Some more about Christmas Past…
I think that I acquired 13 books over Christmas if you count the few I bought in from the sale table in the local library and the couple from the charity shop. I guess I’ll have to do some reading. What a shame….
My other presents included four small Portmerion plates to add to our crockery.
And a couple of Orthoceras to add to our collection of rocks, minerals and fossils. Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of extinct nautiloid cephalopod. Orthoceras fossils are dated back to the Silurian Age 400 + million years ago and are the earliest recognizable animals.
The Orthoceras were a gift from David, our son who died in infancy over twenty years ago. This may seem most strange to some people but in the early days after his death we were worried that somehow he might get forgotten on special occasions so we decided to give each other a little present as a memento. Much of our rock and mineral collection has come about this way. Needless to say, we now know that David would never be forgotten on birthdays and the like, even without any token such as this, but the tradition continues and will do so until one of us dies.
Best-wrapped present went to one from a friend in Washington State – it was a wonderful book by an illustrator called Sallie Middleton.
The most unusual present was one received by Partner-who-loves-tea. A roll of designer toilet paper!
The idea of launching oneself at that angel seems pretty irresistible.
Strictly Come Dancing had a Christmas special on Christmas Day which Partner-who-loves-tea and I watched on her new Christmas present – a 32inch flat screen TV.
The irrepressible Bruce Forsyth and the beautiful Tess Daly were the comperes as usual.
It was great to see Fabrice Muamba fit enough to train and take to the floor after his heart-stopping experience which I reported on in March (here and here).
Over the rest of the holiday ‘there wasn’t much on’ – the perennial complaint of Christmas time viewers. But at least we had a couple of Agatha Christie’s to watch.
Violence? Strong language? OK, thanks for the warning but I must have missed that bit…
Daughter-who-takes-photos and Friend-and-son-in-law-who-loves-otters came the day after Boxing Day.
No, that isn’t what it seems… Jo played charades for us.
An otter jug as a present caused some amusement.
But it was a Bluetooth case and keyboard for his Google tablet that was described as ‘life-changing’ by Friend-and-son-in-law-who-loves-otters.
Ivy was given some mice.
It rains but…
It’s only the third day or January but the birds are giving me a wonderful dawn chorus as I write this. Such weird weather. It has rained so far this year, continuing the climactic conditions from last year, but the forecast is for finer weather at the week-end. We shall see!