We are away from the boat for a few days celebrating Christmas with family in south Wales. The boat is being watched over by friends at our Llangollen winter mooring. We survived the journey but the weather was horrendous- the car temperature showing an outside temperature of -4 decrees C as we headed southwards. Ben was glad to be out of the car in snowy Newport. The next day was the Christmas food shop and our daughter Clare looked after Ben for us once he'd had a good run around the park. To say it was busy is putting it mildly and it took ages to get what we needed with the number of people shopping and the checkout queues. We picked up the mail from Paula-Eric's sister including lots of Christmas cards and then back to Clare's house where Ben was waiting looking out of the window!
Soon it was Christmas Eve- one more sleep til Christmas and we were looking forward to seeing our granddaughter Gwenllian after we'd had our Christmas dinner. We had turkey with all the trimmings but it was quite strange this year as it was dinner for four or should I say five as Ben had some turkey with his dog food! Lisa and Gerwyn wanted dinner in their own house and Sally and Bob had other plans too. Eric as usual was the taxi service and he went to pick up my dad for dinner and he spent the rest of the day with us. It was great to see Gwenllian opening presents - at 20 months she's quite a sweetheart and we were entertained with her favourite songs until she was so shattered she needed a nap.
Ben was having a quiet hour or so while we did the visiting as he's too big and boisterous for Gwenllian. He'd also like to help himself to her soft toys. He was a very good boy while we were out considering he'd not been alone in a house before. He's used to being left in the boat which is a little different. It was three to one decision to watch Doctor Who although my dad had other ideas. We're now lounging around- eaten too much, not drunk enough yet and 'Gavin and Stacey' has just started on the TV- so its bye for now!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!