Nollaig Shona Daoibh

Well here we are, Christmas Day. I got up late this morning and opened the present I bought for myself:

It’s not exactly light reading, but grimly fascinating. I ordered it through the splendid local bookshop, by the way.

As I had my coffee I had a visit from the local Robin, who seemed to be carrying out a pitch inspection.

A crowd of very noisy seagulls have arrived in the neighbourhood today, which seems to have scared the other birds off.

Now I’m going to have a late breakfast (a fry-up) before preparing this evening’s dinner. I’m not sure it’s worth seeing if there’s anything worth watching on the telly, but there is a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah on the radio this afternoon so I might listen to that.

Update: first course. Smoked salmon seasoned with fennel and lemon with pan-fried asparagus.

Update: main course. Confit of duck, roast potatoes, red cabbage spiced with cinnamon & apple, chestnut and orange ciabatta stuffing and port sauce.

I don’t mind telling you the duck was delicious!

Update 3: Dessert. Plum Pudding with Brandy Cream.

Anyway, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas, Nadolig Llawen, Nollaig Shona, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Joyeux Noël, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, Glædelig Jul, etc. And in the words of a traditional Irish toast:

Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís!

4 Responses to “Nollaig Shona Daoibh”

  1. Don’t forget to leave out food for the birds! Indeed leave out some extra as there is a shortage of their normal sources this year.

  2. Phillip Helbig Says:

    What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than some Christmas songs sung mostly in Irish (.i.e. Gealic) by Ireland’s best progressive modern beat combo, Horslips?

    Their other albums, especially the early ones, are 70s progressive rock, but sometimes dealing with Irish themes. Sort of similar to Jethro Tull from around the same time, but a bit folkier (which territory Tull moved into around 1977).

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