TUESDAY 25/12 – CHRISTMAS DAY. Like a couple of excited kiddies, we got up early and opened our presents. Linda gave me a jersey, all five Viz annuals and a few little bits and pieces. Ann and Betty gave us lots of useful stuff including a book of 250 Tours of Britain.

Linda went off to work at 10AM and I sat round at home until 11:30 then went up to the Dove for a few beers with Bob, Steve and Richard. Lydia, Jenny and Juliet arrived at around 2:30PM and we had a few drinks while we waited for Linda to finish work.

Back at the flat we sat on the floor drinking wine and eating cheese, pate and biscuits. At 4:30 we all went into Warminster for drinks and Xmas goodies with Ann and Bet.

On the way home we called in to see Tina and ended up watching the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? on Sky. It was 8:30 by the time we got home and we had more to drink while we cooked up our late Christmas dinner which we ate with great relish while we pulled crackers and let off explosive streamers. The girls had brought us all rubber animal noses so we wore those while we ate.

By the time we had finished eating and doing the dishes we were all buggered so everyone went to bed.

Below are some photographs from that Christmas at Cortington Manor England. We were a bunch of Kiwi kids who had settled down and were happy in our little English world.

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