Too early, too loud, too kind, too many (46.2021)

The C Word It's still November but here in the UK attention seems to have turned to Christmas already. The radio is full of ads advising us to shop and shop and shop and buy more food and maybe buy new furniture and generally buy your way into celebrating the Festive Season. There's even a… Continue reading Too early, too loud, too kind, too many (46.2021)

We have come to the end (52.20)

Apparently it was me, last Saturday, when taking leave of my colleagues, who said, "This year can't get any worse." It was about 30 minutes after that when the government announced Tier 4 restrictions which meant a large part of the country had to cancel their Christmas plans. It was Sunday when France introduced introduced… Continue reading We have come to the end (52.20)

Tour de Tree

Two days until Christmas and I've signed off from work, so now I can sit in the living room and admire our tree in the daylight. Here's a tour around some of my favourite ornaments. This guy is new this year. I'm calling him Humpty Dumpty but my French friend called him by another name.… Continue reading Tour de Tree

Tier 2 to Tier 3 to Tier 4 (51.20)

Monday: Wake up to the smell of cat pee in the house somewhere. Husband and I both go on a sniffing mission to try to identify its location so we can get busy with the vinegar spray. We finally identify it as under the coffee table in the dining room. We normally shut the dining… Continue reading Tier 2 to Tier 3 to Tier 4 (51.20)

Champagne, cake and Christmas (49.20)

This week we reached the end of Lockdown 2.0! Now, back to what passes for normal life these days. This week I celebrated my birthday, and it was a good day. It started in the morning when I went out for a run as the sun came up. My friend thought I was mad, but… Continue reading Champagne, cake and Christmas (49.20)

Break it down again (48.20)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1100QINlo4 Break it down again, no more sleepy dreaming. Good grief, here we are already, approaching the last four weeks of the year. Maybe that's why I have those fluttering feelings of panic in my chest. No, this year the panic is more likely linked to a sense of 'where did all that time go'?… Continue reading Break it down again (48.20)

Chaos, connection.. and broken internet (47.20)

After having some plaster repairs a few weeks ago, we repainted the bathroom on Sunday and Monday. I say "repainted the bathroom" - what we did was repaint only those areas that had had plaster work done. Something strange happened when we opened the bathroom paint. It curdled. Like old cream, it turned into a… Continue reading Chaos, connection.. and broken internet (47.20)

Tidings of comfort and Joy

'Tis the season, as the song goes. The Christmas season when those songs about peace and happiness and joy get played on repeat in every store you go into. But what kind of things bring you joy? You know, those little moments of heart-gladdening, the lightning flash of something that lifts your soul, the glimpses… Continue reading Tidings of comfort and Joy