Saturday I went out with a friend for 3 course christmas lunch at the old medieval town of Tewkesbury. We had booked a meal at Ye olde black bear Inn which has been a pub or tavern since 1308.
It is reputed to be haunted ! infact on a summer visit with a group of friends my one friend felt something brush against her leg as did some diners on another table!, that particular room used to be the stables, so maybe it was the ghost of a stable dog?.
We wandered around some little shops, I got a nice scarf for my mum and heart shaped wall ornament for one of my friends. for whom I also won a gold sequined evening purse in a charity tombola!,and got myself some nice pyjamas( got to keep warm!)
There was a flea market in the town hall , had a browse and a cup of tea. looked in a few more shops. then took shopping back to car before the meal.
We had three courses for £10.99!, I drove there on the understanding that my non drinking friend who is a named driver on my insurance would drive back so I could have a glass of wine or two!
We had mushrooms in a light creamy garlic sauce on toasted french bread round as a starter , followed by full roast turkey dinner with lashings of cranberry sauce and a yorkshires, roast potatoes, parsnips and veg. ,followed after a long pause and a total of 2 glasses (small!) for me, chocolate roulade with Baileys cream..
We then moved the car to the other end of town to the abbey, were there were a full set of lovely gift stalls( I bought my parents some crab apple jelly!) and some mince pies for me and my friend. to have back at my house later with a cup of tea which we did.
Sunday after waking with v stiff hands and knees I went to the gym to mobilise them ( walking on treadmill etc and light hand weights!) lovely warm shower and then sat in the lovely soothing sauna in the ladies changing room.
Came home and prepared a fake meat chilli in a saucepan, my one friend is vegetarian!( before transferring to my slow cooker), jackets and garlic bread in oven,
My friends were coming for dinner and to decorate the tree and get it down from the loft for me. My female friend had bought brownies for pudding!
(a Better crocker mix) quite pleasant she has made them before.
After dinner and before the dessert the tree was got down for me and decorated, I assisted slightly. my main job was the washing up!
Have a little pic of it but I cant upload it! it says the file is too big!!