Taking Christmas down …


As I understand it, the Christian calendar has today (5th January) as being “Twelfth Night”. It is the time when the three Wise Men/Kings visited the new born child. Some cultures have Twelfth Night as the 6th as they count Boxing Day as the 1st day of Christmas. Traditionally, in the West it is the … Continue reading Taking Christmas down …

It’s that time again …


Tonight is the ‘works’ Christmas Party night. They’re going for a Christmas meal and dance at a local venue, all paid for by the boss. I’m not going for the full evening as social events are not my thing. I am not the biggest fan of Christmas either, so having a party with people I … Continue reading It’s that time again …

It seems so much longer …


Strange post title some may think, but today it is three months since I retired from working life. Not a long time, but like the title says “Seems so much longer …” Of course, my initial plan has gone out of the window. My intention was to have a part-time job before Christmas. Nothing too … Continue reading It seems so much longer …

‘Twas the night before etc etc…


Well, we have got as far as we can. Veg is prepared, table is set and the presents are scattered under the TV. ‘Under the TV’ I hear you question? We have a small fibre-optic tree, which is not really big enough to put the presents under. In the past we have done the real … Continue reading ‘Twas the night before etc etc…

Christmas memory …


Let me get one thing clear from the very start … I don’t like Christmas much!  I’m not going to get into the ‘why’s and wherefores’ in this post, but I thought I would share a childhood memory of Christmas. This morning, I was scanning through my weekly round up of posts when I read … Continue reading Christmas memory …

One month down … rest of my life to go …


As the title says, it’s been just a month since I took the plunge and retired. So how’s it gone so far? Well, my idea, that I would get a part-time job within the first couple of weeks has been a non-starter. I’ve not seen anything that I could honestly is a job I want … Continue reading One month down … rest of my life to go …

Start as I mean to go on


Work tomorrow. First day back after our enforced  Christmas break. Well, official first day back. This 'enforced' break has come about by the need for Local Government to save money. What happens is that non-critical services are shut-down between Christmas Eve and the first working day after New Years day. Staff take either time out … Continue reading Start as I mean to go on

So this is Christmas (cue song)


Well, it's Christmas Eve, and I'm at work. Nothing much happening and I'm beginning to wish I had taken a leave day. I don't think anybody would have minded as it is not as if anything could have been fixed if there had been a problem. Although saying that, someone needed to be onsite. There … Continue reading So this is Christmas (cue song)

‘Tis the season ….. blah blah blah


Well it's here again. Christmas!! I don't like Christmas. Or more to the point, I don't like what Christmas has become. It seems to have become just a reason to eat, drink and spend to excess. A couple of years ago, I was asked "What would I like at Christmas, if money was no object?" … Continue reading ‘Tis the season ….. blah blah blah

Back home …..


Well, back home. Yesterday in fact. It was a pretty uneventful day. The weather, whilst not bad, was not as good as it had been. It was going home weather. We stopped off at a gift centre for a look around. My god, these place do depress me at times. Here we are at the … Continue reading Back home …..

Tablet virgin no longer


 So this is the first post using my new tablet. I decided long ago that I did not want an iPad of any sort. I know they are very good (or so I'm told anyway) but I've never really had any desires to own one. I always fancied a Galaxy or something similar. Then along … Continue reading Tablet virgin no longer

Getting back to normal (or as normal as it gets)


     After surviving Christmas, the next task was to get through New Years Eve. We did!! R*** was on respite, as he struggles with the NYE fireworks. It’s not the fireworks themselves that are the problem, it’s the randomness of the explosions coupled with the unexpectedness, if that’s the word I’m looking for. So he … Continue reading Getting back to normal (or as normal as it gets)

Another Christmas over…..


     Well, when I say over, I mean that the ritual present giving and over eating is finally coming to an end. It’s been a reasonable time. Nothing spectacular, but then I don’t like Christmas, spectacular or otherwise. I’ll not go into the reasons at this time. I will leave that for another day. So … Continue reading Another Christmas over…..

At the risk of sounding ……


I hate Christmas!      Now I suppose, I should justify that statement. I hate to use that tired old cliché, but I hate what Christmas has become. When I was a child, Christmas was at the end of December, and it lasted, at the most three days - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. … Continue reading At the risk of sounding ……