Monthly Archives: December 2011

Our Christmas Celebration and Feast

Even though Santa came as scheduled on Christmas Eve, we left most of our packages under the tree so that we could open them with friends Linda and Mary once they had arrived from Seattle.  We also decided not to … Continue reading

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Boxing Day

After a wonderful Christmas, we welcomed some friends to our house for an informal Boxing Day lunch.  These friends were Tim, Emilie, and Emilie’s mum (the ones who cooked for us on Christmas) and friends Jeremy and Ivana from London. … Continue reading

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Christmas in Whitstable and Canterbury

Santa came. Much excitement and joy ensued.  (and grogginess from tired but happy parents) After a couple of hours spent opening gifts from Santa and exploring the contents of our stockings, we had a delicious breakfast of apple fritters (fried … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

The holidays have been truly magical in our sweet English seaside town and our cozy little house.  It has been the most social and least stressful Christmas that I think we’ve ever had.  Funny how much more enjoyable this time … Continue reading

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Ferry to France

On Monday, we took the ferry from Dover to Calais.  We only spent a couple of hours in Calais as we didn’t want to push ourselves or the kids too hard.  Mostly, we just wanted to see what the ferry … Continue reading

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Star of Wonder

Okay, well maybe that title is a little over the top (no pun intended).  I made a star tree-topper since Charlie has absolutely insisted that we need a star at the top of our Christmas tree this year, and we … Continue reading

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Christmas Concert

On Saturday, the local choral society held their annual Christmas Carol Concert in St. Alphege Church.  Holly has been singing with the group for a few months now, and this was a chance for the kids to see the group … Continue reading

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Rabbit Pie and Christmas Cookies

This week was noteworthy for us as almost all our evening meals contained some kind of local game. We had roast wild duck (roasting recipe came from Hugh F.-W. at River Cottage) with an improvised soy/orange sauce and soy/sesame steamed … Continue reading

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O Christmas Tree

This is our Nordmann Fir, purchased from Meadow Grange Nursery in Blean (and the kids are both sporting brand new haircuts!).  We spent a day in Canterbury finishing our holiday shopping and getting a few necessities.  On our way home, … Continue reading

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Catching up on Christmas Cooking

I’m enjoying a lazy day at home with the twins.  They are snacking and listening to Winnie the Pooh, narrated by Steven Fry.  SO…it’s the perfect time to do a catch-up post. I’ve been busy with cooking and baking projects … Continue reading

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