Category Archives: Christmas

It was the Sunday before Christmas…

…not that it made any difference, apart from the shops being open. If only those annoying people wouldn’t lie sleeping in the doorways. It’s exactly the sort of thoughtless behaviour that can so easily spoil Christmas.  Just imagine…you’re coming out … Continue reading

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The simple chemistry of eggs and butter…

Every now and then I abandon the keyboard and take a pen in my hand and move to a place in the house that is free from technology. Sitting by the fire in the fading daylight, surrounded by our books, … Continue reading

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Brussels demand a green Xmas…..

September is long gone, but the leaves of brown show no sign of tumbling down this November although the lyricist would be happy to know that it’s raining. Wherever he was when he penned those lyrics, it wasn’t the Vendee. … Continue reading

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These latish things remind me of you…

” A bowl of peaches that are slowly ripening, A simple salad on a summer evening….” These and other equally delicious things remind me of you, Summer. I’m impatiently awaiting your arrival; my mind is filled with memories of our … Continue reading

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Should Joy be released?

Sobriety is low on my list of seasonal wishes and yet, as I grow older, I find myself slowly growing into a more sober mood during this week of festivities than at any other time of the year. There is … Continue reading

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Wishing you all a very Cherry Christmas…

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A jolly good egg…..

Another encounter with the scanner has shown me that the gift of giving can permeate the mind of even the meanest spirited electronic brain. It was as though I had encountered the reanimated, fully epiphanised Scrooge, in mechanical form, cheerily … Continue reading

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Myrhh balls…

The sun today has been smothered under a dull, damp, grey cushion leaving the world silent and lifeless. I have the feeling that nature is in mourning, and with every reason as it feels as though the kind has been … Continue reading

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Breaking bad….so nearly..

Buying one or two of something that is inexpensive will raise an eyebrow, given that such an object will even be available on a unitary basis. Ever looked for “a” sheet of paper, “a” safety pin, “a”razor blade. Take one … Continue reading

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All you need is love…..

…not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. As the inside temperature of the house, this morning, was a crisp 9°C it was no wonder that nothing was stirring, it was more of a wonder that anything was still … Continue reading

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