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Christmas at The Watts’ 2018

Rebecca and Jamie have been tremendously excited about Christmas since the beginning of December and Sarah has made a huge effort spending lots of time ensuring the Christmas period was as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

As usual we were lucky enough to have most of Sarah’s family round from mid-day. Sarah had prepared most of the food the day before so the cooking of the turkey with all the trimmings and the cooking was to perfection. My role in all this was to keep Molly out of the way on her two walks a day and a bit of oven opening and closing on the actual day itself. The Christmas Pudding and pouring with brandy and setting fire to it was as spectacular as ever as can be seen from the video below.

Chalfont St Giles to St Peter Meadow Dog Walk

Walk from Chalfont St Peter near the Water Hall

As well as the usual walks through Newland Park, I tried my favourite walk between St Giles and St Peter and it was sheep free, an absolute boon when walking Molly and having her off the lead. The second walk on Boxing day was particularly beautiful with the mist descending across the fields and the dried up tributaries of the River Misbourne. The circular walk is really spectacular, if the Misbourne is flowing then that is the icing on the cake.

Cookham Walk to the Bounty Pub

Over the winter, Molly has been getting pretty mucky, so we decided to take her out on another one of our favourite walks from Cookham to the Bounty pub alongside the Thames. The Bounty wasn’t open but the toilets were (fortunately for me) which was very kind of them. The land alongside the river seems to be owned by the National Trust as they are now charging for the car parking there. Which would explain why everyone was parking near the centre of the village and walking from there instead. It was an extremely busy walk, but Molly loves getting into the river and chasing sticks or balls. She was a lot cleaner by the end of the walk.

Fabulous Christmas and New Year

I think I had one of my best Christmas and New Years ever. What a fantastic time we had as a family. On Christmas day we had the whole of the Birger family round – i cooked the turkey for 12 people – and still managed to over cater though – if you have been round you know I always manage that. Rebecca loved seeing Uncle John and took most of his time up through the day!! I managed to keep the turkey dishes coming for the following four days after Christmas!!

We saw quite a few people over the break, including a trip up to Ipswich to see ash and debs and their family. Rebecca and James love to see them – and we had a lovely walk to Pin Mill – what a beautiful location.

The Watts family on the beachNew Years Eve was also particularly splendid with Warren, Zoe, Geoff and HJ popping round for a slow roast lamb (out of Jamie Oliver – a delicious recipe) and a suitable hangover the following day.

Jamie throwing stonesWe then popped down to Eastbourne to see my Mum and Dad and my sister. Rebecca and James love to see Harry and Oliver and Auntie Sarah. These are the only photos I have to hand. Below are some of a walk round the Cuckmere Valley which is stunning, a very cold beach trip – but the children love seeing the beach 🙂

I also managed to get masses of work done – mostly on the new Grant and Stone web site which should be going live next week I’m hoping. I think it is one of my best so far if not the best. Huge amount of pages.