Charlotte and Lucas arrived on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, in her new car (a black Freelander, very nice!) Suraj arrived around tea-time, he had to work in the moning. At 7.30pm, all except Nan (broken wrist), travelled to Kettering for an evenings tenpin bowling. As usual, loads of fun and a good way to spend the evening before Christmas Day. We left at around 11pm, but if the truth be told, we probably would have been htrown out  if we had tried to stay longer as the Palmers (younger generation) were getting a little silly.
Christmas Day was: breakfast, open presents, Christmas dinner, play with presents, Christmas tea, played games, watched TV  and went to bed.
Boxing Day was Race Day. We all travelled to Peterborough for a days Greyhound racing. We all had mixed fortunes but for once I was hot! Out of 13 races I won on all but 3 and on one actually won £104.60 for a £1 stake (I was obnoxiously smug after that). A very profitable day for yours truly.
The next day most of the family went off to Northampton to beat the credit crunch and came back armed with bags and bags of stuff. Suraj even nipped into Woolies in Harborough at 5pm to take advantage of their ‘everything is 10p sale’. The family then voted that I should spend my winnings by taking them all out to a Nepalese meal in Desborough. I did and it was very nice.
The following morning we took Lucas for his first train ride. He was a little unsuire at first but soon warmed to the idea of the huge machines and loved it. It was a very cold day and the mince pies and sherry served on board was very welcome.
Suraj had to leave us on the day before New Years Eve as he was due back at work and travelled back to Newark. However, we all went out for a pub lunch before he left. The weather is getting even colder. The cats will be glad to see him as they have spent Christmas on their own (looked after by neighbours).
Today, I used my paper log maker, really good and dead easy. Tonight Sue and I are leaving the rest of the family to go to a New Years Eve Party (should be fun)

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