There is not much in the way of the first attempt at the christmas cake left now. In fact, it has gone. Apart from being a little black on top, it was very good.
We can't make our own mince pies in Australia and have to import them?
Well, if they were half as good as these ones from Waitrose, there wouldn't be an imbalance in trade. The sachet of Tangerine Sugar was a nice extra touch.
Mother gave us this silver plate cutlery about thirty years ago. She must had still have had some money then. It is years since it was used but we will need it for christmas day. I expected it to be more tarnished that it is. You used to be able to buy a product that you put in water and soak the silver in it but it does not seem to be obtainable now, so I will have to sit down with the Silvo and polishing clothes.
Our building's christmas tree, same as last year and the year before, and the year.......
I'm not sure if these candles in a neighbour's window are christmas related. Nice though.
The preparation of christmas cake number two. The fruit has been soaking in whiskey for a few days. More whiskey is ready to go into the cake.
The butter and sugar are creamed and the flour, spices and egg is ready to be added.
And ready for a cool oven for a long cook.