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Xmas 2017

Christmas Day came at last.

Here are my Xmas flowers.

xmas flowers 2017

Harry made an amazing Xmas breakfast with lemon goujons and salmon.

xmas tableware 2017

As you can see, I have my longed-for Holly & Ivy tableware – there was a 50% off sale at Portmeirion before Xmas, so I bought just enough china for two place settings. It looks so pretty and makes me so happy.

xmas tableware 2

Then Harry cooked again and made Xmas dinner with roast chicken, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables, pigs in blankets and the best cauliflower cheese I’ve ever tasted. He made the cheese sauce from scratch and it had loads of cheese in it.

xmas cauli cheese

xmas dinner 2017

I made cocktails. The ingredients are white rum, Baileys, coffee, ice cream (vanilla or chocolate), whipped cream, fudge sauce and raspberries. You can also include chocolate milk if you have any.

xmas cocktail 2017

Harry had a chess set for Xmas – actually, he bought the pieces himself and I supplied the board, which is made of inlaid wood and is very large and heavy. The pieces are models of the Lewis Chessmen which were probably made in the 12th century and which are in the British Museum.

lewis chess

My breath was taken away by Harry’s present to me, he got me a glockenspiel. I love xylophones, vibraphones and all that family of instruments, yet have never owned so much as a chime bar, so I was bowled over to receive an actual glockenspiel. I love it and I don’t think it will be too hard to learn how to play.


The glockenspiel has a rather magical sound, like tinkling bells, and plays a part in Mozart’s Magic Flute, which is ‘our’ opera because we went to it on our second date. Here’s the glockenspiel scene, it is an excerpt from a 1971 production of The Magic Flute by the Hamburg State Opera.

So that was Christmas chez Gloria. We had Boxing Day today and tonight’s dinner is slices of turkey with broccoli and roast potatoes, cooked (okay, heated up) by me. I feel like we are now caught up with the rest of the world and are all ready for New Year’s Eve tomorrow. We are planning to make a cheese fondue and I cannot wait.

Merry Christmas, readers. I hope you had or are having a wonderful break.

90 minutes to go

About 90 minutes until Harry comes home.

Things I have done:

  • Two loads of laundry
  • Nearly all the tidying
  • Cleaned the hall
  • Finished knitting the scarf
  • Been to the supermarket for the remaining ingredients for Xmas dinner

I may have over-compensated with Xmas food as the fridge is rather full and there is a large chocolate cake that I think we will struggle to finish. Tomorrow we are going to roast a chicken because Harry is around to help me cook – in  previous years I’ve been content with pre-cooked slices. There is chicken gravy and all the veg and stuffing. Pudding will be a choice of traditional Christmas pudding or else there’s a pumpkin spice sponge pudding, both with custard. We have wine.

I remembered to get ice for cocktails and we have this year’s Christmas flowers too, there were still a few bunches left in the supermarket. I’ll post a picture of the flowers tomorrow, in daylight.

Things I still need to do (quickly!):

  • Clean the small bathroom
  • Put a table cloth and flowers on the dining table
  • Weave in the ends on this scarf and wrap it up
  • Have a shower and make myself more presentable

In the supermarket, there were heavily-discounted gift wrap and tags so I bought a couple for next year.

Xmas Eve

I just want to sit around and do nothing but Xmas is tomorrow and Xmas Eve is this evening, so I have a to-do list which I had better get on with.

  • Clean the smaller bathroom and give the larger bathroom a once-over.
  • Give the kitchen a quick clean and put the rest of the groceries away.
  • Reboot the laundry.
  • Superficial tidying in the bedroom and living room.
  • Clean the hall, this will mean disposing of some junk as well as mopping the floor.
  • Take the rubbish out.

At this point, all my rooms are clean at the same time, this always requires several days of housework and basically only happens once a year when I am on holiday from work.

  • Finish knitting that scarf, quick. There are only 22 rows left to go and I have to weave in the ends, then we’re done.
  • Find out what time Harry is expected. Have a shower, put on some clean clothes and make-up. Put a bottle of something fizzy in the fridge.

