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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Today’s shared wry utterances with the postman after he quickly shoves a package into my hand and is darting away up the path:

Me – how are you?
Him – struggling…erm, how are you?
Me – same as you I guess.
Him – Never mind Spring will be coming soon.
Me – Oh, and when is that?
Him – About June the 23rd I think, between 3pm-4pm.
Me – Right, I’ll watch out for it.

The plumber’s observation:

Spring, 3pm-4pm, June 23rd…..that’s the same as last year then!



The leaflet for last posting dates to guarantee Christmas delivery has not reached our main post office. Has anyone seen it yet?

Last dates for posting for surface mail to Australia was the 19th September – a month ago – and how are we meant to know this, by osmosis! Oh I know, you go online, if you can, or, you queue up at a post office and request dates in July or August, and if they have the dates at that time, take a note of them.

America and Canada last surface mail date for guaranteed deliveries for the festivities was 17th October, I was told. I figured that as I had missed the guaranteed date by only two days, I could still send my printed paper, which was bound to arrive by end December, early January at the latest, or even arrive much sooner, and I save £3.48p against the airmail cost.

It’s not much good checking on dates in ‘good time’ in October, when you will have already missed the boat for some mail. Presumably, you have to have historical experience of the kind of posting schedules that may exist if you are to work with a system without visible information.