It went like clockwork

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Angel finally succumbed to the office cold – on Christmas Day. The meal on that day is a movable feast and is served at whatever time everything happens to come together, always depending entirely on the amount of Prosecco consumed during the day. On this occasion though (because the chef was not herself) another family member took control of the list of timings that is dutifully pulled out of the recipe book and then ignored every year. As a result the preparations and cooking went like clockwork and we all managed to sit down to a delicious meal a good hour earlier than normally happens. There’s a moral in there somewhere, though Angel isn’t sure if it’s to do with being ill, drinking alcohol while cooking or simply handing the whole thing over to other people.

• One of the things Angel loves about our independent shops in Spalding is the level of service. Nothing is ever too much trouble and lots of boxes were obligingly piled beside Angel’s feet by a very friendly and helpful Gibbs shoe shop assistant. Angel felt almost like Cinderella when the lovely lady helped her on with one particular pair of boots ... and then just like an Ugly Sister when they didn’t quite fit. Nearby Revills Shoes are always just as helpful, too.

•Speaking of independent shops, The Crescent Traders’ Association in Spalding had a wonderful Christmas party at the Hole in the Wall pub. It was an amazing turn-out from The Crescent, Vine Street and Francis Street – as well as being perfectly hosted on the association’s doorstep and catered for by member traders. You wouldn’t get that in towns where the only names above the plate glass windows are those of the big chains. Spalding is lucky to have so many independents and family-run stores and long may it continue.