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'


  1. Nice to hear things are getting better for you all ,and that you are almost ready for Christmas ,I love de poem made me laugh Jan xx

  2. Your good news has just got to be the best Christmas gift under your tree this year. It is so nice to hear after all the bad times you've been having. Here we have snow plows that run night and day when we have a storm so usually our roads are cleared up within 24 hours of a storm. There are some places though that get extraordinary amounts of it and then they do call in the guard for help too. We've had a few cold days but no new snow since the beginning of the weeks storm so that is a blessing. The poem was a cute one...We do ham for Christmas so that turkey is safe!

    Lots of Love and Hugs!

  3. What a lovely post, it is good to hear that good things are happening for you now.

    My sister in law lives in Edinburgh and she has been telling us how bad it has been up there. We are very lucky were we are, we get the snow but not to the extremes other parts of the UK are getting.

    I hope the good keeps coming for you and you have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. snow is bad all over,but i hope you have a lovely christmas sybil. take care,love mort xxx

  5. Sybil honey I do hope the snow holds off for you. I hate to think of you not being able to get out and do what you need to do. Often I wonder about how people manage that do get so much snow. It would be a hardship on us because we don't have a way to deal with it. haha
    Congradulations to your sweet neice Barbara. I am so very excited for her. My granddaughter Kaci and her have a lot in common with being juvenile diabetics. Kaci is 9 now and has had it almost 2 years. As you probably remember from my post it just devastated me.
    Glad your neice was accepted to such a nice school.
    Loved your poem
    Will write you soon...have to cut up my celery and onions tonight so I can make my dressing tomorrow. I am having a early Christmas for my brothers on Sat.

  6. So glad to read of all your family good news ...Yes Christmas is approaching quickly and although we are not nearly ready in this home I'm sure it will all fall into place.

  7. Glad to read of the good news Sybil. Life is good, it truly is. Loved the turkey poem as well! I am hoping we don't get the bad weather they say we will, and that if we do I am better prepared this time! I did place an online order for all my groceries so that I don't have to traipse around the shops with my bad knee and slippery pavements! I have my fingers crossed that the weather won't be so bad it isn't delivered! :-) Have a great weekend and a lovely week ahead, culminating in a very Merry Christmas! xxoo

  8. A lovely and very interesting post Sybs. Love hearing all the news. Sounds like your shopping trip went well, and the Nativity Scene sounds delightful. Nice to read that the family are doing okay. Much love to you and Mary this Christmas, and always. Sal xxx

  9. that not the best present ever? Great news about Sarah! Just wonderful Sybil.
    Well done to your niece too! It is so wonderful when we see 'our family members' getting on in life this way. Clever girl that she is!!
    I have most of my shopping now. Just a few odds and ends and that's me sorted.
    Just as well as we have had another fall of snow.
    Loved the turkey poem. Now you've made me feel guilty. lol
    Compliments of the Season to you and yours.
    Love always
    Jeanie xxxxx