With it being Christmas week, naturally it is a busy time of the year, and it was to be for us as well.
|A slightly smaller tree than usual|
Of course there is the usual shopping that has to be done and we spent an inordinate amount of time needing to shop – there are just so many times that it is possible to fill the fridge – I think we managed to fit twice its volume inside.
We have a really dumb dog – on one of our shopping expeditions we decided to walk into Stone via the towpath and whilst it was a bit muddy and wet in places it really wasn’t any real problem at all – until Banjo decided to walk a bit too close to the edge and simply slid into the water. He clung to the edge waiting for a hand to drag him out – interestingly, he had one of his coats on, which was completely saturated, but he was not – maybe, because of his many ventures into the canal, he might be picking up some of the protective oils from the swans.
|Lazy good-for-nothing dog - doing what he does best - SLEEP!!|
As it was the walk into Stone he remained that way until we got back, after which he was bathed – the bath may never be white again.
We decided to hire a car for the holiday weekend as we had a visit down to Watford planned and not wanting to or having to rely on public transport was just a little bit of a luxury.
|The finished pram-hood cover - her indoors refers to it as the conservatory|
So as to not waste having the car we then had to make sure that we got use out of it – a visit to Stoke to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie – again an enjoyable film to see; a bit of Toy’R’Us shopping; into Stone on Xmas eve to catch up with Howard and Janet (nb Compass Rose); there was also a Stafford visit on the day we picked the car up, so that ASDA didn’t miss on any further profits
We had Xmas lunch with Mike and Stella – so nice was the meal that it remains one of the great highlights of this last week – roast duck with an apricot-based stuffing and a blackcurrant-spiced gravy – very very nice indeed.
|wouldn't trust these two where there are drinks around|
|Stella and Mike and some interloper|
|Xmas lunch - very very nice indeed|
The usual post-xmas day of getting over too much sparkling wine (and the crook prawns).
A further trip into Stafford for a better look around the town – fortunately not too many shops open and my stomach felt decidedly better than in the morning.
We found plenty of time to catch up with everyone at Watford.
|a new olympic sport - synchronised something or other - Debbie and Pam|
|never trust a Liverpool supporter - Jonathon with Emma (brother and sister)|
|or a Chelsea supporter - Phil with his smart look on|
The weather has been a mixture of nearly everything – sunshine, wind, rain, cold and warm – only missing some snow – but that will come soon enough.
It has been so mild that we are planning to go out for a cruise for a few days – it is all nice and good with the marina, but you do start to get itchy for some movement – so we will be off (if it is not too cold or wet or if there isn’t something good on the TV or some other excuse – getting a bit soft we are).