Sunday, 22 December 2019

Winter Solstice

   The shortest day of the year. Here the sun rose at 7:49 a.m. and set at 4:45 p.m. In a few days time the days will, thankfully, start to get longer. Today was sunny which makes up for its short appearance. It was, in fact, rather a nice day today with the temperature in positive numbers for a change. I think it may have exceeded the forecasted high of 5C.

    I got cracking on a few tidy up chores around the house (probably the first time since the family left back in August). I worked on the rooms I don't use all the time - the main bathroom got a good clean and I won't go in there again this week, just use my little ensuite. Tomorrow is my last shop - I'm going out very early in the morning to beat the crowds - and Tuesday I will cook the bird, make the gravy (my least favourite job) and prepare some of the other parts of the meal. So Christmas Day will actually be quite relaxed. I tend to get rather stressed when I have to cook for company even though I have made Christmas dinner every year (except one) for almost 50 years!

Table is set except for crackers. Judy may bring some as I'm not a big fan but the grandkids like to have them.


  1. The gravy is the one thing I worry about too. I don't go for it much but some of the family do so the pressure is on.
    Good luck with the plans!

    1. I'm trying to decide whether or not to brine the bird. Stay tuned to see the result!

  2. Gravy! I make successfully when no one around to worry me but have dinner guests, no way, so now if guests are coming, it's store bought gravy for them! (col).
    Happy Christmas Chris to you & yours - your table looks lovely. Crackers, I like them but the Greta folks have deemed bad the environment - all those plastic things inside! So that's my excuse for not buying this year ...

    1. Yes, they do seem rather redundant and no one like wearing the paper hats anyway!