And thus endeth the half year

Don’t punch me, but Hubby and I will be making plans for our unofficial Christmas in the next couple of weeks.
We’ve invited MOH up before the holiday season really gets underway and intend to get the tree down and put the trimmings up. I’ve got a pudding in the cupboard already, and mince pies are still available.
It’s all gone to pot, as what used to be traditional fayre is now available practically all year, so to me we can celebrate without the hassle of fighting for space in the car park and whining kids wanting the posh and expensive presents as advertised.
The cards are made and the poem written, I just have to print it off, stick it in, and put them in the post.

Now is the time for BBQs and beach parties, and on my walk the other morning I saw a couple eating ice cream for breakfast.
That took me back, as Hubby and I used to do that when we were on holiday in Devon and Cornwall camping. We also discovered what time the pasties were taken out of the oven (6.30am) and just how much cream a fresh meringue can hold before it crumbles. Our ‘scientific research’ was second to our tasting skills.

Sometimes I like upside down days, where we have a cooked breakfast and then cereal for tea, or just go with the flow and eat what we fancy as the day progresses. In this heat though, all three of us don’t want very much, and I heard on the radio this morning that there is likely to be a lettuce shortage next week as stocks are almost out and the crops have fried in the fields so they will be relying on imports. Read that as another excuse to put prices up.

Also another little gem (hey, that’s a lettuce too!) is that a major supermarket chain here has limited the sale of soft drinks to people due to the CO2 shortage. This could also explain why in pubs soft drinks are more expensive to buy than beer. I kid you not, I was charged £2.50 for a pint of soda and lime, whereas my darts companion was charged £2 for just soda! And the soda was dispensed from one of those multi-function taps that puts the fizz in tap water!

Next month sees both brothers birthdays and the start of the school holidays.
Town will no doubt be packed with holidaymakers and more whining kids wanting ice cream, burgers or a bucket and spade to bury Dad (or siblings) in the sand.
The amusement arcades, golf, House of Terror and Go-Kart track are all at the other end of town, though we will probably see more dogs this end as they are not allowed on the beach up there between May 1st and September 30th.

And a great time shall be had by all……………… wonder if we’ll have any snow?

Photos: Our ‘new’ Christmas tree and November’s snow!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to And thus endeth the half year

  1. foguth says:

    LOL, having your Christmas in the summer practically guarantees you non-icy roads! Brilliant idea. My hubby’s birthday is 12-31 … we’ve often surprised him with a birthday party in other months, but have never thought of rescheduling Christmas celebrations, too.

    • My great great nephew will be 5 on Christmas Day, but as far as I know they don’t celebrate at any other time of the year.
      It’s not practical for us to travel anywhere in the colder months, though with Mum gone now, there is no call for me to visit down South. It’s a 7 hour journey, including stops, for us to visit MOH, but Hubby still isn’t up to anything longer than 90 minutes (even with stops). It’s our turn to host MOH anyway, so it makes a lot of sense in the circumstances.

      • foguth says:

        I hope your hubby’s health improves – I’ve always enjoyed leisurely rides to see new areas, thus I think others like doing that, too.

      • It’s being confined to a seat, whether driving or not, for long periods that does him in as he can’t stretch his legs out. Sadly there’s not much he can do about it, so we have to be sensible as well as practical.

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Be careful what you wish for. There was snow in Newfoundland last week!

  3. colonialist says:

    ‘Sno use thinking about snow, you have a snowball’s hope in Devil’s Domain of that happening! Eldest daughter, after so much of her life spent in SA, is enjoying the weather and went for a run today, but says most of the English are miserable.
    Merry Halfway-to-Christmas and Happy Halfway-to-New-Year!

  4. How fun to do Christmas now!

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