Ridiculous , I passed a bank of daffodils in full bloom this afternoon and primroses are already showing in the hedgerows . Well Christmas is well on its way - to date I have missed my Mary Berry moment - a whole tray of home baked mince pies turned to a delicate shade of black as V' needed a call of nature at the critical baking point - my honey glazed ham looks more dazed than glazed - I received numerous Christmas cards from people I had decided not to send to this year and I have been wrapping presents which was always V's forte ( I was the finger and sellotape man ). I somehow manage to cut the paper so it doesn't quite meet or so much that it is impossible to fold over at the ends . I manage to stick the tape to my fingers and my language is appalling and I have lost all the labels for the presents - I know I bought some - well I think I did . I certainly bought brussel sprouts , I have enough to see us through until the end of February . I look forlornly at the fridge hoping it will magically inform me of all the things I will be needing - but then I think perhaps I should clear out the chicken stock which has been in there for the last three weeks - it shouldn't bubble should it ?
My second batch of mince pies look passable - I am not very keen on cooking cake type things as I don't like it when other people eat them all and they are gone - so much effort and you have to share .
Ordinary meals are fine to share but I always want to hide my mince pies and get them out when everyone has gone . Still I will put on a brave face and reluctantly offer them round .
I do hope you are all able to enjoy your various Christmases and lets all raise a glass to ourselves on Christmas day - the toast is " to all carers and those we care for - Happy Christmas "