Thursday, 30 December 2010

Christmas and New Year

Good Evening friends,
I hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas. I already see from various blogs that I have read that you all seemed to have had !!   I am glad that Mary and I were able to get up to Sarah's. It had been doubtful right up to Christmas Eve as the snow and ice had prevented us from getting anywhere. Thankfully the slope down to the main road here was cleared mostly by Peter and a few other neighbours and up at Sarah's it was the same. Max and Beth had cleared all  the ice from the driveway so that I could park so all was well.  It was a very very cold day the temp was -11 in the early morning and never rose above-6 all day. However at Sarah's all was lovely and warm and cosy. Beth did the most wonderful Christmas lunch with all the many trimmings, her Dad would have been so proud of ...we all were...Sarah coped really well and even manged a good meal.  we did not stay too long as we wanted back down before the big freeze came down again but the time spent with Sarah, Beth, Max..who was also great doing all the washing up etc...Margaret and Mitch and of course Mary was so very happy.  How thankful I am to have such a loving family.
So now we are only two days from 2011... On Saturday the 1st. I always have Margaret and Mitch to me for the first meal of the year...a Scottish tradition of making a huge steak pie will be on the menu !! with the usual trimmings.  I haven't yet decided on the starter but I have tomorrow to think something up...
Until next year I will leave this New Year greeting to you all...

Happy new year to friends, family. Thank you for your kind comments, delightful emails of support and friendship, and your continued visits throughout 2010. I am hoping for peace, Love, Health and happiness in 2011 for everyone. At times this last year has been tough, but with the kindness of  regular and loyal friends, getting through the year has been tolerable. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for being you.And throughout 2011 alwasy remember to
                         LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

God Bless you all, and a very Happy New Year!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Christmas Love top you all

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Hope that you can all "see" this greeting.   If I don't get back please have a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful 2011 from Mary and me  xxxx
Love One Another  xxx

Thursday, 16 December 2010

snow news, good news, turkey news !

Hello Friends,
Well the days are going fast towards Christmas, I wonder if you are all almost ready.  Mary and I are almost there I think, just perhaps a few odds and ends to buy.  well at least we hope to be able to but however the weather forecasters keep warning us of snow and ice for the next week or so and if that happens we will be marooned !! so fingers crossed they are all wrong. My poor friends in Scotland have had it really bad. There was more snow in Edinburgh than they have had for over 40 years...They ended up getting the army lads to come and help clear the streets and pavements, to enable folks to get out and about. This weekend is the last weekend for the Christmas Shoppers and it is not looking very good...The poor shop keepers are going to be very worried indeed.
Mary and I had a nice morning shopping in Bath last week. It was not quite so cold and it we were in town just after 9am. so all was quiet. I managed to get Mary's Christmas for her, she has wanted a really good nativity for a long time and we had kept looking for just the right one to no avail...but on Wednesday, there it was waiting for us in the Wood Shop. It is really lovely the stable and all the animals etc etc are carved from English wood..she is delighted with it.  Only wish our John had been here as he could have told us what each of figure was made from which type of wood..

Some better news of Sarah, she is definitely getting a little better. We have to admit that physically she is not ever going to be the same, however she seemed better mentally and has started making the odd decision so that is good news.   Beth and Max are coming over to Mum's for Christmas and Beth  and Max are making the Christmas dinner, for Mary, and me, and Margaret and Mitch.  I think next Thurs. weather permitting I am going with Beth to do the food buying !!  I have already ordered the Christmas Turkey from our local village butchers, to be collected Christmas Eve.

More good news.  This is the very latest news as I just had a phone call about an hour ago from my Great Niece Barbara (Margaret's Granddaughter) She was so excited I could hardly make out what she was saying at first, but the news was GREAT  she has been given a place at Plymouth University from next year. (unless she really flunks her next exams, and she will never do that!!) we are so very proud of her. Samantha has been a diabetic since she was 6 years old and just a few months after being diagnosed with the diabetes as if that was not enough she was diagnosed as being a Celiac. Her diet has been severely restricted all her life and she and her Mum and the rest of the family have been so good.  I have never heard her complain, although like all teenagers there must be times when she wants to forget both the diabetes and the celiac....She has done well at school despite having had lots of time away. she will be studying Music at Plymouth Uni.

I found this poem the other day and thought that I would share it with you as a little light relief for Christmas  (would also have bee a good poem for Thanksgiving !!)
Will be in to see you all before Christmas, till then Love one another...and watch the poor turkey.

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas

Cos' turkeys just wanna hav fun

Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked

An every turkey has a Mum.

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,

Don't eat it, keep it alive,

It could be yu mate, an not on your plate

Say, Yo! Turkey I'm on your side.

I got lots of friends who are turkeys

An all of dem fear christmas time,

Dey wanna enjoy it, dey say humans destroyed it

An humans are out of dere mind,

Yeah, I got lots of friends who are turkeys

Dey all hav a right to a life,

Not to be caged up an genetically made up

By any farmer an his wife.

Turkeys just wanna play reggae

Turkeys just wanna hip-hop

Can yu imagine a nice young turkey saying,

'I cannot wait for de chop',

Turkeys like getting presents, dey wanna watch christmas TV,

Turkeys hav brains an turkeys feel pain

In many ways like yu an me.

I once knew a turkey called...Turkey

He said "Benji explain to me please,

Who put de turkey in christmas

An what happens to christmas trees?",

I said "I am not too sure turkey

But it's nothing to do wid Christ Mass

Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be

An business men mek loadsa cash'.

Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas

Invite dem indoors fe sum greens

Let dem eat cake an let dem partake

In a plate of organic grown beans,

Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas

An spare dem de cut of de knife,

Join Turkeys United an dey'll be delighted

An yu will mek new friends 'FOR LIFE'

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Pultney Bridge Bath

Just a very quick entry friends, it has been pointed out to me that some of you were unable to get into the last entry due to a problem with adobe...or something like that...The only changed I thought I had made was the picture that I realise was too big, so I changed it...still a problem, then I remembered that I had tried to add a "counter thing" so removed that and all now seems to be well....hope so anyway.
My friend Cait tells me I will have to change the blog as in the previous one I make reference to the nativity scene picture !!    I sometimes wonder at the things that I get into !!!   Now the picture at the top is one of the famous Pultney Bridge in Bath actually taken by my friend Cait last year  (with all the snow we have had this week I know that it will be covered in even more snow) It is a lovely bridge that has many small shops on it and also a lovely tea shop where you can look at the river below and watch some of the many narrow boats passing along...
We are still having very cold weather. Even here in Box we had a few ins. of snow overnight and temps of -5 tonight they forecast that it may drop to -10...Thankfully I have a lovely wee cosy home. Some places in the UK are having their snow measured in Feet rather than Ins.
Take care friends wherever you are.
God Bless   and  Love one Another xx