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Fast away the old year passes…

Fa la la la la la la la la…

We are back home now after our visit to my mum in law in the care home in Shrewsbury where we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day together.

At midday on Christmas Eve the Care home hosted their usual Christmas party for residents and their families – we had a lovely meal and Santa came along too.


Old Rectory Wem

We stayed over on Christmas Eve in this gorgeous old Georgian Rectory hotel in Wem (minus the snow – it is a picture from 2 years ago).  Our younger daughter used to be assistant manager here and helped set up and open the hotel when the owner had renovated it.

Christmas Day was quite an unusual day for us.  For practical reasons (being vegetarian and not eating Turkey) we decided to visit my mum in law in the Care home after her Christmas Dinner.  Meanwhile we had our own very special 3 course meal in the Car park at the Battlefields just outside the town.  We were quite undisturbed until a few doggy walkers arrived in cars and we did get one or two odd looks.

Battlefields car park

And this is probably why…

Camping Stove

…we had our camping stove out boiling the water for our starter…

Making Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch - starter

Ainsley’s New England Vegetable Chowder Cup a Soup and we can honestly say it is one of the worst things I have ever had to eat.  We have never had cup a soup before and never again.  I expect it isn’t particularly this brand I presume they are all much of a muchness.

For the main course we had Wensleydale Cheese sandwiches with coleslaw, lettuce and pickle with a few hand-baked crisps, followed by a dessert selection of tiny Mince Pies, Chocolate Brownies and Caramel Shortcakes and a cup of tea.  I was a bit upset that I had forgotten to pack the crackers.

Christmas dessert

As you can imagine we felt quite stuffed after such a large feast and decided to drive back into Shrewsbury and go for a stroll around the park to walk it off.

    Shrewsbury Park

Because there had been quite a lot of water falling here the River had flooded the paths.

Shrewsbury Park 2

So we climbed to higher ground and had a walk around the town walls.  There is a lot of Georgian architecture here and almost every door had a polished brass letterbox and a wreath displayed.

Wreaths 3

Wreaths 2


Wreath 13

Wreath 12

Wreath 11

Wreath 10

Wreath 9

Wreath 8

Wreath 7

Wreath 6

Wreath 5

At 2 o’clock we went to visit my mum in law and spent the afternoon in the Care home opening presents and cards and reading newsletters from relatives to her.  We said our tearful goodbyes at tea time and headed home.  The roads were pretty quiet and it wasn’t long before we arrived back, but too tired to make a proper meal so we opted for poached eggs on toast for our Christmas Supper!

Wreaths 4

Our Christmas Day No 3 will be today with the girls and their partners.  This has been quite a long drawn out Christmas for us this year but we are enjoying it.