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Hey, it's Xmas Day!! As we sit here in the sunshine - with just a breath of a breeze it's hard to think that it actually is. I've said in previous blogs that palm trees, even with decorative lights, are no substitute for the real thing. It's great to know that after lunch - an intimate affair with about 200 others - we will take a stroll along the beach in just T shirts and shorts. But do you know over all the Xmas' we have spent at home and all the rotten weather they have spanned, you don't actually take much notice of what's going on outside do you? When you are ensconced with family, friends and mountains of wrapping paper, silly pressies and the Queen's speech it doesn't really matter what's happening on the other side of the window pane. But it is nice to be in the sunshine nevertheless.
We have spoken to those of you we love and although we're all separated by thousands of miles, the sentiment remains the same, whether we're in rain, snow or sunshine, heartfelt greetings defy distance.
Lunch was well...different, though very enjoyable. The very full feeling afterwards is just the same!! Everyone had signed up to bring a particular dish for their table, enough for 16 people. I opted for fruit salad as I thought that was fairly safe, though I wasn't sure if it was to be an accompaniment to the main meal, or for the desert after it. No matter, some had it with their meat, some after, some both...who cares? Meat was some very tasty ham, convenient I suppose rather than turkey, though Turkey is I gather, by no means the norm. Expected veg included yummy sweet potato and potato scallops. There were green beans and sweet corn, but no Brussels and certainly no chestnuts! There was a pickle platter, green beans, beetroot, olives and dill pickle. Crescent rolls (courtesy of Mr Pillsbury, he's huge over here!) and ham glaze - a pineapple sauce with maraschino cherries in it, which was nicer than it sounds. Our tables' puds were Death by Chocolate - as if all that food wasn't enough to have sentenced you to that already - and cherry cheesecake, Hazel would have been happy. But there was definitely NO XMAS PUDDING :( Anita put that on our wish list please!! We shared our lunch with a couple from Washington State, two from Alberta and two from Maine; well those were the ones within talking distance anyway.
Just like home there is loads left so it's back tonight for ham sandwiches and bingo, we'll probably take ours without the bingo. Can't have too much of a good thing! Oh, by the way we came back sat on the sofa and cracked pecans instead of walnuts.
Well, we have been back for the ham sandwiches - hey this meal cost us $5 for the two of us, we have to get our monies worth!! But it seems it is just like home as there was a huge buffet laid out, trays and trays of ham, veg, pickles, rolls, puddings - everything all over again. Since we didn't have any room for food, we helped ourselves to a small plateful each and will take this with us for lunch tomorrow.
Tomorrow is a normal day, they've never heard of boxing! We're off to see some whooping cranes...and lunch is packed.