Hi Folks,

Just been rather busy since November last year, though there was a lull for a few days over the Christmas break.  Just as well, because with the dire flood warnings, which sounded like they were near, or, at home, we cut into our break  and dashed back to see if everything was okay chez nous.

The busy business will continue for a bit.  It means I won’t have much time for posting, (though I will take any opportunity that presents itself).  However, I intend that all this busy stuff  will not get in the way of keeping in contact and commenting.

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.  This morning, I heard a very poignant story on the BBC Radio 4 Programme, ‘Midweek,’ about a sock that belonged to a survivor.

January is nearly over; we’re getting an extra hour or so of daylight now.




By three forty five this afternoon it was pitch black. I was glad of the little town’s seasonal decorative lights twinkling and spitting out their sparkles. Nevertheless, it was hard not to feel the deep gloom of a dark Winter, the very short days and the long dark nights.

When the Arctic snows came, (I hear we’re due to have more very soon, not that I wish it) the sky gleamed with sunshine on many clear frosted days. The sharp glittering whiteness of the snowy reflections also added additional light to our very few hours of day. There are very many dis-benefits to the snowy weather patterns we experienced. Exceptionally, because of our Northern latitude with its low-light short days, we benefit from increased levels of brightness because of the snow. The raised light levels improve moods, people who have seasonal affective disorders can be great beneficiaries while the snow brightness lasts.

The little bit of repartee this afternoon with another customer in the bakery, had more than a grain of truth in it. We were of one mind, that if it wasn’t time for a good cup of coffee, we’d resort to a nip of Whisky to liven us up a bit.



If anyone is having a wine party, a drinks tasting or anything else that is wine-based, (everyone welcome, even middle classes to mine)remember to choose your time of day and type of day. Today is a root day, it is advisable to avoid a root day. For the best effects from your favourite and possibly unknown tipples, you want to sip on a fruit day.

Large stores, are said to be taking note of nature’s guidance and they arrange their wine-tastings at the optimum times on a fruit day. If they can do it, so can we.


Source: PM. Radio 4 April 18th 2009.


Friday 8th Feb 2008

I was out for most of today;

Indulging in social contact and;

Limited local retail therapy, the limitations being on what is available, rather than what I purchased;

Spent some money, (mostly sales and reduced price stock);

Got severely battered by wind gusts that came through at danger speeds;

A stone, picked up by the extreme winds, hit my lower jaw and startled me;

And I had a job staying upright and holding on to my purchases;

At home, I found a box addressed to me with 3 bottles of wine inside;

Now I don’t have to worry about staying on my feet!      

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble…

I’ve spent all day trying to remember what day of the week it is; 8|

I bought a toaster as ours – three years old – failed during my recent absence.

I thought I could see sufficiently through the plastic packaging if the toaster was okay, even so, on totally unwrapping it at home, I found a dent. It’s going back. That’s a 40 miles round trip. :-/

I bought a present for a child; the security tag was left on it. Now why didn’t the pesky alarm sound when I left the store? It would have saved me a 40 miles round trip back for that. >:-[

I’m trying out my replacement bread machine – I don’t think I am going to be as well in tune with this one as the last, which like the toaster, failed after 3 years.

I think I should be in bed! :yawn: