Christmas day saw us enjoy Christmas lunch once more at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel (after an exquisite Christmas lunch at Cliveden House Hotel).
After opening presents in the morning, our wonderful neighbour and friend Libby, joined us for a festive lunch at the wonderful Macdonald Hotel who are just a short walk away from us in Windsor.
Dining to live jazz in the centre of their dining room: silver and white decorations at every turn, we indulged in warm homemade bread, chicken terrine, smoked salmon and capers and turkey with all the trimmings of course. Peter enjoyed cod.
Cheers (my dress is by Next and Libby and I brought some sparkle to the proceedings)!
Here comes the food…
Champagne sorbet was the amuse bouche pre-starters!
Smoked salmon with capers.
Chicken liver terrine.
Turkey and trimmings.
Delicious breaded cod.
…Our desserts spanned chocolate truffle, apple tart, Christmas pudding and a cheese board.
Every course was an gastronomical delight but the desserts stood out the most for me (I sampled every one naturally)!
It’s been a precious few days spending time with those we love. It’s also been a hard time too as we remember my darling auntie Zak who is no longer with us.
Attending church on Christmas Eve to listen to the choir before Prosecco inside and nibbles, I said a prayer and left a note on a dedicated tree where worshippers could pen thoughts to loved ones on jewel coloured card.
My birthday and now Christmas has felt so bittersweet. A time to rejoice and feel grateful for so much yet also a time of grave loss and sadness.
I’m going to hang on tightly to the memories, to feeling comfort in the love we had and that will endure and in the many amazing friends and relatives I feel close to.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I filmed a short vlog of the day if you fancy watching it..
Huge thanks too the NHS staff who sacrifice family time to keep us all safe x