Mix and Match

One of the residents invited us to her Christmas Buffet the other night. Hubby insisted I went and he would stay here with the dog rather than leave her alone in the house.
Having checked with our host by email as to what I should take so as not to embarrass myself, I went armed with a bottle of wine and a handmade card.

Hubby, bless him, had gone down to check on the boat and came back with my jeans and new sweater so that I could look smart (we’d only brought up our basic clothes, nothing for ‘special’).

I was surprised by the warmth of my welcome, as I don’t know this lady very well, only really because she has a dog, a dog that sadly doesn’t like collies, so always barks at Maggie. I was greeted with hugs and kisses like a member of the family, and when she said ‘I am SO pleased you came!’ I felt myself blushing and coming over all warm and fuzzy.

She had laid on a fantastic spread, catering for all tastes, including vegetarian. Conversation, like the food, was plentiful, and I recognised a lot of faces as it was a good mix of residents and boaters.
rainbow marinaThe house was packed, and I was soon sweating profusely. I couldn’t take my jumper off as I had nothing on underneath other than a (new) bra, so I stood as near to the door as I could in the hope of getting some air.
Her house has a totally different layout to this one with the lounge at the front and an open staircase. Her kitchen is at the back, and behind the stairs is an entrance to a dining room with patio doors leading into the garden.

I didn’t get to eat very much actually, mainly because someone or other was always engaging me in conversation! What was really lovely though was that everyone asked after Maggie. It would appear that she has won the hearts of a lot of people who see us on our daily walks.
Everyone knew we were house sitting and were curious as to how we were getting on ‘off water’. Although we’re still new to the boating life, adjusting back to house living has been ‘interesting’.
We have managed to reduce our utility usage by turning down the thermostat on the central heating, turning off the under floor heating during the day, discovering which is the short cycle on the washing machine and not using the electric fire in the conservatory. Some of the residents found this odd, but I explained we were not here to run the bills up.
We have made ourselves at home, are very comfortable, and as always, budget aware, even though we are not responsible for any bills during our stay.

Time sped by, and before I knew it, it was almost 10 o’clock and people started to leave. Not wanting to overstay my welcome, I asked if there was anything I could do to help with the clearing up. There were already several volunteers, so I asked if I could take some little nibbles back for Hubby which was greeted with an ‘Of course!’ and a helping hand to fill a tray with a few miniature pastries, samosas, spring rolls, mince pie, quiche, sausage rolls and a small dessert. He had quite a feast!

The evening was really mild, so I changed and we took Maggie out for her final wee. We didn’t need coats. It’s hard to believe it’s December! We should be having this:

frozen marina basin 2Not this

bb at sunset


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Mix and Match

  1. colinandray says:

    Christmas can really bring out the best in people. An ideas on how to make Christmas a convincing year long celebration???

  2. DM says:

    Sounds like you had a great time, and Hubby did too! I am cut out of the same cloth as he…I would gladly have stayed home to watch the dog..but still getting some goodies to eat afterwards. that would have been an unexpected perk.

  3. Ann Koplow says:

    We’re having the same kind of weather here. Love the beautiful weather in this post.

  4. Mary Job says:

    You had a great evening…as Colinandray said, I wish it could be a year long celebration where everyone is super nice and pleasant. The weather is also changing or has changed virtually everywhere.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful party and a delightful hostess. (It was 80F here today, but very cold coming in Sunday – so we will walk the dog in the mild weather and enjoy it while we can!)

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