When I posted my last Friday's Fave Five we were still on course for a family Christmas. We were all so looking forward to getting together as a family. It would have been the first time the new babies met each other - and the first time all the aunties and uncles would have met all of them. It was going to be wonderful. I had the house prepared, tables borrowed and so on. It was so exciting.
But Covid numbers were rising and there were rumours of the 5 day Christmas break being reduced and we were being asked to be sensible and use our common sense.
Then on 19th December London was locked down, again, due to rising Covid cases. Christmas was cancelled. We had gone from Tier 2 to Tier 4 in just a couple of weeks. We were (and still are) on a Stay at Home order.
This of course meant my son and his family would have to stay in Nottingham. Thankfully they were able to see his in-laws who live nearby and who they are in a support bubble with so their Christmas wasn't totally ruined.
We then had a dilemma. We had formed a support bubble with my daughter and her family so we could still see them but that would mean excluding my younger son and his family.
After much debate and soul searching and, given that we have all been really careful during the whole pandemic but particularly in the week or so leading up to Christmas, we settled on spending Christmas Eve at my daughter's house, doing presents, big dinner etc and then my son and his family came here on Christmas day and stayed until the next day. We all agreed we were using common sense.
It was wonderful having them here after hardly seeing them but it was heartbreaking when they went home, not knowing when we will be able to see them properly again. We did get out for a walk while they were here:
As you can see we still needed our wellies and poor Rory kept saying "I don't like it" when he was sinking in the mud lol. He only fell over once bless him but we were glad of the foresight of taking wipes to clean up his hands and the all in one waterproof suit!
We managed to use the large turkey I'd ordered in anticipation of there being 8 adults for dinner and couldn't subsequently cancel. Nick's turkey broth was excellent as usual although it never tastes the same twice as there is no recipe to be followed. His turkey curry went down well too.
I don't think we've finished all the parsnips though. I ordered 2 packs of the honey roasting parsnips as on the left in the picture. I intended using one with our meal at our daughter's and one at home with our son and family.
Unfortunately the supermarket only supplied 1 of the ready prepared pack. So they substituted with ordinary parsnips as on the right. 6 bags of them! Just one bag was probably more than the prepared version but 6! The good thing is that I've grown to like parsnips over the last couple of years but not by that much lol.
But now Christmas is done and we're about to see in the new year. My decorations are still up and will probably come down at the weekend.
2020 has been the strangest year of my life and it's been hard not being able to see family and friends as we would like but, we have all stayed well and although those who work may have found that working from home isn't all they thought it might be they do still have jobs.
We have moved house and gained 3 grandchildren. That's how I'm going to remember this year and hope that 2021 is even better.
Wishing you all a better, and healthy year to come.