Thursday 25 December 2014

Seasons Greetings to All

This year we are celebrating the 25th Dec as the 21st coincided with the local Capon Fair in Vilalba which is always an excuse to buy wonderful Artisan cheese which we couldn't miss. Tim is a bit of a 'cheesehead' and I am pretty keen on the stuff myself. Our home reared Turkey went in the oven early as she is 12 kg of loveliness and we spent some time this morning selecting the best of the garden vegetables. We have green beans, field beans, leeks, sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, most of which is fresh. The stuffing was made yesterday along with a huge vat of mulled local wine from our nearest town.

We made an evergreen bower on the 20th to decorate the sitting room which smells lovely as it includes bay, rosemary, flowering gorse, holly and ivy. Tim's family made them when he was a boy so many years ago.
Some plants are still flowering in the garden so I have a vase of fresh flowers and a vase of fresh herbs next to the lit candles. It feels  very christmassy and we are relishing just being together at this time. We spend so long apart during the year, it makes it extra special when we are together.
We also have blue sky and sunshine, the first for a few days so more reasons to be cheerful. Thanks to the joys of modern communication we have spoken to family back in the UK and all feels right in the world. Underneath the joy is an awareness that many people are not so fortunate as us. Poverty, war, disease, the list of horrors are endless but occasionally we just have to live in the moment and appreciate the life we have.


  1. Your Christmas dinner sounds delish! Do you have a recipe for the mulled wine? Enjoy your holiday and a happy New Year to you all.

  2. Thank you We just googled mulled wine to get the proportions of sugar to wine (Jamie Oliver's Recipe) but it is the same every year. Lemon, an orange with cloves in it, cinnamon stick, fresh ginger, grated nutmeg, star anise, bay leaf and a big glug of brandy. Have fun in your new house, it looks fabulous.