Monday, 28 November 2011

Late Afternoon




Wandering about on a fruitless search for work I dragged my weary body through the streets.  Nothing happened. That sums up the excitement for today and reveals the staggering joy of my life at the moment.  Now that winter has arrived bringing cold temperatures, wind which cut through the thin layers of my coat, and make me wander about outside as it is warmer there than inside my palatial palace, I may find dragging my body harder work, wearing all those old anoraks like......  Nothing of any interest happened this morning again, I did not expect it would. The weariness from that bug still hangs around and it takes ages to do anything unless pushed into it.  I did struggle through the aches to begin some of my duties, but not many.  Still I am not one to complain.....


There is a growing number of inflatable snowmen standing outside folks doors these days.  Plastic reindeer's, Santa's climbing up walls, lights strung up alongside houses and a pitiful few decorate the centre of town.  Christmas trees drop their needles on many a carpet and 'It is tidings of comfort and joy,' everywhere.  You can see it in the happy smiling faces of the people as they blow their car horns loudly at one another and growl meaningfully at passers-by. Those carrying trees or rolls of wrapping paper are happy to share their joy by shoving them into your back in their hurry to get home to share their joy and happiness.  Shops increase the price of their cards, toys and paper as they inflict Chrismassy tunes on the shoppers to get them 'in the mood.'  It certainly creates a mood in me all right but not one that ought to arise at Christmas, or any other time come that.  In the 70's the boss of the Cash & Carry where I worked put Christmas tunes on the Tannoy.  It took minutes before we all wandered around tight lipped and fuming at the music on offer, several days later we were word perfect on they tunes but some chose to change the words and insert others referring to the boss himself.  He may not have been pleased had he heard them. 


Mid winter celebrations are a must for us here in the cold, wet, northern hemisphere, and it is rather sad that Christmas is abused at this time.  Much better to follow the Scots way and celebrate new year.  The idea of covering up a pagan celebration with a Christian one was understandable but a slight misjudgment there I reckon. Jesus birth ought to be celebrated properly and a drunken commercial event does not do this.  However I will accept cards and gifts, reluctantly, if proffered!   



Does this car belong to anyone you know.....?
     


I thought the owner of this number plate would have a better car.....




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9 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

A bug can make it all seem worse. But I have to admit your pictures DO look cold... oh, hell, I just hate it when all the leaves go and we're in for another cold drab winter.

I meant to write a cheery comment here but... well, there you are. :)

Jenny Woolf said...

The garden centre always has a giant inflatable Santa, it's really horrible, scary and gives me a shock every year when I see it looming ominously over their hedge.

Anonymous said...

How can I send you cards and gifts? I see no where here to obtain the necessary information to do so.

red dirt girl said...

Lovely sunset photograph.

The 'holiday' season makes me feel anything but 'holiday-ish.' And I get to be one of the lucky few that serve you, gentle customer, as you buy, buy, buy for your loved ones.

Yes, that IS a smile I have on my face. I drew it in with a red crayon.

xxx

Adullamite said...

Jenny, A woman in Australia is complaining about the heat. Silly girl!

Jenny, Garden centres need santa's I suppose, got a pin....?

Leaz, That's to stop the police finding me.

RDG, Most women I meet have a painted smile on....

FishHawk said...

Have you mentioned to the folks who want you to get a job that you are really good at lurking about at night? This sounds like a good qualification for a nightwatchman, or maybe a PM looking for a new intern?

Adullamite said...

Fishy, Our PM does not look for 'interns' whatever they are. He is a fine upstanding liar and not tempted that way, not with his wife available anyway.

Anonymous said...

You do know that Porsche (pictured in Helensburgh BTW) belongs to my mother in law don't you?

One of the above statements is true and the other should be!

Adullamite said...

Rab, I understand!