Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I got up too late to go to church. Had a leisurely breakfast of croissants and jam with Anne instead. I am rather nonplussed at how early most of the Christmas church sevices are. There is a rather nice Anglican church just one block away from where I live but their Christmas service is at 7am! Whom are they kidding? At least it is 9:30am at the cathedral. When I used to be a regular at Presbyterian services in the '60s, the morning service began at 11am! Much more civilized.
I got to the family Christmas do at Paul's place at about noon and talked mainly to Joe.
The lunch was ham plus roast lamb plus roast chicken, all of which were good.
After lunch Paul skyped Vonnie in from NZ and we all had a chat with her. I missed seeing her at the do on 23rd. Practically all the family were there except her. So it was good to catch up. I discovered that I had bought Hannah a bicycle with trainer wheels for Christmas, which she really liked. I just tell people (mainly Jenny) to buy whatever they think fit as presents from me and I just pay, which is a very satisfactory arrangement for all concerned. I have selected some great gifts that way!
The biggest excitement for the day (aside from seeing Von) was the dessert: Trifle PLUS Pavlova -- two of my favourites.
I found Timmy lying flat on the floor of the billiards room at one stage. I think he had been bending the elbow a bit much. But otherwise everybody just sat around talking. It was a relaxing and congenial party rather than an eventful one.
About 3pm Joe and I left for my place and we had chats over a cup of tea on my verandah -- discussing "secret men's business". I was pleased that he seems to have no money problems. He lives on his scholarship income without difficulty. I have always been that way too. We also discovered a few more parallels between our lives -- things that I did when I was younger and similar things that he has done recently.
Joe has taken a great interest in diet, health and fitness in recent times so he told me a bit more about that. He seems to be putting it into practice in a reasonable way. He certainly looks fit.
Hannah on her new bike