Filed: Christmas


As Christmas approaches, more and more parcels of online ordered presents are arriving at Parrot Towers with all the necessary recycling of cardboard that this entails. But there would be a lot less if some of the suppliers could get their act together.

The photo is of a parcel that arrived from Amazon today. It measures some 21″ x 14″ x 5″ and all it contained was a new lead for Dottie that you can see plonked in the middle. Whether the brown paper filling was meant to protect the purchase or simply to stop it rattling about in its own vacuum of space is anyone’s guess. Read more ›››


Thai Buddha

I should have mentioned that our trip to New Mills was partly to try out the new Lumix G6 camera that Father Christmas brought me.

I say new, but it is actually an upgrade from my earlier G2 which had to be parcelled up and sent to the supplier in part exchange. (Wex Photographic if you’re interested – their prices are excellent, as is the service)… Read more ›››

X is for Father Xmas

Father Xmas

I usually struggle finding someone whose name beginning with the letter X for ABC Wednesday, but on today of all days who else could I write about but Father Xmas, even if I have taken liberties with his second name.

Actually, the Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

The Car Park of the Damned


Today is Manic Monday the news bulletins gleefully told us this morning – the day predicted to be the busiest on the High Street when we’ll spend £2.6 million a minute.

That’s collectively not individually of course, although it might feel like that by the time you’ve finished with buying all the gifts you have to give and the food and festive fripperies you absolutely need if the big day isn’t to be a disaster… Read more ›››

Ghost of Christmas Past

Christmas may be a long time coming, at least for the high street and the supermarkets, but it soon whizzes past doesn’t it?

The midnight chimes of New Year had hardly finished before the Christmas tree that has been gathering dust at our local Morrisons since early November had been taken down to make may way for the Easter display. Read more ›››

These are a few of my favourite things

Of all the subjects I haven’t written about over the last few weeks, the one that I should have done is to answer that question you were always asked as a child ‘And what did you get for Christmas?’

There is a reason, other than me being an irregular blogger these days, and that is the sheer pressure of the holiday season. Read more ›››

Happy Christmas


The run up to Christmas has been hectic for all sorts of reasons, not least taking my dad for a hospital appointment to hear news that wasn’t the best, but not the worst either.

I should really have been writing my contribution to ABC Wednesday, but the best laid plans and all that. Hopefully I should be able to find time over the holiday. Read more ›››

Mayan Haze

Mayan Calendar

The predicted Mayan Armageddon was a bit of a bust, or at least the afterlife looks and behaves very much like the pre-apocalyptic world. It’s been raining for a start and the Christmas traffic was awful.

Meanwhile over in La-la Land, the NRA has come out and said that kids getting shot has nothing to do with being able to buy military ordnance at the grocery store. Read more ›››