Today’s picture shows a Christmas Tree (or possibly a church spire) creation in sugar and chocolate that my son Anthony has prepared for the festive season.
Yesterday was just a momentary break in the procession of miserable days that have lead up to Christmas. Today it was back to perpetual rain and grey skies. There was no opportunity for a little walk as yesterday’s effort had made my cold worse and rest was the order of the day. There was no real chance to while away the time by looking out of the window either.
Luckily Alistair and Clare were able to entertain us so we didn’t get bored.
I made a leek and potato soup for lunch while Mrs Tootlepedal and Clare erected and decorated our Christmas Tree.
…and then we went to Gretna to do some last minute shopping. I bought an umbrella for my Christmas present to myself. We had a brief look at the starlings as we left the shops but the weather was too gloomy for sandycam to make a good job of them.
When we got home Mrs Tootlepedal devoted herself to cooking a leek and ricotta roulade for tea. Clare is a vegetarian and this lets Mrs Tootlepedal venture down unusual culinary roads. The result was very pleasing for a first effort at the recipe.
Al and Clare are keen gamers (that is they enjoy board and role playing games of every sort) and after the roulade, they introduced us to a very gloomy board game called Pandemic where in a co-operative way four players try and save the world from pestilence and disease. We failed. As Mrs Tootlepedal observed, it didn’t make you feel that the WHO has at all an easy job because as as soon as one outbreak was solved another popped up…just like real life.
I just managed to catch a flying bird in the gloom. I haven’t used my photo editor to make it look brighter than it actually was this time.