We all, except Billy who was working, hopped on the train into London. Our first stop the
Borough Market to shop for beef for dinner. This market has been in the same place for 250 years and is the London's oldest market. Ah, the foods! Not at all like Safeway. Walk through the market with me.
A wonderful market to buy your fresh gammon.
You don't even have to bake these game pies.
Have your choice of freshly baked breads.
A floral bouquet will brighten any table.
A wide choice of seasonal animals.
Turkey will definitely be on many British tables.
Our bags were filled with a standing rib roast, fresh dill, and English cheeses from Neal's Yard.
(A cracker is found at the English dinner table. One holds one end, crosses arms with your neighbor and pulls ones neighbor's cracker and ones own. A pop, and a small trinket emerges along with a crown and a note with jokes to share.)
One could rent a blanket and of course, a cushion to sit on the hard boards.
The place was wonderful---great costumes, comical characters, and a wonderful way to spend a Christmas Eve afternoon.
After the performance we were back on the train to Egham, all ready to cook our evening dinner and
wait for Santa. (I cannot get this picture to turn the correct way!) He did find us all.
....A perfect Christmas Eve Day and evening with my family. What a gift to remember.