Well that's it done and dusted for another 12 months - thank goodness. Please don't misunderstand, I do enjoy the festive season - some bits of it anyway. In particular I love to cook and silly season gives me an opportunity to make more unusual things and to really push the boat out a bit. I was also delighted to be able to put home grown parsnips and brussels sprouts on the table for New Year's dinner along with a plum tart made from plums my sister in law gave me in the autumn.
Alas our potatoes did not last beyond a month - well I knew I hadn't planted enough, but it's a definite delight to traipse over to the allotment and still be able to find stuff to eat. Leeks still to harvest and looking good and a couple of celeriac waiting to be picked along with two quite small turnips. I know it's not quite being self sufficient but this is the first year that I have actually managed to produce something through the winter season so I feel like I have progressed a lot.
On the downside and talking of over-indulgence, we had three days in a row of eating out at relatives homes. Which ended up as three Christmas dinners in a row and then I spent an entire night unable to sleep due to headache and totally bunged up plumbing (mine not the house).