Sunday, 22 January 2012

Merry Christmas?

The staff have once more been neglectful, and haven't updated this blog for aaaaages!  I'm considering interviewing for new secretaries, anyone interested? 

So, I thought I would share my Christmas with you.  I will have another couple of posts on our trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park separately, 'cos there are rather a lot of photos from that day.

First of all, on Christmas Eve, I had to do the inspection of the annual mince pies as LT brought them out of the oven.  They certainly smelled very nice at this point, but LT wouldn't let me have one as she said it would burn my mouth!  (might have kept him quieter - LT)

Then there was, of course, the leftover pastry and leftover mincemeat turnover, that is entirely LT's to keep, except it disintegrated a bit coming off the tray... it still tasted good (he snuck a bit when my back was turned - LT)

Here I am on Christmas morning getting a good view of proceedings from the top of the tree.  It took LT a while to find me :oD

And here's the whole tree (well would you have spotted him?! - LT)

Here I am guarding the stockings until LT's gran got downstairs:

Later on, before dinner, it was time for some celebratory champagne, 'tis the season and all that!  I got a little truffle to munch on with it too, inside the sequinned Christmas pudding.

After one has stuffed oneself on scallop and bacon salad, followed by venison, surprise tarte tatin and brassicas with parma ham and parmesan, then Christmas pudding, what else would you have to round it off but Christmas cake...

On Boxing day we all headed over to the Lowry at Salford Quays in Manchester to see Scrooge The Musical with Tommy Steel.  Here's the building all lit up at night (well, 4pm or so!)

After having some dinner at Cafe Rouge before the performance, we went and investigated the bridge heading towards Old Trafford:

And finally, waiting for the performance to start - I think the stand in photographer may have had too much to drink with dinner...

I'll be back next week with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park...


ginger@bearbits said...

Delightful! We enjoyed the tour and seeing what Jack gets into over there - across the pond.

~ginger & Sebastian

Sarah said...

Jeez jack, a whole bottle of 'poo just for you? Lucky bugger, I just got a couple of glasses and I'm 20 times your size.... Well done on the hidin spot though, no wonder she didnt find you!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Jack,

Gee, we have missed you BIG TIME. Love all of your Christmas adventures and traditions.

Heaps of Hugs

Alli said...

Jack makes those mince pies look delicious! Is parma ham ham with parmesan... with parmesan?

Kays Kids said...

Jack it sure was great seeing your Christmas photos. I sure would have loved to taste those pies.
That bridge looks pretty special all lit up. (what did you say.... lights on at 4.30 I don't believe it. It does not get dark here until 9pm at the moment because of day light saving.

susan said...

A belated posting is better than no posting at all. I would dock the sectretarial wages if I were you!

Quilter in The Gap aka Rhonda said...

Jack, it appears your festivities were quite entertaining for you. I must say they were probably quite entertaining for those around you when you ventured out of the house. Would you please ask Katy and LT to get you some pants? It just isn't proper for you to be gallivanting around town with your bottom half hanging out. You are much more proper than that! I am sure blame is to be place elsewhere (LT) but you really should start pushing the issue...rumor has it Katy is quite the seamstress!

Alan said...

Hey Jack, it's great to have you back on line. We all enjoyed LT's cooking (and her Mum helped too). In answer to Sarah, you did only have a Jack size helping of champers - it was good though, a vintage and from a single grower. Boy did LT's Mum and I have fun doing the tasting in Champagne last July.
The ham and Parmesan were in the veggie tarte Tatin we had with bambi fort Christmas dinner. It was a different take on veggies and excellent.
As stand-in tog all I can say is that without me your night out would have been missed, so less of the lip.

The Bear's Blog said...


"less of the lip? Did you hear what he said, Jack? Are you going to let him get away with that remark? No, no, no.....


Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Hello, I've been enjoying going through some of your archives as well as today's post. This is my first time here but know I will be back to enjoy more of your adventures. What a lucky bear you are.

I am now a follower.

diane said...

you made me smile