Well it’s that time again. It’s the day before the day before Christmas Eve and every diaspora is on the move, like Mary and Joseph of old, back to the homeland. I’ll spend the day packing and doing a bit of hectic last minute shopping and gift deliveries (and pet deliveries) before setting off across the sea to Scotland.
All those children set up for disappointment through the 70s, 80s, and 90s grew up into the digital age and were given the power of instant comment through the medium of the internet, and they have taken to it with gusto.
It has been quite a few years since I have been to a pantomime. In fact the last time I was at a Pantomime it was in Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre and our entire school group was put out early (read: ‘ejected’) for acting the maggot. This may or may not have been down to me, … Continue reading She’s Behind You!
What is the point in doing turkey and roast ham with all the trimmings; the very imitation of the seasonal feast of the British aristocracy, if you are going to act like a savage and cast the left-overs out into a public green? Really? Every year the same sight greets me in the week after … Continue reading Starting as You Mean to Go On
I’ve been on my travels over the Christmas, and this means that Ambrose and the birdies have been on their travels too. Ambrose has been to Scotland once before, and after that experience I decided that life was too short; or rather it meant that his life would end up being shorter. So Claire said … Continue reading Birdwatching and Dog-Sitting
What is a Christmas tree worth? To be honest I don’t know and I don’t really care either. I’ve felt neither the need nor the want to have a real Christmas tree anywhere in my home. They smell nice, but the pine-needles are painful. Not for me, but I am going to guess that a … Continue reading Highest and Lowest Cost of a Christmas Tree
Sailing here from Belfast the other day was a right pain in the backside. The sailing was fine; even though it is winter the water was only a little rocky and the few hours at sea were grand. It was arriving in Loch Ryan that was the nuisance. There had been heavy rain in the … Continue reading Fare Weal Tae Ayrshire’s Shore
Father Christmas has come and gone for another year, and the children are calming down with their new toys. We’ve seen everything from X-Boxes to dolls from Frozen, from the classics like Lego and Monopoly to Spiderman shooting gloves. It’s been brilliant fun, and the grown-ups are relishing the preoccupation of the young folk; it … Continue reading On the Feast of Stephen