Posted: 22/12/2015 at 16:38
Back from our trip away. Took the caravan to Yorkshire and stayed about 3 miles outside York. Nice to be able to Park & Ride and actually enjoy the festive events whilst watching everyone else running around trying to be somewhere else half an hour ago
We drove over to Keswick for a day to pick up some items from Honister slate mine. There were areas in and around which had clearly suffered severe flood damage and some sad skips full of furniture etc - but it was absolutely amazing how normally the town seemed to be functioning. Most businesses open, only one road closure (that we saw) and lots of festive hustle and bustle. Resilient and hardy folks 'up north' - proud to number many northerners amongst my family and friends
Came home Sunday and it's now full steam ahead getting ready for the in-laws to spend a few days with us (OH is driving back to Yorkshire tomorrow to collect them). Have just done my Christmas Day cooking / timings list and my final shop list for tomorrow.
Just cannot function without lots of lists when I am busy - have to add absolutely everything to them so I can still cope if brain melts and / or I have one too many G&T's
Looks as though you've all been busy too - a bit too much to catch up on just now so hope I haven't missed anything I ought to know about.
Nice to hear from P'doc - hope you start to feel a bit more like it now we're past the shortest day .
Also best wishes and thoughts with those of you who don't like this time of year for whatever reason. My OH has to work away over Christmas alternate years and then I find it really difficult not to be affected by the media / TV / family hyping up Christmas to the max.
We all know the reality is somewhat different but it still makes me feel somewhat excluded if I'm going to be on my own. It's my choice to be alone but it would be nice to have something 'normal' to watch / listen to / read between the 15th and 30th December - thank goodness for my trusty video recorder and books...
This year will be a nice family affair for me - but I won't forget how kind and supportive some of my Forum friends were last year when I was feeling rather low. I shall certainly be taking time out to pop into the forum on the day to say hello to anyone who wants a chat.