Saturday, 2 December 2017
Having spent time yesterday sorting the gift and Christmas cards I was somewhat irritated to discover another niece hiding in the hills. This meant I had once again to trudge needlessly into Tesco earlyish this morning, passing the few brave souls setting out their stalls for the Christmas Saturday sales, and rush round Tesco accidentally spending another £10 on things forgotten or just wanted this morning. On the way I posted three more cards and have now half completed the job that I usually have completed by the 1st of December to everyone's annoyance. Then I discovered I need some more cards as the ones I have will not do for the folks awaiting.
My neighbours surviving flowers, three at least, are holding up well considering it is December and she has spent more on the bottle than on them this year. Only once did the ambulance call this year...
After breakfast I sauntered round the town looking at the completed stalls and in the town centre I found this Pixi (?) blowing up balloons and twisting them into shapes for the kids. One of life's simple yet easily destroyed pleasures that has delighted kids since balloons were invented. The rubber balloon was invented it appears in 1824 by Michael Faraday when experimenting with hydrogen gas however a man named Thomas Hancock developed what we now know as balloons.
In days of yore pigs bladders and cat intestines were used to make a balloon of sorts, good luck to you I say!
Food for the hungry (I didn't note the prices but a later stall was selling pies at £4 each!
A pub in the high Street! We don't have many of them do we...
I saw a sign saying "£6 a Tankard" and wondering what they meant by 'Tankard' I wandered on.
Down the far end someone was singing "It'll be lonely this Christmas" and listening to him I knew why. He was someone famous using the Elvis song to get a Christmas pension, he will succeed but not near me.
Naturally with so many kids out for the great Christmas switch on (apart from the High Street there is a technical problem) someone would be on hand to offer them a delight for a small sum of gold. There were many wandering around holding bright shaped things that Gran and Granddad (mostly granddad) had paid for. I never got one.
Nowhere near as many stall as last year, clearly some did not pay well, but one or two kids things still arrived.
On the main stage something from 'Heart FM' was singing very loudly and in a very high voice "What about Looove, What about Loooooeeeoove" over and over again. On her fortieth repetition, I did not notice any verses in between, it crossed my mind of an explanation as to why she was not receiving the 'Loooove' she desired. As she finished many in the audience applauded. I remain unclear whether this was because of the singing or because she ceased singing. 'Heart FM Essex' is not a station I listen to as I have a musical ear and I do not wish it damaged.
Such events fill a gap in small towns and please the few decent shops that remain. I wandered of to buy a few more cards and then into Sainsburys for the chips I forgot this morning and left them to it.
I expect similar stalls next week will be out and possibly with Christmas lights up everywhere, but I probably will not notice...