Good morning ladies ............ & Gareth, in case he has popped in.
I hope you had a very pleasant Christmas Day & that you are managing to take advantage of this slightly longer weekend break. I know I am.
Did Father Christmas bring you lots of lovely goodies (or whoever buys the presents in your family group)? I do hope so - any crafting goodies?
I was thoroughly spoilt. Firstly I didn't have to lift a finger all day - we spent the day with "Bob's other son" (Cheeky thing even signed his Christmas card that way!!!). He cooked dinner for all of us - himself, Bob & I, Russ & Nadine. Bob & I arrived reasonably early & we even had bacon sandwiches for breakfast. Bob then went & collected Russ & Nadine about 11 o'clock, & once we had settled it was time to open presents with Russ acting as Father Christmas passing the gifts out. I received some very nice chocolates from various people - so there goes the start of my diet in January. I also had a couple of books - one from Russ & Nadine was the Oxford Dictionary of names - which is surnames, first names & place names. That will be very useful when I am researching family histories. As I do a lot of my research on my net book whilst sat with Bob watching TV - he bought me a Laptop cool tray. It even has a built in fan for cooling - it's not overly quiet so could become a nuisance if used whilst we are watching TV. I have my net book sitting on it now - its really good. From Gareth I received a Kindle - I told you I had been spoilt - so yesterday I sat reading the Users Guide then searching out some books to store on there, I have gone for some of the old out of print classics - which also have the advantage of being free.
Oh yes - one of the presents from Russ & Nadine was a Marmite Breakfast set which was a toast rack, knife & jar of Marmite. I love Marmite - Russ can't stand it. But ............... they also gave me a bar of Marmite flavoured chocolate!!!!!!!!!! Hmm, there's going to have to be a big bit of courage to try that.
My friend Veronica gave me the most beautiful round magnifying glass on a lovely ornate stem type handle with a tassel. Again it will be very useful when reading old documents. Come to think of it some new paperwork as well - who am I kidding about eyesight.
Back to Christmas Day - we had an absolutely fantastic day, with a lovely Christmas meal & happy, loving company. I say Christmas meal - we also had cheese & biscuits around supper time. Thank you Gareth for a lovely day & for all your hard work it was very much appreciated & I felt you needed a more public thank you that is why I have repeated it here.
So! after that - yesterday was a really lazy, relaxing day, & today is going to be the same. I am going to sit here & continue writing up that family history research - it's for Nadine & I hope to give it to her New Year when we will all be meeting & going out for a meal next Monday for Bob's birthday which is on the Tuesday.
Yesterday morning when I arose there was the most beautiful sunrise. Now I know I have done one of those before but I couldn't resist taking another picture - I will probably add it here tomorrow as I have not uploaded from my camera. But the only way I could frame it with something was to go outside the front door - which I did. Fortunately there were no passers by at that time as I was still in my dressing gown. Boy, was it cold too.
Well that's more chat than I thought I would do. More tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of the festive season.