Well well, it is now 2016, funny thing that. I remember when I was 10 years old sitting in the class room and my teacher Mrs. Chadwick talking about the year 2000 and I thought oh well thats alright I don't have to think about the year 2000 I'll be well over 40 by then so old I'll be dead. Well how wrong I was, now I am well over 50 almost 60 and alive and kicking... but not skiing.
We went to the Alpes de Haute Savoie, Les Trois Vallees, so there we were in Meribel me cooking for some clients and David trying to find some snow to ski on. He did find some right up high, luckily for me there wasn't much snow or ice so catering was easy. I wasn't sliding around on the road with my Roast Turkeys.
I cooked on Christmas day so David, Alison and I had our Christmas Day on Boxing day.
My beautiful friend cooking up a storm.
Our Christmas Day lunch table
My Pal and me
My David and me.
Very beautiful mountains and no me.
The start of our journey had a huge hiccup. We were having a big Christmas bash here on the 20th of December and were leaving the falling morning to drop Thomas our dog off with some friends. Only a three hour drive away, so not quite around the corner.. I had been very organised and done a lot of the shopping here for my catering gig in the mountains, I wanted to make certain that I had everything that I needed for a Mezze night, Lebanese, Moroccan, Spanish, Provencale.. then of course the traditional Christmas Fayre to be followed a few nights later by an Asian dinner, mostly chinese with Japanese to start and a Thai flavoured Salad, So I did not want to find myself with out any of the ingredients I needed.
We left a bit late and arrived at our friends house around 6 pm. Once we had said our hellos and the doggies had sniffed, wagged and woofed, I asked if I could put the frozen things in their freezer. Well I searched and I searched and could not find the bag. In fact I searched and searched and wasn't sure if I could find any of the bags. David was in charge of packing the car and I was in charge of packing everything else.
In front of our hosts I started to have a bit of a hissy fit, first the steam started gently out of my mouth, then started pouring almost hooting out of my ears then more came pouring out of my mouth, David was being put to shame in no uncertain terms. Ooh la la, what a worry. So I phoned our friends in Tour Tour and Peter said he would drive down check out for the bag of frozen prawns and put them in the freezer for me...I started to simmer down, the steam was becoming mist that would scald as it left my tongue. Then Peter phoned back, all my 7 bags packed with food were still there waiting to be put into a car boot....I was becoming panicked..I had organised everything down to the last detail but I had planned for any kind of mishap.
I thought I should drive straight home and back again, my train of thought was neither logical or clear. Peter said he would put all the food away and this why not drive back in the morning rather than the middle of the night. Very sensible and thank goodness for once in my life I listened to sense. I also decided magnanimously to forgive David, after all I should have checked the boot and we had been so busy leading unto leaving our brains were not working too well.
So we drove home in the morning, picked up my shopping and then did the long drive to Meribel 12 hours almost non stop driving and then I was working the next day all day..Not the way I want to start my working week. But it was all good and all ended well.
We came home with out a hitch on 31st December and had a very quiet New Years Eve and pretty quiet New Years day but we did go to see our dear friend Janet and family, played charades and did some pretty good belly laughing. It is Sunday 3rd now and time to get serious.
Websites, advertising, paint-provencing, gardening, painting, and I am teaching my first art class of the year on Thursday 7th. I am looking forward to it.
I shall be back to blogging on my other website s and in the meantime I wish you all a prosperous and wonderful New Year even though I may be a few days late!!!