I just have to ask, have you ever tried to drive a car wearing a set of Angel Gabriel wings?
It's not easy and I can see exactly why he flew everywhere. There was some debate before I left home as to whether I was wearing these the right way up and I'm still undecided and must also apologise to Endsleigh for the unexpected moult on the...er...plush velvet seating.
No wonder Fred got annoyed with Ginger.
No Santa hats left anywhere in town, musical antlers also a feature, a special little woolly guest, lovely little Secret Santa gifts and some great Food & Drink reading suggestions against that fine backdrop of Georgina's original nineteenth century, hand-blocked, Birds of Paradise wallpaper.
Eventually I did shed my wings in the name of comfort, the Angel Gabriel can't have sat down in an armchair much either.
Nigel Slater got a look in twice with Toast and Eating for England and was loved for both, plus apparently his recipe for chocolate brownies is unsurpassed. Also much loved and with a food connection, Where Did it All Go Right by Andrew Collins whch linked in with Cupboard Love quite neatly and we all had a mad reminisce about Vesta Chicken Supreme and Butterscotch Angel Delight.
H.G.Wells with The History of Mr Polly and all the food eaten therein and Guernsey Potato Peel Pies etc were well received, Schott's Food Miscellany absolutely fascinating.
Blackberry Wine by Joanna Harris and Raw Spirit by Iain Banks both got a bit of a nul points from their respective presenters, but Joanna made up ground with her much-lauded, The French Kitchen and much sage nodding of heads and a general Chocolat adoration ensued (except from me who still hasn't read it or seen the film). Finally a cookery book that had us all coveting mercilessly, Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros.
And just because we can't do anything without having a prize draw now, thanks to Faber for four copies of the fabulous play that I took along to the Salon last month, The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall. I am going to see it, and in the company of some esteemed theatre critics too.
Names in comments but only if you can assure us all that you really are sitting there wearing a set of musical antlers, a Santa hat or a set of Angel Gabriel wings.