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Caro



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:59 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Same from me.  Our Christmas is now three-quarters over, but there was just the two of us this year (sons up north with in-laws).  We went for a picnic in an old gold-mining area - ate ham, Brie, rolls, tomatoes, lettuce and radishes.  Tonight big turkey, lots of stuffing, new potatoes, kumera, broad beans, and then a little meringue with strawberry and rhubarb compote (was about to say sauce, but nothing so ordinary).  

And main prezzie was the old home movies put onto DVD of our kids and activities from the 1980s, looking forward to seeing them.

Bestest wishes, Caro.


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Mikeharvey



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Caro,
Your picnic sounds delicious and inviting. What's Kumera?  

It actually is a White Christmas here. But I wish it wasn't.

Best wishes.  Michael


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Ann



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: Worcestershire

PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Christmas to everyone here. I wish you all a book filled stocking. A picnic sounds heaven in this cold, Caro. It is just two of us here, too, as both daughters can't make it although Skype is a wonderful thing. I'm doing pheasant for a change. We have a huge family get together (weather permitting) on Tuesday.


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Caro



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skyped our son last night and they are having a white Chrismas too, courtesy of the snow falling a couple of weeks ago and never since getting over freezing point.  We, used to cool houses in NZ where you wear much the same clothes inside as out, were amused to see our son wearing a tee-shirt.  

Kumera (perhaps kumara really) is a large sweet potato brought to Aotearoa (NZ) by Maori when they arrived here.  Very nice indeed.  Usually roasted, but good in a dish layered with oranges and brown sugar too.  Traditionally and still relatively frequently Maori would put them in a hangi (cooked underground with a certain type of heaeted stone that doesn't explode)

Best wishes, Caro.


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Castorboy



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A belated MERRY CHRISTMAS from me. When my Windows system developed faults, a kindly son-in-law installed Ubuntu on my computer.
It is an open source operating system built around Linux. The Ubuntu idea is that software should be available free of charge. I find it has altered the look of the BR pages with a noticable lack of adverts both at the top and bottom of the page. I wonder how long that will last!


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county_lady



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
Posts: 633


Location: N Worcs.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
A belated MERRY CHRISTMAS from me.


and me. I hope everyone received their wished for books or tokens.
Mine from hubby were Why does E = mc2 and why should we care? and a book of local memories.


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Jen M



Joined: 24 Nov 2008
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Location: Middlesex, UK

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

county_lady wrote:
Castorboy wrote:
A belated MERRY CHRISTMAS from me.


and me. I hope everyone received their wished for books or tokens.


and me.  I had hoped to get on here on Christmas Eve to post Christmas greetings but fell asleep in my chair instead!

And yes, I did get some of the books on my wish list.



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Billy the Fish



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Gateshead, UK

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best wishes of the season to everyone.....Now what about those New Years Resolutions?!



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