Because our friends and family are scattered all over the country, we at Tribble Towers really have to plan ahead, and even then we can’t fit everybody in!
Yesterday I made my now-famous (sort of) piccalilli – with a difference. Instead of cauliflower, this batch contains romanesco, which I accidentally stumbled across at the indoor market on Friday. A very pretty vegetable and tasty to boot.
We’re keeping most of this batch, but I’m sure that my mother-in-law would like some, because she loves everything I make. Tomorrow I’m going to make some more sweet chilli courgettes (zucchini), and on Tuesday I’ll be making more of my red onion and rosemary confiturra (and shall remember to publish the recipe this time, since so many people keep asking me about it).
I should have been at the farmer’s market yesterday, securing some venison (or possibly some wild boar) for our Christmas dinner, but I’d overdone it during the week. Fortunately it’s going to be back this coming Friday so I’m still in with a chance.
I already have my obligatory silly (but now actually very fashionable) festive jumper:
I know, I know… the last time some of you saw a jumper like this it was being worn by your Dad in 1977, along with a paper hat and corduroy trousers as he carved the turkey on Christmas Day. The reason these designs are back (but possibly not as garish as the first time around) is, basically, these guys:
Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, aka Team Tardis. We may have lost Karen (Amy) and Arthur (Rory), but Christmas is not Christmas without a Doctor Who Christmas Special and I’m excited to meet the new companion, who looks as though she sparks off nicely against Matt Smith’s Doctor.
In early December we’ll be spending a weekend in Cheltenham visiting my family and friends. My Fourth Doctor scarf, my fez and possibly my inflatable TARDIS shall be coming along to meet our friends Jan and Laura for Christmas drinks. The reason for these additions to my luggage is perfectly simple: between us Jan, Laura and I are The Geek Girls Of Gallifrey and, while Jan has met the scarf, she hasn’t had the chance to share it with me and Laura hasn’t met the scarf yet. I just know that they’ll be happy to pose with me while the scarf is around all of our necks – and if nobody else wears the fez then I will!
The most important person that we’re visiting is, of course, this dude:
Who else is having to plan Christmas early due to time limits/distance/disability/whatever? Are any of you making gifts for people? Aside from pickling I’m cross-stitching. Forget the dress making this year; I’m only good at making dresses that are good enough for me to dabble around in the garden or slouch around the house!