Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Can you believe that it’s finally here? I have a busy day ahead entertaining with family and friends. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and tucking into some yummy food and my selection of English wines. Whilst I do that maybe you would like to see what I have been up to in the build up this past week?
The Christmas Tree went up last Sunday which always marks the beginning of the festivities. You can’t beat the warm glow from a Christmas tree can you? Steve and I put on some carols and opened the port to ease ourselves into the decorative vibe.
I say it every year but our Christmas Tree is so beautiful. I love all the vintage and unusual decorations that I have collected over the years. It makes me very happy to look at it!
On Monday afternoon I met up with my good friend Emma and we headed off to the moors. Bovey Castle was our destination for our annual Christmas pilgrimage for their festive afternoon tea. If you have never ventured out that way I urge you to. Bovey Castle really is a special place. Whenever I visit I feel like I am transported to another time.
Our afternoon tea was filled with sweet and savoury specially selected and handmade treats. My particular favourite was the sour cherry and pistachio choux bun. A fantastic combination of sour and sweet and a real highlight for me. Emma’s favourite was the chocolate yule log. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a chocoholic! As always we had an afternoon filled with fantastic service, amazing, festive surroundings and sublime small morsels both sweet and savoury fit for a king (Or two hungry ladies!).
On Wednesday night a group of my girlfriends came for supper. An evening filled with laughter and plenty of delicious food. Viki was on nibbles, I was on the main course, Johanna was the queen of cheese and Chantelle was on chocolate duty. Let’s just say that the wine was flowing and none of us went hungry!
On Friday I met up with my old chum Cassie for a quick lunch at Harry’s. My regular readers will know how much I rave on about this family-run restaurant in the heart of Exeter. The service is second to none and the food is consistently great. A cocktail and a bowl of soup set me up for an afternoon finishing up my festive food shopping and gift buying!
With one more “Week In Pictures” before the end of the year scheduled for New Year’s Eve I have decided that it will be the last. The blog is 2 years old now and I have consistently written my weekly posts for most of that time. I am looking at other ways of sharing my experiences with you through the blog. Perhaps a monthly round-up of highlights? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I intend to focus more on recipes, reviews and lifestyle posts so watch this space. Is there anything, in particular you would like me to write about? Please do get in touch and let me know. I love reader feedback.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope Father Christmas is kind and that you relish the time off with your nearest and dearest. Let’s crack open the bubbles, open a box of choccies and let the festivities commence.