So thankful that we had the caravan parked right outside our kitchen door. It was the first time ever that the gas oven had ever been used :-) Our martinmas lanterns and tea lights were pressed into action and with the addition of LED torches and a battery operated radio, we have been doing OK. We even managed to go ahead with a planned shared meal with some friends and when Shalom prayers was cancelled last night, a few of us gathered in a friend's house instead :-) I have kept up with the daily photograph's so here they are in order:
DPP Day Five ~ Chifting
Also known as charity shop gifting! It was Pip's turn to have a one on one treat with me on Saturday morning. She bought a present each for Dave and Benedict, including wrapping paper from a local charity shop and we finished our treat with a hot chocolate.
DPP Day Six ~ St Nicholas Day
I cooked a mini roast meal of chicken, potatoes, greens, carrot and swede and mashed potato in the caravan alongside our yearly Speculatius biscuits. The Tomten were very bold this year and settled in at the bottom of my bed ... I think the power cut phased them and they forgot to camp out in front of the wood burner as in previous years :-)
The Tomten left gold coins, their yearly letter and some cosy fleece blankets, which were very useful given the power outage!
Veggies on the stove top ...
... and chicken in the oven.
Pip making the biscuits.
Our friends arrived in time for tea and in addition to their companionship they also brought a delicious bottle of mulled wine, which went well with the spiced biscuits.
DPP Day Seven ~ A Home Day
All schools were closed and the two bridges both in and out of the city were impassable. It was a day spent huddled around a gas fire and listening to regular updates from our local radio station. The team did an awesome job keeping everyone informed, some of the crew had been working over thirty hours straight by the end of Sunday evening! The two downstairs studios were flooded and the presenters stranded, so local folk including the two inns nearby kept them well supplied with food and beverages. Electricity North West have also supplied food vans dotted around the locales and our main sports centre opened its doors for emergency accommodation, warmth, food and showers.
Lovely flowers bought by a friend over a fortnight ago and still going strong.
DPP Day Eight ~ Cartmel
Since Pip's school is still closed we met with Sara and Tom and had a lovely day in a village near to them. There was a cold wind blowing but the sunshine and blue skies were much appreciated:
Ben fell in love with the church cat, that is known, loved and fed by everyone in the village!
We had a lovely lunch in "The Mallard" cafe followed by a wander around some of the shops. We tasted an amazing sherry that was truly, Christmas in a glass and bought a bottle to share over the festive period :-) I am not normally keen on alcohol, but even I have to admit that it was gorgeous!
We have another "no school" day for Pip tomorrow, so an outing is planned for the afternoon, weather permitting :-)
Advent Blessings x