Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas 2014

This year has been a challenging one in several ways... There has been the emotional periods as this was a year of dealing with illnesses and aging,  rethinking the feasibility of studying two programmes as well as working full time.
So Christmas came in a piece meal way for me. There was the searching for sales paired with  assessing the usefulness of  the items being sold. I was quite lucky in that one of our supermarket chains was undergoing a rebranding exercise which led to several 'Madness sales" which catered to different tastes and needs, so that I was able to purchase "fruit cakes" which lasted until Christmas and beyond, due them having generous soakngs of rum ( after the purchase of course). This saved me a lot of time and effort and brought me to a state of anticipation, that Christmas was doable this year.
Closer to Christmas  Eve, one of our baking companies kept up their delivery of lemon flavoured cakes which topped the taste of a sponge cake which in ordinary times would have held its own in terms of price and taste.
This same supermarket chain catered to smaller families in terms of smaller turkeys, ducks  as well as other items which could have been used for gift giving, so I became even more entused about Christmas as time passed.
Image result for pastelles imagesThere was the usual Christmas preparation which involved lots of physical activity and rethinking of  my assessment of little used skills. Will I become a house painter in the future, so that I can develop excellent house painting skills? Will I ever learn to make "traditional tasting pastelles"? Will I lose my taste for corn cakes and corn pies or my desire to make them?

Holy Rosary Church
This was also a time for good news as one of our churches was re-opened in time for Mass on Christmas day! This was one of the churches that I grew into as an adult so I am looking forward to seeing it open to the public again. Of course I may not visit until February as I am still growing! See the link to the article which expresses so much about this church that it made my day.