Happy Christmas to you all...
Then I will be up to London to escort my Mum to Merstham on the limited train service to stay until 2 January. It will be a change for Mum, which will hopefully give her a boost as she hasn't been away from her flat in Covent Garden for a long time.
The Menu will be something like :
Starter - Prawn and Salmon parcels.
Main - Roast Turkey with stuffing and trimmings, Roast Potatoes, Swede and Carrot Mash, and Steamed Brussel Tops with Rosemary Butter.
Followed by Christmas Pudding and Mince Pie with cream and custard.
Wine will be a Chateau Neuf-du-Pape with the main followed by a Dessert Wine and ending up with some Port.
It is really pretty good "dos" as my family says.
Mine brings a smile.
It has been a good year in most areas of note.
However, the BIG memory will be the brilliant installation of poppies at the Tower of London - "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red". Moving, provocative and very poignant.
19/2 Just Julia, Emmy The Great
21/2 Jake Bugg
7/3 John Cooper Clarke
26/3 Art Club, Paul Hawkins & the Awkward Silences, Summer Camp
1/5 Seth Lakeman, Billy Bragg
23/5 Duke Garwood, Seasick Steve
4/7 Hop Farm Festival - Jezabels, Lightning Seeds, 10cc, The Full English, Nick Lowe, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot, Echo and The Bunnymen, Ray Davies
5/7 Hop Farm Festival - Tinlin, Azedah, The Feeling, Paul Carrack, Slow Club (1), Nerina Pallott, Squeeze, James Blunt, Brian Wilson
6/7 Hop Farm Festival - Ordinary Noise, Meadowlark, The Dunwells, Danny and The Champions of The World, The Family Rain, The Beat, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Chas & Dave, Peter Hook and The Light, Marc Almond, Billy Ocean, Grace Jones
12/9 Paul Thomas Saunders, Rae Morris,
11/11 Happyness, Slow Club (2),
2/12 Ella The Bird, NEEDTOBREATHE
... AND I landed a ticket for next year's Glastonbury Festival.
Seven Cub Scouts achieved the Chief Scouts Silver Award this year.
Numbers have grown to 24 in the Pack, so we are now at full capacity.
All of this and my beloved Gunners won some silverware after all this time.
Getting a little late now, so I must to bed.
This has been a good year, and I am already looking forward to 2015.