A time to re­lax

Christ­mas on the Isles of Scilly is a mag­i­cal time, but its also a time to re­mem­ber hol­i­days – and peo­ple – past

Cornwall Life - - THE SCILLONIAN -

Joan – now not quite as ro­bust as she was at 103, and in our very lovely Park House Res­i­den­tial Home on the Park in Hugh Town. The staff there re­cently won an award for ex­cep­tional car­ing, which was richly de­served. So now I’m quite at home there too as the fam­ily visit con­stantly. They of­fered me a job there re­cently, should the res­tau­rant busi­ness go pear-shaped. Of course there are al­ready pear shaped pears in our kitchens.

Our fam­ily Christ­mases al­ter­nated be­tween Scilly and Berk­shire. One bar­gain I made when I came to live in the bo­som of the farmer’s fam­ily would be that Christ­mas would be with my rel­a­tives, sorely missed as they were. What overly high ex­pec­ta­tions I had of my turn – it all had to be Good House­keep­ing per­fect, leav­ing me, like so many oth­ers, too tired to en­joy it all. Or in­deed, one year, to re­mem­ber to keep the wa­ter topped up around the Christ­mas pud, al­low­ing it to glue it­self to the bot­tom of the pan in a splen­dour of splin­tered glass bowl. I seem to re­mem­ber cut­ting the top half off and serv­ing it with an ex­tra large clump of holly.

Have a happy (and re­laxed) Christ­mas.

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