Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Deliveries and Left Overs

Yesterday we wrapped the very last of the presents with the intention that they will all be delivered by the end of this week.

This morning we have parceled some up to wing their way to Scotland by courier, this evening we are delivering some more in person and the same tomorrow and the day after. It looks set to be a busy week and we might have to break my car out as the boot on the Mini probably won't be big enough for one of the deliveries at least.

We had loads of chicken left from the Sunday roast so rather then wasting it, it is surprising how much you can get off what looks like a carcass, we made a lovely chicken and smoked bacon pie with a sweet potato and parsnip mash topping for dinner last night. It was yummy and very filling. Ideal for a cold winter night.

Monday, 11 December 2017

It Made A Change

After the initial disappointment at having wasted a weekend away from the boat due to a less then perfect weather forecast, we actually decided it had made a pleasant change to spend a bit of time at home.

We got a few odd jobs done around the house, cleaned it top to bottom and yesterday I made the first proper Sunday roast dinner I have made in a while. So all in all not a wasted weekend.

On the plus side we did make it to Liam's passport interview and he should have his new passport at some point this week. They said it will take up to a week to arrive but at this time of year when they are not that busy it can be in just a couple of days. So we shall see.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

What? No Snow

We have awoken this morning to the lightest dusting of snow after the forecast was for heavy snow.

Very disappointing!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Really Staying Home

We are in sunny Leeds this morning. It's a bit brisk out but a lovely sunny day.

We have weighed up the options for tomorrow and decided there is no point heading to Lincoln today to come back tomorrow so we are having a rare weekend at home.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Staying Home

There will be no boat for us again this evening, that makes it three Fridays out of four with no boat!

This evening we are attending my works Christmas party. Ordinarily we would have driven to the boat after that, but Liam has his passport interview in Leeds tomorrow morning. So it made much more sense to stay at home tonight instead.

Tomorrow morning we will be up bright and early to head to Leeds and get the interview over and done with. Liam should then hopefully get his passport some time next week.

With that over and done with we can then head to Lincoln to meet up with some friends who have come up from West Stockwith for the Christmas market weekend.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Last night we made a start on the mountain of Christmas presents that needed wrapping. A thankless task that neither of us really enjoys. But at least this year we didn't make the same mistake as last year and buy glittery wrapping paper! That really did make the job unpleasant.

We managed to get most of the presents wrapped and just have a couple to finish off tonight and a couple of birthday presents to buy and wrap and then next week it will be a week of making deliveries after work to make sure they are all distributed to the correct places.

Then we can start to unwind and relax. Christmas will be sorted.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

An Occasional Treat

As you all know by now we are trying to watch our weight and keep it down to a healthy level. But that doesn't mean it is all diet food and healthy eating. No we do allow ourselves the occasional treat.

On Sunday that treat was a lovely sirloin steak that we picked up from Walker and Walker, the excellent butchers in Woodhall Spa. We were sort of passing on our way back from the coast on Saturday so we made a slight detour to pick up what we knew would be top notch steaks.

And we were not to be disappointed. They really were very good, super tender and super tasty as we would expect. Served with a reduced fat cheddar stuffed mushroom, oil less fried egg, grilled cherry tomatoes and asparagus they made a hearty meal for a cold Sunday evening.

Well diets don't count at the weekend do they?