"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Blessings

This is quite a nostalgic moment. I sit here on the edge of my bed, while Michael sleeps. I need to upload some pictures off my camera and phone and thought it a good idea just to add them to my now almost non-existent blog. I am not even going to make any resolutions about blogging for 2016.

For now, I am savouring the moment. The house is starting to stir and Gareth and Hayley, Matt, Steve, Caroline and Dale will be leaving us to join their partner's families for their Christmas celebration.

I know how special these times of all being together are. We chatted last night about our previous themed Christmas Eve parties, going back many years and the people who have come and gone (some more permanently than others). My mom is amazing and manages to stay strong at these times. She had a cousin who passed away yesterday and a very close friend who she heard was in ICU. 

It was Matthew's idea to get away for Christmas and what a great one it was. For him to split himself at home between his family and to try and spend quality time with everybody would have been impossible. Here we have all been able to share ourselves, whether playing fuseball, walking on the beach or standing stirring sauces at the stove. Awesome times and lasting memories.

Clyde Amy and Kim
Test kitchen
Hayley and Amy

Sundowners and Eggnog on the balcony

Three Stooges

Mom and her grandchildren

Dalene  Haylz and I

All the ladies (Kim had gone home yesterday)
Moved the furniture around a bit

Me and my Muskateers

This Nigella Lemon Curd Pavlova from our test kitchen needed a picture
The Vans

Mom and the Sisters

Dale, Steve and Caroline 

 The fuseball contest

Looking forward
Alfie having a chat with Haylz


Quiet times

Cocktails on tap

And of course Alfie

Let me go now. Time to share a last cup of tea on the stoep and load up the cars. We are here until tomorrow.

Happy Christmas to you all.

I could not resist this one.