The whiskey is out not only because my Dad has been staying (I think the stuff is vile), but because it's an essential added ingredient to delicious Seville orange marmalade. I always get lots done when my mum comes to stay!
There she is manning the old fashioned peel slicer. I bought this years back from a vintage stall and I wouldn't use anything else to cut the peel, it gives you perfectly thin slivers to suspend in the jewel toned jelly.
But it's not all work you know, I do allow my staff a break - and even a piece of the almost-disappeared Christmas cake, served on my newly found vintage plate!
In the evening, the reward for all of Saturday's hard work was a trip here, the marvellous Spitfire Bounce...
Over the last year, Mr HenHouse and I have been spending the odd Saturday night in Erith of all places, at this very special dance, 1940's style.
It's a fabulous night; only £7 to get in (it is held in the local community hall,) free tea, coffee and doughnuts all night (bring your own booze), and fantastic music of course.
These dances are held once every other month. There's always a great friendly atmosphere, the organisers go to a lot of trouble to decorate the hall and most people dress '40's style.
There are always a couple of stalls selling either real vintage or repro vintage clothing.
This lady always has some tempting real vintage pieces including great hats, very reasonably priced.
The music comes from either the '40s or the early 1950's and the items on offer reflect this. These saddle shoes were popular back in the day.
As were these splendid ties, if you were a spiv or of a flamboyant nature!
There's a table groaning with leaflets for other '40s events to attend, including dance classes. I love these for the fabulous vintage-style artwork.
Not forgetting the dancing of course. There is no shortage of very talented people willing to get up on the floor. Not being dancers ourselves (yet!), we are happy to sit and watch, mesmerised.
This chap can handle two ladies at once!
And this chap is a superb dancer, I've never seen someone with so much energy, he is a real treat to watch.
The strolling always gets lots of people up on the floor. This sort of dance has everyone in lines, all following the same footwork and rotating 90 degrees at the end of each sequence.
Then of course, there are the folks sitting at the back and being very silly indeed!