||[Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 7:30 pm]
Pasta night was replaced with Christmas night yesterday - it was the only Monday before Christmas that we were all around on! I say Christmas night, but the theme was actually cheese night with a collection of finger foods, two cheese fondue things, and a Christmas tree shaped cheese and Marmite straw tear'n'share thing. Om nom nom...
We also had a white elephant gift exchange. Our rules were that each gift could be stolen three times - on the third steal it became locked and the lucky winner got to keep it. We had an interesting collection, including a couple of kids games (they were very popular), a glow-in-the-dark moustache, a tin of baked beans (blame Beth for that), a literal white elephant plushie (elemnar's contribution) and I failed to hold onto a chocolate duck and instead "won" a copy of Damon Hill's autobiography.
And since it's advent, myself and elemnar have also started on each other's advent calendar. I can now reveal that hers consists at least partially of interesting teas from Arundel's Tea and Biscuit Club and Portsmouth's All About Tea. Mine also contains teas, at least one chocolate coin, and a bizarre plastic half-a-snowball with wheels and a surprised face. So far I've enjoyed:
English Breakfast tea
Turkish Apple tea (puts me in mind of Graze's toffee apple snack)
Smoky Lapsang tea
Strawberry and Cranberry infusion
Garden mint infusion
I wonder what tomorrow's pocket contains?