Thursday, 8 December 2016
This, the second card to have arrived, reflects somewhat on the sender in my opinion!
Each year we exchange expensive gifts, this year I sent one of those small tubes of coffee costing about 20 pence, this is the reply! A card designed for those who send large cheques to their family and friends arrives and as the wording tempted me to believe in a fortune awaiting inside I opened it with much anticipation. Here is the result, one much used worn penny that may have found a home in her shoe for some considerable time stuck to a picture of an old man and his hat! I mean really!
In times past I have received a short length of glittering blue cord, a chocolate biscuit and a pencil that had been tied in a knot! When it comes to spending money on great gifts this lass has not yet started! I imagine her granddaughter will however be piled with vast amounts of gifts none of which will contain a hat with a penny inside!
And what does she mean by 'old man's hat' anyway...?
More old fotos!
I like this one, it speaks of the sea and journeying to far off places on an adventure of some sort. I am afraid the 'Brent' never quite managed that as it spent most of its life pulling and pushing boats in the Thames around London Docks. However the time spent near water is never wasted in my mind especially when there are few about, you can enjoy what views there are, note individuals working on their boats and just enjoy an atmosphere very different form that found in car laden towns. If I ever find the energy I may rush back to Maldon and see how the Tug is preparing for Christmas.
I noted it again today when wandering about the shops, the stress that comes with Christmas. People are often grumpy and inconsiderate while shopping, the woman are, men are always thoughtful I find, but at this time of the year when the 'season of goodwill to all men' is in operation I find that 'goodwill' is harder to discover than at any other time. The lassies at the checkout are a wee bit stressed with the constant flow of people but still happier and more considerate than many customers. I did find one or two decent folks today and while the checkout girl gossiped with one slow old dear I gossiped with a lass who has lost three stone by avoiding sugar! Sad to say she had to as diabetes arrived but it goes to show how much we can lose. I considered the two large Xmas puddings, the ice cream, the three small Xmas puddings and the many sweet things I have to stuff down this Xmas and considered a new diet after this is over. I started some of it today but will slowly remove the rest over time. How often have I began a new diet...?
Anyway it is a stressful time but it need not be. Presents must be bought for important people and folks always leave it too late. Not all are strapped for cash and buying things as the money comes in many can prepare throughout the year but don't and leave it all to the last minute, not a good idea.
The cheerful music, played over and over again until the folks in the shops speak through gritted teeth, does not help matters. Much is irrelevant to Christmas anyway, soppy and sentimental but meaningless in regard to Christmas itself. Most cannot be heard from the hubbub below and interestingly while many sing along few will consider visiting a church carol service and join in.
Ass it is the phrase 'Goodwill to all men' is incorrect. I believe it actually reads 'Peace to men of goodwill,' the word 'peace' probably being 'shalom' and having more than just 'peace' in the meaning. You can check it out for yourselves. So many phrases we use are incorrect and far from their original meaning.
Football will be on soon, must fly....