The recovery

For the preparation that goes into Christmas Day, it is over before you know it.  My fridge is still very full but I have sent sons and fiance off with food parcels and DH is working his way through the ham and turkey.  I have almost recovered from all the activities on the day and now enjoying a few quiet days.

I didn't take very many photos - but here are a few from our family day.
The children young adults opening their gifts.
Making the glaze for the ham - it smelt so delicious - if only the smell of apple, maple syrup, cinnamon and cloves could be turned into a candle!  Caius helped me prepare the ham.
Tristan made the pavlova all by himself.  He baked the base on Friday (meringue) and decorated it with fresh fruit on Christmas morning. He used strawberries, kiwi fruit and passionfruit + grated dark chocolate and when he got bored with grating the chocolate he placed the rest into the middle!!
He was so proud of his masterpiece. And it tasted very rich and delicious.
 Ruby wasn't overly pleased with her usual quiet morning being disrupted but she didn't mind playing in the empty boxes.


Today is DH and my 20th wedding anniversary

Wow - pretty amazing!!

And no, before you ask - no plans, just thank the Lord for those 20 years.
He has taught me much on this life's journey.



  1. Happy Anniversary! 20 years is a real achievement.

    The pavlova looked delicious.

  2. Happy anniversary, Jo! ♥ My Dearest's birthday is Boxing Day so we are still clearing the food & mess ~ & will be for some time. Blessings on your day.

  3. Wow, time has flown, congratulations!! (we are about to clock up ten years!!!)
    LL S&L

  4. Congratulations on your anniversary - what a milestone! Modern marriages just don't last like that!

    Your food and fun looks like it was very enjoyable! And the leftovers are always wonderful - the hard work is worth it when you don't have to cook for a few days afterwards, I reckon!! :)

  5. Clara - we are having the last of the turkey tonight

    And I am eating left over ham right now (toasted with cheese and mayo).

    On average most divorces end after 12 years.

  6. Congratulations Jo! It's a great achievement and milestone in your marriage. You are a true blessing to us with all your words of wisdom!

  7. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! Congratulations!!


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