Tuesday, 25 December 2007

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A video camera. Ho Ho Ho.
What a Christmas present! We had been talking about replacing our old camera for a few months, but I thought had pretty much decided that waiting until the sales after Christmas was the sensible thing to do. I am so chuffed to be able to say that my present for Christmas.... my surprise present for Christmas (as opposed to the ones that I either bought, dropped heavy hints about or charged to his Amazon account) was a hard drive video camera. And how I love it! (Not as much as I love the children.... but a lot!)
And, yes, I have taken a lot of video since.
Which I can store on the 'puter.
When I get an external hard drive as backup.
And learn how to download it.
Oh, happy days lie ahead!

The Countdown Continues....

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Monday, 24 December 2007

On the eleventh day of Christmas...

My true love gave to me a quiet and peaceful Christmas Eve. God bless & wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a very happy and prosperous 2008!

Saturday, 22 December 2007

On the tenth day of Christmas...

My true love gave to me a visit to see St Nick.

We went to Park Hall Farm Park which is in Shropshire and had a fine time. They offer parents mince pies and mulled wine, have a little snow-themed waiting room amd a very happy fellow inside.
We went last year and really loved it, so hence this year we went again. And the best bit is, you don't have to book! (as we used to book for The Santa Specials at a nearby railway each year and ended up with at least one sickie for 4 out of the six years, not booking but still having a good time is an important feature for us)

The rest of the farm park is fun, too. There are mini 4x4 cars to drive, animals to look at and even times to hold the small animals. As a sign up on the wall read 'Rabbits for Christmas, £20' I suppose I should be glad we got out without an extra passenger this year (although as I said to DH, it doesn't say whether they're to keep or eat....)

Saturday, 15 December 2007

On the sixth day of Christmas..

My true love gave to me a dated decoration.

Since 1999 I have bought/ made a decoration and dated it. The first year I only had one child and just put the date on. By the following year the fever struck, I had two children and therefore needed to name and date the decorations and when you do it for two, you may as well do it for more... so I began to name and date decorations for all my nieces and nephews (only 7) as well.

I enjoy the idea that in twenty or so years time there will be at least 60 decorations on my tree that record the passage of time.

Mind you, in 20 years time they will probably all have vanished along with the 'children' to grace some other tree (possibly real fir) and be added to by grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. Woo, I feel like the ghost of Christmas Future, and I never did suit black and foggy.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

On the fifth day of Christmas....

My true love gave to me a Christmas tree!

Well, actually, it was about 13 years ago and I bought it myself.

The first year we were married I got a rooted tree. The idea was that we would use it, plant it out and re-pot it each year until it grew too big to bring in. I think it lasted just two weeks. There is a reason why my favourite plants are all found in the desert.

And the pine needles were everywhere! I hoovered everyday and still they kept on coming... six months later they were still in the carpet and when we finally moved house 10 years after that we moved the bookcase to find.... dessicated pine needles. No more real trees for me.

The following year I trogged off to B&Q and invested less than £100 in the biggest & best tree I could at that time afford. It's about 6 foot, has a spread of 3 1/2 foot and is now looking a little battered after 13 years use, but it works as a tree and I like the fact that it is beginning to earn its green credentials as a tree that doesn't contribute to landfill, will probably never be completely chucked out (being a pack-rat does wonders for your greenie points) and doesn't require tracts of land to be laid bare every year. And, yes, I know it doesn't smell real, or that there is nothing nicer than a real tree and it isn't truly the greenest option, but it is right for us at this point in our life and that is, after all, what life is about; making an informed decision and choosing the best option for oneself rather than the 'Best' because everyone else does it, or the magazines promote it or your family says so. No time of year should be more individual than Christmas and no time of the year suffers most from homogenisation than Christmas. God bless those of you with green fingers and patience; I shall enjoy the smell of fresh chopped pine in your house and the smell of cinnamon and orange in mine.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

On the 4th Day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

The double edition of the Radio Times (Santa? No Santa? Naff Photo or cutesy illustration? Why did they say the 8th when everywhere only starts putting it out on the 11th? These questions have haunted me all week!)

One of my traditions from literate and numerate age is to be the keeper of the Radio Times. We buy it every week because as well as all the listings it is actually a really good read without being soap obsessed (we don't do soaps) and hey, it's useful to have something somewhere to look up what time that programme you watch that nobody else does is on. And I come into my element especially at Christmas. I know when the double edition is out, I haunt newsstands to find it and snap up a copy as soon as I can. I am happier now that one magazine does all instead of my early days as the TV Chronicler when I needed two separate books for the BBC and ITV. But as soon as the magazines came out I used to move into megamotivated mode.

A cup of decent coffee, a highlighter pen and a pad of paper and I was off. I used mark down what I want to watch, list it all in the pad and work out what I may have wanted to video (in olden times) or hard drive, nowadays and whether I would have the space, tapes or time. One year I had two videos, two televisions and a DVD recorder to work with. Was I confused!
Now we have a Virgin media box that will tape two sides and let us watch another, the video doesn't record off the TV and this year my DVD recorder has gone kaput. Besides, the days of desperately filling time with TV are behind me. I choose quality against quantity now.... well, usually. So Christmas Eve will find me listening to the Nine lessons and carols while I peel potatoes while the highlight of Christmas will be the meeting of the Giants... Minogue and Tenant 6.50pm BBC1. How I anticipate the fun!