“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree”. There was no partridge in the pear tree at Towerwater on Christmas morning, just a Cape bulbul and a healthy crop of pears.
We decided to enjoy this treat with some Christmas tea from the Marriage tea emporium in Paris. Esprit de Noël (Christmas Spirit) is a black tea flavoured with mild Christmas spices, pieces of orange zest and vanilla. Our friends from Paris joined us in spirit, esprit de noël to be precise.
We were in for a treat with the homemade mince pies. They tasted the way mince pies were intended to taste. We will most likely never be able to go back to supermarket-bought mince pies. Carol generously shared her grandmother’s recipe with me, but I think it may be easier to invite her for Christmas with her mince pies.
On a sunny morning we were surrounded by the fragrance and flavours of fruit, spices and hot pastry while we relaxed into the day catching up with an old friend.
|Photo - Susan Cashin|
Susan was supposed to make trifle but Susan never trifles with dessert and produced a piece de resistance instead.
On the first day of Christmas we celebrated tradition and friendship with a 9 hour lunch in true Towerwater fashion.