As is tradition at work, rather than go out as a group for an festive meal to an impersonal and oft noisy local hostelry, we instead take it in turns to entertain chez nous, and this year the honour to host has befallen onto us to entertain chez Castle Greysquirrel and have as such taken it all in our stride…… despite a teensy, weensy hiccough!
Most of the Yuletide decor had already been done, thanks to Darrell and his artistic flair, ably aided and abetted by Nigel and a little help and advice from Hugh, our friend in Notting Hill, who leads the showbiz life …… so no panic there.
The party bags were also prepared in advance by all of us on Saturday night …. while we watched Strictly, followed by X Factor and then I’m A Celebrity.
All that was left to do was the food …… by which hangs the
tail tale hiccough! We were in charge of the main meal, to wit hot turkey baps with stuffing, cranberry sauce and lashings of gravy, while our guest were to provide nibbles, puddings and light liquid refreshment and so …Darrell was sent out town to purchase our chosen comestibles ……
……. a most ample sufficiency of baps ….. and the aforementioned others …..
…. mostly importantly, a nice plump turkey ….. however when he finally got his most, to be, considered purchase home, we found that he hadn’t considered it quite enough ……. because once divested of all of its plastic wrappings, we discovered that the turkey possessed only one leg!!! Oh Mon Dieu. What had happened to it’s other leg, goodness only knows, and perhaps it’s not best not to dwell on such matters …… but only one leg did it have!!!! By then it was too late to go back to the shop for an exchange or buy another turkey leg to stick on with cocktail sticks to disguise the fact that ours was devoid of one of his/hers!