I remember being told once 'be careful what you wish for'… ooooops. Did I really want a white Christmas?! Just been watching the news and shocking statistics like that there have been 120 people in A & E over the last few days rather than the usual 40 or so.
Most have fallen in the ice and snow and one poor chap went out in his slippers to get some onions that were hanging in his shed..! Coal for heat or candles for light I would understand, but what kind of emergency requires onions?
It's all those of you who've planned to spend Christmas with family or friends, or just to jet off somewhere warm I feel sorry for. Sounds like a nightmare situation with the flights, and not too clever for those staying at home with no heating at present!
I have to admit to making an impulse buy on Monday… a set of thermal underwear. Not the prettiest… in fact, let's be honest here… some of the LEAST attractive underwear I've ever purchased! Yes it was cheap, and yes it's only meant to be worn to keep you warm, but seriously knickers that have grown at least four sizes after one wear have left me with a gusset closer to the ground than a centipede's stomach! I can't even begin to describe the vest top to you… some things are better left unsaid…
However, when I decided to go for a brief hike through the snow this morning I did wear them, and just prayed I wouldn't get mown down by a stray tractor. Imagine having to explain them away to those in the caring profession? I hope you like the photos I took. It was a bit chilly having to take my gloves off, but worth it I think.
If you look at the picture of what appears to be a cotton wool plant (left) – the little frondy bit top left is what it looks like without the snow! Of course it's all very seasonal but about four days too early, and the weather man told me tonight that it'll be much warmer and sunnier on Christmas Day, which is great news if you're planning to drive anywhere.
I mentioned last week that I was to be hosting X factor Meets Gym Factor at our local gym, and what a cracking night it was too. There were seven acts and children ranging in age from 5 to 15 – all of whom were as flexible as rubber bands! I was stunned. I've never seen such talent or movement with the exception of our Julia Roberts at Lady Greenwood's party – where she dropped to the floor without so much as a by your leave, and then skimmed the parquet flooring with her legs in scissor position! Remarkable woman!
I reminded Colin of this but he said I was too modest, and had performed a similar move after four mojitos and a Mexican meal! Suffice to say I was very relieved that I didn't have to choose a winner, as all seven acts deserved the title in my opinion. A corking night, where the icing on the cake was my manicurist Colette winning the Senior Coach of the year. Well deserved
I leave you with photographs of both Willows and Dodge guarding the Christmas tree and the parcels. I took the photographs on different days but they both sat in the same position! Actually it's rather late in the day for them to be guarding the tree. Can you believe it's died!!! I have watered it and talked to it, but to no avail. I fear it will be bald by Christmas day….
Thank you so much to all of you for my beautiful Christmas Cards, and all your lovely comments on these pages over the year. I can't tell you how much it means to hear a little about your lives too, and it's truly appreciated. Have a fabulous Christmas, and let's hope 2010 brings you all that makes you happy.
Love Ali x