|Britain's most elegant WI committee.|
Just those two events. No wonder I was skinnier in my youth!
|Yes, I'm nearly blonde again (that's me in black & purple).|
Turns out that any work or social group of people here in Britain will have their own Christmas do.
|Charlotte is teething and not v. happy about it.|
I'm surprised I didn't end up having a party with the people gathered at the pedestrian crossing, waiting for the light to change.
|Uncle Simon is good with babies!|
I had (1) Christmas-y snacks with the ladies in the craft group. (2) A three course pub lunch with the sewing ladies (parsnip soup, roast beef and gravy with mixed vegetables, chocolate cake with white chocolate icing - which I couldn't finish. (3) A champagne pot luck with the WI.
Vivien won the big prize again this year, a bottle of champers. I've no idea who she pays or how much, but with her luck she really ought to buy a lottery ticket.
We had a quiz where, as usual, I didn't even understand the question never mind know the answer.
|Good job she couldn't see his slippers.|
I did have enough Latin to know that the city with the name that means 3 cities was Tripoli, and I did know that Ringo was the oldest Beatle, so I had a good night after all.
Then Grandpa took over.
Bill had a walking club gathering / party at a pub somewhere in there, but of course I wasn't involved in that one.
|Auntie Sarah's not very maternal (yet).|
Bill and I both attended (4) the running club Christmas party.
|She seemed to want to chew on my fingers...(I'd just washed them).|
As out-going chairman, it was my job to MC the traditional festivities, including various awards / trophies. Bill ran the raffle.
We also (5) met up with Vivien and Steve for a Christmas meal at a local pub. It was excellent food and great company. This is one tradition I'd like to keep!
|Chris always goes all out. That's a ham & turkey pie.|
We started with smoked salmon.
|The dining room mirror.|
Bill's children and Princess Charlotte (the first grandbaby) joined us on Boxing Day for the (7) traditional British Christmas luncheon, only with ham instead of turkey. I remarked that I wondered what we had talked about B.C. (Before Charlotte).
|I never met Trifle til' coming to Britain....heaven.|
The day-after-Boxing-Day we went to the newlyweds (Bill's cousin Mike and wife Chris) for (8) yet another sumptuous meal.
I was less than excited about this, I must admit.
|Some of the tree ornaments.|
Already tired and bloated, I dreaded it, but as usual I enjoyed myself once we were there.
|The !second! tree.|
Mike & Chris were still getting over dreadful colds / flu.
|Christmas cake... I just couldn't... We finished with|
a cheese board.
I was surprised they carried on with the entertaining, but Chris had obviously put in a lot of effort.
|The back garden even.|
Mike showed us his new toy, a 3D TV.
|The Queen in 3D ... a little startling.|
I joined a gym the next day.