On the day we had Venison with a red wine sauce. The cooking instructions found on the Internet! Our local friends John and Sue had taken us to the butcher a few days earlier. The rich meal almost defeated us that included the usual roast potatoes and parsnips, with Brussels sprouts and carrots. Ann’s famous pudding with a sprig of holly to follow. Hot flaming brandy was poured over it and served with home made brandy butter. Perfec. Classic FM provided the carols in the background.
The gang came round for the evening. Our ‘Towers of Hanoy’ puzzle invented by a French man captivated Geoff. Readings from my father’s ‘Stuff book’ kept us all entertained with his jokes and stories. We made a punch with red wine and herbs and fruit that went down well with various cookies, puddings and mince pies. Geoff and Margaret had us all on board Seyella for Boxing Day evening. This time Geoff had created a quiz on his computer based on ‘Catch Phrase’. Once again we all contributed food n drink so there was still plenty to go round. Margaret made a turkey pie.
Between Christmas and the new year I face up to a bit of a mile stone in life with a naught and a seven to indicate my age. “Mum cannot believe it.” “More behind than in front as some would say.”
Ann and I have been boating since the mid 90’s and have enjoyed every minute of it discovering and exploring the waterways. It has all been recorded in our book ‘Life with a Narrowboat’ published on the Internet in our web site ‘moore2life.co.uk’. This year, 2011 will be the 16 th chapter! “Should I get it printed and stop?” We left the boat in the care of Geoff to head south and celebrate my birthday and the New Year. Our grand son Ben will soon be 7 and I 70.