First thing to do was put the washing machine on and start the process. There is a LOT of washing after a four week holiday. Next was open the post and all the Christmas Cards over coffee. There was a lot of coffee drunk today just to keep us going. Last minute Christmas presents were wrapped and then bedtime.
Christmas Day dawned cold and bright. After breakfast I continued with minor things until it was time to leave for Dinner. Loaded up with presents for the two boys we went over through the cold but thankfully no snow. Apparently it was warmer than it had been but very cold compared to Madeira. Santa (Grandad) arrived with the sack and was cheerfully greeted with the "More Presents, Can we open them now?) from 4 year old Hayden. A mountain of paper grew in the middle of the floor. Boxes were stacked high in two places - His and Mine (Brendan and Hayden) Finally dinner interrupted the fun. Our son had cooked a beautiful Christmas Dinner and I had made the traditional Christmas Pudding, finishing the last steaming before we went. The childrenate a good meal as there were more presents after dinner. My DiL had made some Christmas biscuits for later on with a cup of tea and we sent home very well fed. Below are just a few photos.
|I got a space suit|
|I got a T-shirt|
|A remote control car. Thanks!!|
|A remote control stunt car. Thanks Grandad.|
Morning came very quickly. We had been invited to DS 2 and family for the day. We arrived for lunch, a buffet fortunately so eat as much as you like was very much appreciated. I was still full from yesterdays feast. Today proved just the opposite of yesterday. The boys, Rees and Devan, had new whatevers for their play stations or whatever version they are now, I can't keep up with all this stuff, and so we hardly saw or heard them. Coffee and food was on offer all day and adult talk about how to put new lighting in the bathroom, bedrooms and kitchen; how to alter the kitchen to use the space more economically; how they had had the conservatory altered to make it into another living space, etc. You get the drift don't you. I never got my camera out of its' bag, so no photos here then.
Mid afternoon and we made our departure for home, total peace and some sewing. I was starting to get withdrawal symptoms.
A small glass of Madeira wine to celebrate the passing days and bed.