Only 10 weeks left… time to plan, prepare and produce for Christmas!

Of course, a dedicated Christmas Fan will have started planning, preparing and producing for Christmas way before now. It makes sense, especially on a tight budget, to make like a squirrel and buy little and often, hiding them away in your own or someone else’s house (make sure you’re either related to them, or they know what you’re doing: it’s hard to explain why you’re … Continue reading Only 10 weeks left… time to plan, prepare and produce for Christmas!

Post!!! Snail Post for Christmas is Here!!!; September Small Things Day 20

I love snail mail, or post as we call it in the UK. I love letters best of all, long, slow-moving letters from friends that undulate lazily through the meadows of news and form oxbow lakes of unrelated gossip to enjoy at leisure. I love postcards, short and sharp with the briefest of messages on that give no more than a corner of an insight … Continue reading Post!!! Snail Post for Christmas is Here!!!; September Small Things Day 20

Sudden Inspirations that are A Really Mad Idea… but Fun to Think About: September Small Things Day 10

Algorithms are really fun, aren’t they? One minute you’re on Facebook and looking at friend’s posts, the next you’ve checked some information on the Web and when you return to Facebook’s Happy Place it’s full of adverts for something you may need/ will never need/ looked at and have no real desire to purchase or… occasionally… something that makes you go Mmmm. That happened to … Continue reading Sudden Inspirations that are A Really Mad Idea… but Fun to Think About: September Small Things Day 10

Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year

I’m not planning to post anything between Christmas and New Year (Twixmas or Romjul, if you prefer) except perhaps a catch up post, so this post is really a sort of forward planning post, looking at what I intend to do next week and what I’m planning to start off with next year. I have some questions I need answering by any readers out there, … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start Planning for Next Year

Christmas of Hope 2020: Start With a Clean Slate

Happy Birthday to Beethoven! 250 years old today, and still looking absolutely fabulous on it! Today’s post is focusing on boosting your physical environment ready for Christmas. Today and tomorrow are just long enough away from Christmas itself to not yet have you completely in the holiday spirit and close enough that a darn good clean now will see you through until post-Christmas, when a … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start With a Clean Slate

Christmas of Hope 2020: Reach out to an absent friend.

2020 has been the year of the zoom call or the phone, hasn’t it? From schools to work to hospitals to almost any branch of industry, commerce or business you care to mention we have been stuck on phone calls for ages, it seems. From 1876 and his first command of ‘Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you’, the invention of Alexander Graham … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Reach out to an absent friend.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Take a Bon Jovi Moment.

We’re half way there, and definitely living on a prayer this year. Today it’s Monday, and in my childhood was traditionally the day we were allowed to start thinking of Christmas because my younger brother had the misfortune to be born in December (My three brothers organised life well: Eldest born in October, Second in November, Youngest in December. It was like a ready made … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Take a Bon Jovi Moment.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Missing the Markets!!!

Christmas is a season built on traditions: we always put the tree in this spot, we have this meal on this day and go to this event on such and such an evening. I’ve been looking through my old diaries and, yes, the same events come up again and again. There’s always a Liverpool Lawyers Carol Service on the Monday before Christmas, a day out … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Missing the Markets!!!