Twelfth night is meant to be the time for clearing away greetings cards and festive decorations. In my book, some superstitions are best ignored.  As I don’t receive some mail till early January, mostly from abroad, my cards stay up longer and the last to arrive are the last to disappear.  Thus, I span the Western and the Eastern festive dates.

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My decorations are the cards people send me.  Switch on candle glow (LED’s) provide an atmospheric friendly warmth.  The little candles (tea lights) have been  tucked away.  A couple of stocky gold coloured ones have not.  They glitter and look quite pretty when daylight turns into twilight, even if they are not lit.

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Tomorrow we have a recycling collection. The bulk of the cards – not the late arrivals – have been sorted between those that will be a keepsake, (just a few) or those needing  some attention. The others, will provide material for recycling.  Our collectors do not want anything with metallic finishes, which includes glitter. Lots of cards have those pretty finishes. The best I can do is to separate re-usable bits of a card from those bits that are not. That was late morning……..


….Even later morning, I seem to have spent hours sorting out a small area of desk. The quarter truth is, some of the space on the desk has been created by shoving some stuff to the right of it, (probably, should be ‘right off it’). I am trying to be tough on myself…about bits of paper (cringe).  I know it will be worse before it gets better.

Early afternoon……hubs interrupts my bits of paper throw away flow.  “Are you having any lunch?”

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19 thoughts on “THROW AWAY FLOW

    • Well Gilly,
      Breathe in slowly and breathe out in a modulated manner. Then toddle off to the kitchen and ‘do’ lunch. Forget what you’ve been progressing in the meantime and hope you fancy picking up the threads of it later; even trust you can pick up the threads of it, enthusiasm, (or lack of it) notwithstanding.

    • I know someone who would have created all of the background and support infromation on the computer and more than likely, would have sent it through the post, with an invoice, before the chicken arrived at the house.

      I’ve had invoices for gherkins, and envelopes with a porttcullis logo, containing interesting communications.


  1. At one recent time, I would agree with your Forth Road Bridge thought. However, we’ve been foiled. Some clever clogs have created a ‘permanent’, or, at least, long term fix. Wouldn’t it be good if there were similar fixes for what you and I are in the throes of sorting. Xxx

    • Hello Mr F,

      Thank you, I’m happy you like the pictures and post. It’s that time of year isn’t it. If I am continuing to be honest, most times of year nowadays, require a bit of space to sort all sorts of stuff with papers and without. Tedious isn’t it.


  2. What fantastic pictures! They must bring a fair whack of cheer too, given your weather! Once you start something it’s always hard to stop and time flies by, starting is always the hard part. Today I cleared my food cupboards, I was checking for rodent presence, thankfully all was well. I was rather shocked to find tins of food five years past their sell by date though. Obviously housework is not my forte!xxx

      • I knew of many people who would keep a tier of a wedding cake, if it were of the heavy fruit with sufficient alcohol variety, Anne-Marie. The trick, I was told, was to ensure dry almost vacuum storage conditions for the cake. Some people used airing cupboards, I am sure the occasional outhouse and shed came into use as well. Obviously, Sis succeeded where many failed. Seven years safe storage is a testament to it.

        BFF is the same person? Meltdown and meat make for a fascinating imagery. xxx

      • Big Sis is like me, give it a try, it’s not killed me yet. BFF total opposite I’ve joked before that when choosing a rotisserie chicken BFF needs to see birth and parentage details, cv and references before choosing one, lol.

    • Pleased you like the pix. The night shots were made possible a few years ago by the use of hubs’ tripod. He had it in the car with his heaviest binoculars, but, gave me the use of it for my camera. When I find them, in the many digital pix files, (they also need sorting), I do gaze at them more than I might with others.

      You have it, Snowbird, starting is the hard part. I desperately try to procrastinate, and often do. Once I get going, it is sooo frustrating to be stopped.

      Out of interest, did you test out the contents of any of your mature tins of food? Scott and Shackleton had supplies that were found that would have been safe to eat umpteen years later. I think bully beef might have been in the mix.

      Cupboards……..what cupboards! (I hear lady Bracknell in the wings).


      • Big Sis kept the top tier of her traditional fruit wedding cake in a biscuit tin, taped up with cellotape in the garage until bub’s christening almost seven years later – it was pristine, just re-iced. Now BFF thinks, meat especially, is going to explode into toxic nuclear meltdown the day before the use by date, lol.

      • I didn’t test all of them as there were, to my shame, an awful lot. Some of the soups had taken on dark hues, lemon juice had congealed into hideous brown lumps, and vinegar had become alcoholic! Powered milk had become solid and tea bags had turned brown! I’ve heard the only thing that doesn’t go off is honey, it was found in a pharaoh’s tomb in perfect condition!xxx

      • Ah yes, some of those particular food items you mention might not survive too long past their sell by dates. The tea bags (de)composition sounds most interesting. However, as you have seen and probably smelled, certain items do not benefit from storage with extra TLC. The important point is, that you are able to use your senses of smell and sight to assess the quality of what you have ‘preserved’.

        If the vinegar has turned into [wine], it all sounds a bit biblical, I wonder if you could perform a cookery miracle or two with it. Would it be good enough for more culinary preservation?


  3. That vinegar would rot metal, I poured it down the sink and was surprised it didn’t dissolve it! The smell was so strong it had my eyes watering, the kitchen still reeks of it!!! Yes, we do all need to smell and look at food before ditching it!xxx

  4. the pictures are very attractive. At first I thought that maybe they were the greeting cards, but then I realized that the greeting cards would probably say Merry Christmas or Happy New Year. I was always troubled by the keepsakes. I would get these very nice cards in the mail and couldn’t bear to throw them away, and they piled up… Now with the internet it’s much easier. Wishing you a very good year.

    • Thank you, Shimon for your kind wishes. I hope your year is good to you too.

      I shall take your thoughts on my pictures as a great compliment. The second one, where you see some green, is a landslip. There had been a massive amount of rain. Moving on, the last few years have produced more landslips in the same place and in the vicinity. There have also been a number of landslips elsewhere around the county, totally changing the physical nature of a number of locations.

      Keepsakes can get out of hand. At the Millennium, I saved two cards and they are mounted in a picture frame. They complement one another. I am being strict with what is kept. Nevertheless, as you say, in time, it piles up.

      Thank you for your comment. x

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