This Christmas, like the last 33 years, my mother-in-law Vi has given me one of the best Christmas presents ever.

What makes the presents so appreciated is that they are always made with love.

Every Christmas Vi makes the families of her children (my late husband Ray was the eldest of five) a wonderful Christmas cake that is always so moist and so full of fruit and always topped with almonds. It is one of the best Christmas cakes I have ever eaten.


Christmas cake

Christmas Cake

The other gift I get each year from her is a hand-crocheted doiley. There is alway a bit of a guessing game as to what colour it will be this year and what size or shape, but it is always a doily that Vi made during the year for each of the adult women in the family.

This year's was yellow.


Crocheted doiley

The doiley is usually crocheted from fine cotton, some years it has been a light wool. Colours I have had over the years have included purple, white, beige, yellow and multi-coloured.

As you can see from the intricate pattern this is not a simple pattern. These doileys are made with love and care. Vi is in her 80's.

Thank you Vi for the wonderful Christmas presents.