It was good to have a quiet week at school as the children were sitting exams so it meant no lesson planning. My afternoons at home were spent busy preparing for our volunteer Christmas party which is to be held on Saturday. On Tuesday Paul returned from the office with a cheque for 4000 dalasi which was to be spent on food for the party. We decided to make a start so made our way to Kariba shopping centre to buy some of the party food as well as food for ourselves. We ended up with two trolleys thinking this would be an easier option which it was until Paul paid for the party food and only forgot to get a receipt. Then on the Thursday and Friday I spent the afternoon making shortbread, sausage rolls and individual quiches. Finally Saturday arrived and I busied myself preparing the rest of the food. Jim came along to help with the preparing of the chicken and prawns. With the first batch of chicken in the oven I set about preparing the garlic bread ready to be popped into the oven later. As for Abigail and Bradley they spent the morning decorating the tree with tinsel and baubles so they were kept quiet. The first volunteers started to arrive at 3 o’clock with food which they had prepared for the party, mince pies, coleslaw, rice and cous cous salad. We ate at around 6 o’clock a mixture of Christmas party food and salad dishes. As it started to get dark the unexpected happened the electric went off, unexpected as it has been on every night since Jenny had arrived on holiday. We managed by torch light to play pass the parcel with forfeits enclosed and Jane helping on vocals due to no electric. Bradley unwrapped the first layer and received a forfeit, to disco dance like his dad. Paul got up and helped him do some John Travolta moves. After this Santa arrived with a parcel of presents to hand out. Bradley rushed off to get a couple of pictures which he had drawn to give to him. The rest of the evening was spent drinking and chatting finally ending at around 11 o’clock I was so looking forward to my bed.