Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Fare

We had a very pleasant Christmas lunch. The meal was delicious, weather perfect, the children enjoyed themselves and everyone appeared to have a great time together. We started with Paradise soup, made with tomatoes, cucumber, with other delicious ingredients, someone else's recipe, served chilled for the warm day. The children were first to the table while the adults hovered in other parts of the dining room. I made the cake above as part of our contribution to lunch & forgot to photograph it before delivery. Looks like it met something at the front. The boys were keen to eat the reindeers, however as they were paper cut outs on tooth picks, they lost interest.

Our dining room has had a delicious aroma since the Christmas Cake has been completed & awaiting taste testing & ultimate demolition. I made two this year, one as a gift & both iced as the icing is much appreciated by those who enjoy the cake. Nothing grand just amateur decorating, with ribbon & paper cut outs on tooth picks, works for us in this festive time.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Week.

Once again, we started Christmas week by attending the annual Carol Evening in the beautiful Wellington Town Hall. It was not on my "to do" list for this year, however I'm very pleased we made the effort to be part of the audience and be inspired in the Season.
Perhaps because it has been so chilly, still with baskets of cascading pansies & lobelia decorating the courtyard, I've not thought of this as Christmas time.

Today is overcast, 13C with a Southerly still apparent & the heating turned on for now. Maybe if this continues, a traditional Christmas dinner will be in order.

The tree has been setup & the house in varying stages of decoration since advent, so I'll be happy to enjoy the sparkle until it all comes down, on January 5th.

I've managed to bake two Christmas cakes, one for a gift, so they will need to be decorated very soon.
On Friday we attended the end of year celebrations at school, where Josh had a part as one of the announcers for his class's performance. We had lots of laughs during the performance, especially when they sang & acted for the Boa Constrictor song. Josh awaiting his cue.

Well done Josh for reading your script without fault & realising new batteries were required for the microphone. Great hat!

No Christmas stitching, so to speak, apart from a couple of small ornaments to add to my collection, along with the two seen earlier & done for exchanges, which seems so long ago now.

Here's the ornament tree for this year although one can hardly decipher the ornaments.

I've made a couple of small purses, using some of my patchwork stash. They required so little fabric it has hardly depleted the collection. :)

The press studs for the tulip one are yet to be attached, put away so carefully I can't find them right now.