I had a lovely Christmas day. I enjoyed having my dad stay with us, because it gave me someone to cook a roast dinner for (my family would prefer if I served pizza for Christmas dinner). The spuds and sprouts were home-grown. Absolutely everything was made from scratch. I'm particularly proud of my bread sauce recipe, and the gravy was delicious too. The secret is a glug of Madeira. But the mustard-glazed ham (from our local farm-shop which has its own superb butcher) was the star of the meal. Ed had a cheesey suet roll for his vegetarian main course.
I got a big pile of great books which I'll be reviewing as I get through them. The first one I started on after Christmas dinner was "Guerilla Gardening" by David Tracey. Dad gave me one of those devices for making fuel bricks out of waste paper and card, and we already ripped up most of the wrapping paper to make our first brick. There was a solar powered personal radio for listening on the allotment. I'm very excited about a USB microphone I got, because I'd like to add a regular podcast to this blog. Lindsey gave us board games for the family to play together. And Stephanie made hand-painted t-shirts for everyone, and for me a chopping board pyrographed with a green man, based on a photograph of dad. I think that's my favourite present of all, which puts Steph ahead of the game. She gave me my favourite present last year, too.