They spent Christmas Eve with the Slovaks ...
... and Christmas Day feasting with family and friends.
The little ones joking and singing.
A break in the rain on her birthday.
They ventured out.
Much of the Somerset Levels around them still under water.
Slipping and sliding along muddied paths.
Sodden, claggy earth sucking them in.
Forging on across an old bridge.
Chasing distant sunshine.
Swollen, sullied River Parrett.
Engorged and muddied.
Twice it's usual depth.
The road now passable at Parrett Works.
The crack of a clay shoot nearby.
Arriving home ...
Warmed mince pies and hot chocolate.
The next day Mr VJ whisked her away for a birthday surprise.
To Combe Grove Manor, near Bath.
Beautiful views (apparently),
but they couldn't see through the hoizontal rain!
They swam in the pool,
and watched a black and white movie.
They had a delicious meal here.
Unctuous carbonnade of boeuf, sweet potato mash and buttered savoy.
The following day it was STILL raining!
And ate at Jamie's
Sharing a plank of soft mozzarella, hams, salamis, chillis
and a salad of minted winter roots.
Rabbit ragu and fennel sausage.
On New Years Eve they partied at The Crooked House.
They said goodbye to 2012 ...
a year of mixed fortunes, a challenging year,
some sad memories ... some good ones too.
They welcomed in 2013.
Happy New Year!
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and peaceful one.
Hey Kris ... hope you enjoyed the 'toady'!