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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Hectic time of year

I'd almost forgotten what it's like in the UK at this time of year.  On the rare occasions I've been here for Christmas I have arrived just before the big event and missed the run-up to it.

I don't really like all the commercialism that goes with Christmas.  The shops full of things that people feel they must buy but can't really afford.  I'm no exception..I've been caught up in the spending frenzy too.  I can't really tell you where all the money has gone, but it's disappearing rapidly like water down a drain.

I have had to buy certain things for myself.  I threw away my 37 year old boots and replaced them with some decent leather ones.  The only other footwear I had with me were ankle length walking boots, and having been caught in several downpours during the past week, these have suffered the same fate.  Not wanting to allow the rain to ruin my new leather boots, yesterday I bought some short nylon fabric boots, which were very cheap.  They will of course get wet, but they will dry out very quickly.

The old ankle boots were 12 years old.  It made me stop and think about how rarely I buy clothes and shoes these days.  I never wear dresses.  There's not much call for dressing up in our village!  The last coat I bought was also 12 years ago.  I found a coat in Sainsbury's of all places which was originally £45 but had been reduced to half price.  I also had a £6 voucher so I now have a new coat.  No doubt this will last for another 12 years or so.

There have been some memorable moments over the past couple of weeks.  We visited Billy's nursery school one afternoon, on a day when it was very cold and the frost looked like a gentle sprinkling of snow.  We all gathered around the Christmas tree outside and the children sang christmas songs.  It was just beautiful.

Billy and I had a day out in Windsor on Wednesday.  We caught the bus and browsed the shops so that he could choose presents for his mummy, daddy and Jimi.  He absolutely loved it and he chose very well.  He particularly liked the fact that every shop we visited gave him a chocolate or sweet!  He chose where we should have lunch....not surprisingly Pizza Hut...his favourite.  And he slept on the bus all the way home.  He is such good company and it was a real pleasure to spend this day with him.

Jimi is sleeping a little better at night these days, but he is a bundle of frantic energy.  I really don't know how my daughter copes with him.   He can be so naughty at times, but has such a cute smile that it's impossible to get cross with him.

I have my first "free" day today to re-charge my batteries in preparation for the hectic time ahead!

18 comments:

  1. Hectic, but I'm guessing you're still loving being with your family for Christmas, Ayak. Your day out with Billy sounds delightful.

    I'm with you on clothes and shoe buying. I hate doing it and therefore I do it as infrequently as possible. I wear the same things so often that I reckon that family and friends known the contents of my limited wardrobe as well as I do. :-)

    Have a wonderful Christmas, dear Ayak.

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    1. I used to get pleasure from buying clothes and shoes years ago Perpetua, but it's really just a chore now. Comfort and practical are the key words these days.

      Yes I am enjoying this time with my family very much.

      I hope you too have a lovely Christmas Perpetua xxx

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  2. Hi Ayak! Lovely to read how it is in the UK and of course with your family too! It sounds hectic and wet! Our little Eva is coming tonight as we have a big family get-together so I understand absolutely how special yr day with Billy must have been. Our mutual friend from Selçuk is coming here for Christmas Day! Looking forward to seeing her after all this time!

    A Very Merry Christmas to you, dear Ayak! PS love yr new photo!

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    1. Hi Claudia. How lovely that Eva is coming to spend time with you. She must be growing fast..they change so much don't they?

      Please wish the seasons greetings to our friend from Selcuk, and I hope you and your family have a lovely time xx

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  3. Oh that day out in Windsor sounds like bliss, lucky grandma.

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    1. It was lovely KV. Windsor is pretty close to where my family live, and surprisingly not very busy on Wednesday.

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  4. I agree with you about clothes and shoe shopping. I haven't bought a single item for myself this year and hope to do the same next year. However , having a 20 year old daughter , I have still managed to clock up credit card usage in Next and Top Shop.

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    1. Oh I can imagine BtoB. There'll be no spare cash for you with a 20yr old daughter!

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  5. I don't buy lots of clothes either and they have to last. I also don't wear dresses.
    This country has gone mad on a buying frenzy but a lot of folk have used the internet. Money doesn't go far these days.
    Have a lovely Christmas with your family.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. Maggie I had the impression that there was no money about these days but you would never know from the amount of people spending in the shops today.

      And a Happy Christmas to you and Harry and your family xx

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  6. Your day with Billy sounds wonderful. I hope the rest of your stay is as much fun. Have a great Christmas Ayak...lots of love Jxxx

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    1. It was Janice. Have a lovely Christmas Janice and I hope 2013 will be better for you than this year xxx

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  7. A lovely day with Billy...so nice for him to have you to himself for a while.

    I too had forgotten now hectic the run up to Christmas can be....but it was rather fun being in crowds of people who were happy and chatty.

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.....you can catch up on the sleep when you get back!

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    1. Sleep? I've almost forgotten what it is Fly! But yes I'll have plenty of time to catch up when I get home.

      And a very Happy Christmas to you and Mr Fly xxx

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  8. Your outing with Billy sounds very enjoyable in Windsor....is that the town where the Queen's castle is? It is so cute and quaint there, so different from where I live, but was there only a short hour. :-(
    Hectic....is the right word, but I'm sure you are making some nice memories with your family.
    I too hate buying shoes and clothes somtimes...it's like a chore. I don't work so all day I just wear jeans and sneakers.Something that is comfy......I don't even know where my boots are, haven't had to wear them yet this year and I live in the Great White North but NO snow and hardly any rain.
    Enjoy your time.....and wishing you and your Family a very Merry Christmas with all the trimmings and a Happy and Healthy New year!!!!!!! Hope Santa is good to you this year.

    Erica XXXXX

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    1. Hi Erica. Yes Windsor is where the Queen lives for some of the time. It's a lovely town and as its so close to where I used to live, I shopped there quite often.

      I know what you mean about being comfortable. I'm always in jogging pants and t=shirts at home. I only really sort out anything half decent when I come to England.

      Happy Christmas to you and your family Erica xxx

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  9. Great memories being made for all of you! you paint a wonderful picture! Happy Christmas xx

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  10. Thankyou Noreen and a very Happy Christmas to you too xxx

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