Ok, so the title is slightly deceiving. It didn’t actually snow while I was in Wales but there was enough snow/ice on the ground to cause difficulties, does that count?
I arrived in Wales on the 23rd to spend a few days with Elle and her family. I took one step into her house and realised I had entered a Christmas wonderland. I felt like I was in the Kirk’s Christmas shop!
The next few days were filled with a constant stream of visitors and family which was lovely. A rather dramatic change from my own family’s modest Christmas of 4 or 6 at a stretch! Christmas Day was a relaxed affair spent in our pj’s-literally all day! Sounds like my kind of day!
Boxing Day is the main event in Elle’s household. Fourteen people for a wonderful Christmas dinner of turkey, unbelievably good stuffing, mashed veges, sprouts, sweet roast parsnips and of course, gravy. I have never really had turkey before, only seen plenty of turkey related disasters on bad American films, but now I am a turkey convert…
Elle and I attempted to make a pavlova for dessert but, despite significantly contributing to the muscle development of our upper arms, it wasn’t a great success. Fortunately, there was trifle and cheesecake also…
Following Christmas feasting we moved to the living room to rest and begin the present giving ceremony. The craziest thing I have ever seen!
For my last day in Wales Elle and I braved the cold icy conditions to go shopping in Cardiff. Sales were still in full swing and to be honest, I’m just not cut out for that competitive shopping! Plus, all the shoppers are lugging around jackets, scarves and hats but the sales people are in t-shirts… Surely there is a balance to be found here! After persevering for a few hours we headed to Cardiff Bay via a tourist photo opportunity for me:
All in all a very enjoyable visit to Wales. Thank you Elle and family for inviting me into your home for Christmas!
Next stop: Barcelona!