Yep, it’s that time of year again. I’m collecting glass jars and the like for mincemeat creation later, and I’m preparing to do wonderful things with oranges and spices.
However, back to now. I made my Christmas cake on saturday. I was a bit stunned that it took 5 hours to bake, but it’s baked and ready for feeding with brandy over the next few weeks before marzipan and icing just before Christmas itself. If you want the recipe I used, it’s Delia’s; and you can find it here. I’ve used it before and found it’s a good one, and being Delia the instructions are detailed enough to make sure you have a good chance of yours being right.
Just for once, it’s nice to report something good. I’ve not posted so often lately because I didn’t want the world to believe that my life is eaten up by the stress of redundancy. It isn’t, but often I find that it’s the over-riding thing on my mind when I have time to sit and think about a blog post!
At the end of a cold and damp week, Ted and Dan come down to Bedford to pick me up for the weekend. I only just got home in time because I thought I had time to make one final trip to Tesco before they arrived, and I did, but only just! We threw my bags of goodies including mulled wine in the car and left, just as it started to really rain! We made reasonable time and got back just after nine including stopping for chips on the way.
In the morning after bacon sandwiches, Dan and I washed up while Ted and Dee went shopping, and then we sat on the riverbank and watched the tide – until it started to rain! Dan managed to aquire a headache during the morning, so he was sent to bed with tea and paracetamol. Dee and I entered “major bonfire build mode” which entailed finding loads of scraps of wood and a few pallets and other bits, putting them together in a big heap and then packing them with newspaper, odd offcuts of wood and any other garden prunings we could lay our hands on.
Karen and Colin the neighbours came over with their firepit, Ted located and wiped off a load of garden chairs and set them on the bank ready – all while Dan slept off his headache! We got everything sorted just as the sun really started to go down, then went in to warm up and get ready for a big evening by the river.