31st December 2020 by emmadurnford

31st December 2020

Day 288 since the start of the 1st lock down.

A few days ago we planned a long walk before the end of the year and the weather looked good for today. Needless to say the forecast did not live up to reality and it was literally freezing cold and grey. Last night I had made us sandwiches using the very last of the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce and we made flasks of tea to take as well.

We didn’t have any food in for this New Years Eve evening meal and I decided to get really and head out to M&S first thing. I was really surprised that there was absolutely no queue at all angst food together
And the shelves were faulty well stocked. I was pretty impressed with my self that in a relatively quick shop (to avoid being in contact with people too much) I put together a meal for this evening and New Years Day. At least we’ll have a nice meal.

We headed off across Teddington footbridge and walked up into Richmond Park. It was packed with people but as it is such a big space, the was no problem. We kept walking through the park, feeding the geese, ducks and swans and then out of the park and down Richmond Hill. We spotted a line of free benches and sat in the cold enjoying our excellent sandwiches!

We walked back along the river which was bitterly cold, so cold in fact that the tide line where the water had risen to was still frozen.

By the time we arrived home having walked 24,000 footsteps, my parcel from Mum with Christmas presents was in the porch and I have put them out under the tree and they look lovely. I will open them tomorrow, exactly one week on from Christmas Day.

This New Years Eve was pretty quiet. We enjoyed prawn cocktail started, followed by duck legs Ibn an orange sauces and accompanied by little roast potatoes and finished with treacle tart and cream - thank you M&S.

Watched the year in with Jools Holland and we popped out briefly to see some fireworks and raise a socially distanced glass of Prosecco with our neighbours Bill, Charlotte, Dave and Ros… with the width of the Crescent between us.
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