Category Archives: Christmas Day

TurkeyPigsy

And so another Christmas Day. Another year when we remember the pagans who celebrated the start of longer days, more sun and a promise of harvests to come. To new beginnings and old endings. To the continuation of ridiculous myths … Continue reading

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Many courses

In the wee small hours of this morning I was rudely awakened by sobs of deep sadness. These were followed by words spoken with light compassion, soothing and caring. I’d like to think that the quiet voice was in some … Continue reading

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Next Christmas…

George Michael died today. Imagine dying on Christmas Day? That’s about as sad as it gets. He was only 53. Since his death it has emerged that he was a massive philanthropist. Meanwhile, at our house…it was our first Christmas … Continue reading

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A diotoro

Way back in April, when we started booking stuff for Christmas, I thought it would be a lovely surprise to book three seats for The Nutcracker. Not for me but for mum. Mirinda knew of course, but I knew she’d … Continue reading

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Missing dad

Christmas Day with the Hassells was lovely. I had the assistance of Jason (my new sous chef) and Lauren in the preparation and cooking…and Lauren did a fabulous job on the menu board. You can see she’s included Emma. She … Continue reading

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Psychoanalyse this!

You don’t see a St Sebastian for ages and then, suddenly, two come along at once. This was painted by Andrea Mantegna in around 1458. It hangs in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Kunsthistorisches has rapidly become my favourite museum…EVAH! I … Continue reading

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Christmas on the beach

Today we went over to Fiona and Andrew’s for Christmas lunch. It was all very chilled and we all had a lovely relaxed time. Apart from a baked potato, the food was Australianistically ideal in that it was cold. There … Continue reading

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Merry English Christmas

There’s one thing worse than ingesting four separate varieties of fish for Christmas Eve dinner…when they swim back upstream in the middle of the night. I woke up, sometime during the dark, all hot and sweaty. We haven’t had the … Continue reading

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Talk of the town

This is the first Christmas I have spent apart from Mirinda and it is very odd. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas. That’s not to say it hasn’t been lovely spending it with my family. It was lovely having lunch … Continue reading

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Calendar mistakes

The day brightened up beautifully.  We started with grey clouds and what looked like becoming a grim old Christmas day but then, out of the blue, came the…err…blue.  The rest of the day was glorious though still cold. I’m starting … Continue reading

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