We're currently still in Newport looking after our granddaughter Gwenllian who is still on holiday from school. We're getting used to early mornings! She"s growing up fast though.
We've done the manic pre-Christmas food shopping and then I cooked dinner for eight on Christmas day. I've been converted to a using a steamer to cook the veg so this year the sprouts were just right. Thanks Sally for the loan as you wouldn't need it over Christmas. The turkey was very good and we had some left for a curry and cold meat to go with chips. We tried a whole turkey for a change from Tesco as the use by dates were good.
Paula made delicious individual fudge and toffee Pavlovas and we also had Christmas Pudding and brandy sauce for those with room to eat it. I forgot about the Christmas cake but we discovered it the next day.
Christmas morning started at 6.30am with Gwen setting her alarm to make sure she woke up! I love watching kids open their presents. We'd already had a pre- Christmas present opening at Sally and Dave's house as they would be away on Christmas day. Granddaughter Scarlett opened her parcel quickly taking the clothes off the top to get to the Lego underneath.
Clare and her husband Ben had their presents early too as we wouldn't see them on Christmas day. Thanks for our lovely presents everyone. Lots of edible presents too as storage living on a boat can be a problem. We had to try the lovely throw we were given so it's on the bed at Lisa's house where we're staying.
We visited Eric's sister Paula on Boxing day and she made a lovely spread of food. Time to catch up with family and Eric enjoyed reminiscing with his brother and sister. I always miss my brother and parents at Christmas, it's a time when families get together.
We'll Christmas is over for another year but we enjoyed time with our families. Back to the boat next week to recover!
The photo was Eric and Gwen in funny faces!