Poppy Does Byron Road


A sleepy Christmas morning began with the opening of presents from Santa.

Matthew and Poppy

Poppy suitably oohed and aahed as she sought her parents’ help to unwrap hers. This assistance was necessary because you can’t carry out the task while one hand clutches chocolate.

The fairy dress made by Jackie was much admired. One of our granddaughter’s first words is mirror, which is used to ask to admire herself.

In this she carries on the tradition established by Flo, who was also the recipient of such a garment for her first few Christmases. These were taken in 1999.

Poppy 3

Poppy, like her older cousin, would simply take a rest when all became too much.


Jackie’s laptop wallpaper demonstrates the similarity.

After a full day of present sharing,Tess drove Becky, Poppy and me to Byron Road to enjoy the Christmas lights.

After a slow start, Poppy got well into the swing of things: pressing buttons and dancing along to the exhibits. She shared some of her delights with a little French boy scarcely older than her.

We dined just before nine. Jackie excelled herself in producing succulent roast turkey, stuffing, sausages in bacon (known as pigs in blankets), Brussels sprouts served with bacon and chestnuts, swede and carrot mash, roast potatoes and parsnips, carrots, and Yorkshire pudding with tasty gravy, all cooked to perfection. I drank San Andreas Chilean merlot from a case Ian had given me as a present. I’m not sure what everyone else imbibed.


  1. The photos are wonderful, but the fairy costume is totally awesome. The wings are such a vibrant pink. Can Jackie make an adult-sized fairy costume in blue? I can wear it when I’m doing my stretching exercises. Thanks for sharing your holiday with us. 🙂

  2. The fairy dresses are the most charming gifts I’ve ever seen! I know a lot of little girls who would love dresses like that!!! And dinner sounds fabulous! We also had a wonderful dinner, cooked by my son who was assisted by his fiancee and his sister :).

  3. You had me at Yorkshire Pudding. Jackie is a multi-talented woman rendering fairy dresses for grandchildren and fairylands among flowers. The world needs more fairylands and fairies.

  4. The fairy dresses are beautiful. I’m impressed with Jackie’s skill, especially since I can’t sew at all. My daughters would have loved dresses like that when they were young. It looks like a wonderful holiday gathering, Derrick.

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