On Christmas Eve, Sarah and I met for our annual “Prosecco Pies and Presents” afternoon. Like last year, this took place at the lovely St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin (we even managed to get our table which was a treat!)
Having had a giggle over the fact that we had nearly wrapped each others Christmas gift identically, we got down to the business of giving
But only after our prosecco had arrived and we’d had a gander at the menu, obviously!
For her Christmas gift, I got Sarah this midnight blue wash bag with a view to it travelling with her when she goes away with work in the New Year (exciting!!)
I adored my pressie – a stunning green 2016 diary with gold lettering on the cover
My old friends at Liz Earle also made an appearance in the form of their brand new, limited edition “signature blue” nail colour (which celebrates the 20th Birthday of the brand). This colour had me dreaming of summer, showing off twinkly toes at the beach and simultaniously sinking them into the sand – but we’ve awhile to go before we can start thinking about that properly!
Shortly after the flurry of wrapping paper, string and “thank you’s!”, our lunch arrived
I had the warm goats cheese and fig salad with pomegranate and rocket
While Sarah tucked into the Anchovy Bruschetta with Gazpacho
Both went down well, although a bit more cheese wouldn’t’ve gone a stray on my plate!
We took our time over lunch and as we still had lots to chat about, we decided to be a bit cheeky and request if they had any mince pies like they did last year (there were none listed on the menu this time)
Liam had looked after us very well all afternoon (he seemed to be the fella in charge of the conservatory area) and in true Christmas spirit, he tapped his nose, nodded and said “leave it to me”. Sure enough, Liam delivered mince pies to us in no time at all! (He definitely got good presents from Santa this year – I’m sure of it!)
With only a few sprinkles of icing sugar left on the plate and the sun long gone, we opted for a black coffee each before turning homewards
Once home, I left the usual out for Santa and Rudolf (got to have your priorities people!)
Then with tired eyes, it was time to go to bed – safe to say – the whole house was looking forward to what the morning may bring!