Sunday, 16 December 2012
Wow. What a weekend. I think our bellies are going to need a rest. Either that or we performed some good stretching exercises to prepare for the upcoming holiday season.
On Saturday night, we had a wonderful evening with our neighbors Jo and Tom (shown above) and their boys Max and Leo.
Here are the boys ready to dig in. (Nicole was at a friend's birthday party/sleepover.) For the Americans out there, those are "Christmas crackers" on the table (wiki link). You pull it from both ends and it pops. There's a small toy, a joke and a paper hat inside (typically). It's a big hit for the kids.
The picture simply does not do Jo's feast justice. What an outstanding meal. I can't imagine preparing so many things and having them ready at the same time. Well done, Jo! We had pork loin, sausages, dressing, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, carrots, red cabbage, regular cabbage and gravy. (Now you see what I mean!). Not to mention smoked salmon starters and a homemade apple crumb cake/pie/tart with cream. Unbelievable. They had to roll us out the door at the end of the night.
Given that this is our last weekend here before Christmas, I wanted to have a traditional Christmas carvery. I tried to get into the Coopers Arms last year but let it wait too long. This year I booked it a few weeks in advance. Fortunately, it wasn't until 2:15 on Sunday. I didn't eat until then (nor did I need to).
As you know, we are approaching the shortest day of the year. Believe me, it's quite short. Today sunrise was 8:13 and sunset was 3:50 (!) though there's a little twilight on either side of that. We've been in the dark going/coming to work for some time now. Ready to start the upswing!
post). You tell the waitress what you are having and then you go get in the carvery queue to tell them what you are having. They put the meat, roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding on your plate and then you top it off with more potatoes and vege. You certainly don't leave hungry.
It was all good, though it couldn't complete with Jo's spread from the night before.
And to top it all off, other neighbors of ours, Trev and Mandy, had the 3 families from our cul-de-sac over for "drinks" later in the evening. The drinks also came with loads of delicious finger food and "puddings" (desserts). I think I was still digesting lunch but I found a little room.
Here's Nicole and the 6 dwarfs (okay not really, but all the boys are younger than she). We let her scoot back to the house while the rest of use continued to enjoy the food, drink and company.
Trev is a real hoot. He set up a competition/game that involved winding a string tied to a spoon around a "peg" (clothespin). All the kids had a go and then the adults as well. It's always the simple things. Good times. Thanks for having us!
Well, I've either made you hungry or full. Hope you've enjoyed it.
I'll be taking a few weeks off from the blog. We'll be heading back to the States to visit family over Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.