm, Mum was flagging and she headed for bed – we three stayed up until 10.30 (late for us two!) and then we hit the sack.

Boxing Day
Roger, Jane and Oliver joined us for a left-over lunch (cunningly disguised as a buffet). Ann also slipped into domestic goddess mode (minus the drugs) and created a massive trifle just in case we weren’t full enough! Yummy!!!

Mum’s with us for a few more days – returning Saturday.