....This was Kelly & my first Christmas together, which was lovely. It meant a bit of project management was needed, but you know what, I am good at that! We caught a train up to Cambridge on 23rd December and stayed with Bev, Kelly's mum. The rest of the family gathered there, so Kel & I cooked for everyone the following evening, Christmas eve.
It was a classic ham in coca-cola affair, with mash & greens that seemed to go down a treat. On Christmas morning we all tucked in to our pressies - from which we all did very well. Kel & I cooked again, this time a big ol' English breakfast, before we jumped in the car, (on loan from Kel's sister Jodie), and made off for Leeds.
In Leeds we all gathered at Ruth, Andy & Jude's house. That meant mum & dad, (Nana & Grandpa) and Jean & Nige, (Nana & Grandad) and Andy's brother (Uncle) Steve were all in attendance. We drank champagne and opened more presents before seating to a fantastic lunch, all made by Andy.
Starting with a crab & lobster soup, then a small lemon sorbet 'cleanser', before a Turkey with all the trimmings. Dessert was a choice of panna cotta or Christmas pudding, after which the all important cheese board rolled out!
We played games that evening, including Andy's annual quiz and Jenga, before retiring to bed. On Boxing Day, Steve, Andy and I all went to Wetherby races, where we promptly lost lots of money, (but still had fun). Meanwhile the others back at the house had gone for a walk in Roundhay Park.
When home, we pulled together left overs and a cracking dauphinoise potatoes and got stuck in to more food. The evening brought about more games and more booze. The following morning, after breakfast, everyone departed. A wonderful few days in both Cambridge & Leeds was had, whilst Kel & I were just beginning to get excited about an imminent 2 night stay at Cowley Manor. Roll on!