I’d better start on the hall. Hopefully it won’t take too long.

Maybe we can have a Xmas tune to help ourselves get in the mood. Check out this upbeat medley from the 1930s and 1940s. ‘In my Christmas letter, I asked Santa Claus to bring me you’.



I have missed World of Warcraft so much. I haven’t played any PC games for a whole year, because the TLYW Year of Console Gaming began at exactly this time in 2016. I will do a separate post about that soon because we need to figure out how to complete the programme.

That’s obviously Santa on the left and on the right is my main character, a level 104 undead warrior who is 11 years old this Xmas, isn’t that amazing. I’m going to collect her Xmas presents now and then repeat the process for all of my alts, there are a lot. They are all Horde. Lok’tar Ogar!

warcraft xmas 2017

That’s better.  I forgot she had a Christmas jumper.

warcraft xmas jumper 2017

It is the eve of Christmas Eve

Xmas is finally approaching. Santa is finally coming to my house. I’ve waited months and months.

I am home, having discharged all my responsibilities. Groceries are coming this evening. Tomorrow during the day I will finish cleaning the house, then Harry will come home and we will have Christmas Eve tomorrow evening. Then it is Actual Christmas Day on the 29th.

I would like to finish the cleaning this evening but I am too exhausted so here is my alternative to-do list for tonight (it is already 4pm and starting to get dark).

  • Make coffee, I have cream in the fridge.
  • Log on to World of Warcraft and collect my in-game Xmas presents (the first Xmas presents of this year, there will be more from Harry on Xmas Day, which is of course Friday).
  • Take delivery of the groceries.
  • Pour a drink, put on a Xmas movie and attempt to finish a hat and scarf that I’ve been knitting for Harry so I can wrap it up and put it under the tree before he comes home.

I want to quickly say thanks to everyone who has worked over Xmas. Thank you for that. Your efforts are appreciated. I hope you have a restful new year.

Xmas is not here yet.

I don’t care what it says on your calendar, it is wrong. Xmas has arrived when the following things have happened.

– My house is clean. It is not there yet despite my valiant efforts. I still have to do the bathroom and hall. I missed the last day of cleaning because I was in bed with a tension headache.

– Family members have been visited. Spending time with family can be challenging and effortful, esp when you are already tired from work. I expect you don’t need to listen to me going on about it.

– I am making dinner in my own kitchen.

Today I am going to eat leftover curry while looking after Mom.

So that’s why it’s not Xmas yet, no matter what you may have been told. I will let you know when it happens. It is still a few days away.

Winter Wonderland, London

Winter Wonderland is an annual Christmas fair that takes place in London’s Hyde Park. It’s quite a big event. I had never been before and then this year I went twice! It was great and I recommend it. You could go for a date, a family outing with the kids or with colleagues after work. It’s open during the day and in the evening, from 10am until 10pm, now and until 1 January, so you still have time to go.

Attractions include The Magical Ice Kingdom, which has a deep sea theme and includes lots of ice sculptures. I particularly enjoyed the one which I think is supposed to be a jellyfish, yet resembles something else. See if you can spot it.

There’s also the Ice Bar, sponsored by Smirnoff. It sells cocktails and shots and has a vaguely Greek theme. They give everyone a cape and mittens to wear because they keep the temperature of the bar below zero to stop the ice from melting.

There is a ferris wheel! I have videos.

There’s a merry-go-round.

A roller coaster, in fact there are several. I went on this one and screamed my head off.

roller coaster

There are fairground-style games. I didn’t manage to win a penguin.


There are lots of stalls selling Christmas decorations and giftware such as these lanterns.

There’s a restaurant that sells beer and sausages and has a Bavarian band. Nobody was taking any notice of the musicians and I was the only person who clapped. The musicians seemed surprised. I LOLd.


A revolving Xmas tree ride.


And that’s all today’s Xmas news.