Pretty much everybody in our household is clearing off for Christmas, including us, so we decided to have an early Christmas dinner – last night. It could have been disastrous after the butcher failed to supply the ordered turkey, but Marks & Spencer came to the rescue. We were joined by several friends for who this was their first traditional English Christmas dinner and were enjoying the delights of stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry jelly, brussel sprouts, roast parsnips, Christmas pudding, mulled wine – and of course Christmas crackers – for the first time.
As predicted, karaoke afterwards, though I retired to the relative quietness of my bedroom as these last couple of days I have been feeling unwell with a cold. But it was all good fun, and a chance to enjoy some early Christmas spirit.
The news today is that Gatwick Airport is returning to normal, and I noticed that the Qatar Airways flight equivalent to the one we are taking on Monday is operating today, albeit 40 minutes late departing. The trains are also now running to Gatwick, which is good because if we don’t get to the airport we won’t be flying anywhere. It looks like milder weather will hold till Monday, so we should (DV) be good to go.