Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Christmas 2008

So Christmas is all over and new year beckons. Cath, Emma and I spent Xmas day at home, Caths Dad, came to visit for a few very enjoyable days. As you can imagine Emma got a stack of presents, the highlights being, A till and shopping bag full of play groceries which she is carrying around everywhere, a Happyland School and playmat that she loves, and an "In the Night Garden" play doh factory which she is amazed by. Cath cooked a fantastic Christmas dinner assisted by her dad (While Emma and I played with toys), after lunch we went for a long walk down the thames to work off the excessive food and by the time we got home it was dark. Present wise I got a fab PWEI hooded top, some DVD's, the latest Jasper Fforde novel and National Trust membership so did pretty well. Boxing day it was time to get out of the house properly and blow away the cobwebs, so we went for a walk up the Uffington White Horse, it's very old and impressive and at the bottom of the Hill is a rather strange flat topped grass hill where legend has it George slayed the dragon, Emma got really cold while we were out (it was about 3 degrees but really windy) which she was not happy about at all, so off we went for a little walk around Wantage (Apparently this is where Alfred the Great came from) and then home into the warmth.
The day after that it was time to visit more family so we drove over to Guildford to see Sam and Sarah (Caths brother) and then on to Horsham where we stayed at Caths Mum's for the night. Caths Mum cooked a lovely Turkey Pie dinner for us and Anna and Lee (Caths Sister and husband) and of course we exchanged more gifts.
Sunday it was back to Abingdon via Guildford again, for a quiet evening in watching a film "Bank Job" and guzzling a little more festive cheer :)
Yesterday we went for lunch at the Barley Mow in Clifton Hampden, it's a really old thatched pub which apparently was featured in "Three men in a boat" food was fab and Emma loved the fact the pub was empty and she could run about like a loon. After lunch we dropped Caths Dad off in Reading so he could get a train to Gatwick for his flight home.
Although I have had 2 colds in the last month I'm now starting to feel like I've got that bad flu that lots of other people have had recently just wish it could of waited until the new year was over, but hey I'm sure I'll feel better with a couple of glasses of champagne inside me.

Favourite Food of the weekend. Xmas dinner, especially the fab turkey we got and the organic veg.

Favourite snack of the weekend. Pizza Express Mozarella Garlic bread (mmmmmm)

TV Highlights of the festive weekend, Gavin and Stacey and The Royle Family which were both fantastic.

Seasons greetings to you all.

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