As the last Thursday in November is an ordinary working day in Britain, we usually celebrate our Thanksgiving meal on the last weekend of the month. Yesterday was our second Thanksgiving in our new home in Glasgow. I loved getting everything ready. I know our preparations will seem childishly simple compared to some of the lavish Thanksgiving table decorations I have seen in blogland! But I loved ironing a tablecloth and picking a wee bouquet from the last of the garden’s offerings:
Tilly very much enjoyed having us quietly working around her. She stayed in her favourite spot by the dining room radiator, napping and listening. Once the house got a bit louder, she took herself off to the Dafter’s bed upstairs, but every time we or our guests came and went, she appeared at the bottom of the stairs to join in hellos and/or farewells! She is a very attentive cat that way – she monitors the house’s activities and is like a little feline doorman, even on non-festive days.
Our first guest was Our Son, who came through from Edinburgh. He and Michael cooked our meal, and really enjoyed their time together in the kitchen. As you may know, Michael loves to cook; Our Son has been working in a restaurant, and Michael said he learned a thing or two from him!
Our second guest was our dear friend T, who came down from Aberdeen. I have no photos to show you of the meal itself (glazed parsnips were involved) but T took a photo of the four of us together afterwards:
I think T first joined us for Thanksgiving 20 years ago, and we have kept up the tradition over the years. It is a very precious thing to me that we could all five be together around the table to give thanks. And goodness knows, compared to last year when the Dafter was struggling to get up and down the stairs, we have a great deal to be thankful for.
And there was birthday cake! Coffee-flavoured cake, made from a recipe given to me by our friend who grew up in this house and lives just a few streets away:
T was surprised and pleased. He “doesn’t like a fuss” – but just a gentle fuss is quite nice.
And to finish, two more photos of our amazingly grown-up children:
We had a lovely day, including a walk in between the meal and desserts (there was also pumpkin pie), and plenty of chances to catch up and chat. By the end of the day, I had another reason to be very thankful.
In case you haven’t already seen, I am doing a giveaway on Tuesday evening, December 2nd, 8 pm GMT – details here.