Thursday, December 24, 2015

Bring me the change.

The sunny, unseasonably warm weather continues. Blue sky and shirtsleeves for our morning outing. The central heating is on but barely ticking over. 'The Font' fills the little Skoda up with petrol at 94 cents a litre . Not so long ago it was a Euro fifty.

At lunchtime the mayors secretary can be seen decorating the three small yews outside the town hall. This is the ' Here's $5 for decorations. Bring me the change ' way to celebrate Christmas.

And here is a picture of a PON boy in that split second before he's pounced on by an enthusiastic sister.

No Christmas Eve would be complete without a clip from the wonderful world of Swedish television. Who is the man in the red velvet smoking jacket ? What is the happy lady with her enormous earrings ( 0.56) thinking ? What is going through the minds of  the characters at the second piano (2.04) ?


  1. Poor unsuspecting Bob, though he does have a wary look in his eye. He knows his sister too well !
    Can't help thinking that some of the surplus from the Mayor's budget might have been channelled into a few of those lovely Alessi ornaments you showed us yesterday.
    A Happy Christmas to you all at the ROF, from us all here in sunny Spain.

  2. Having just heard that Americans consume more energy on Christmas lights than some developing nations use in a year, I find something appealing in the modesty of your village's display.
    Cheers, Gail.

  3. "Bring me the change!" said just like "OFF with her head!!"...I am dying with laughter here.
    Angus you do make me laugh...thanks for writing your blog posts throughout the year, they're a great part of my life and I love waking up to your musings.
    Wishing all of you at the ROF a lovely Christmas Eve.

  4. His eyes say it all! Happy Christmas to you and yours!

    From all of us on the wintry Canadian prairies

  5. Bob's wary look is delightful.
    The discretion shown in the town hall decorations may be somewhat balanced by the Old Farmer's bright display of lights. In this rural edge of America we have noticed how diminished the light displays seem to be this year, perhaps indicative of a certain mood, perhaps not.
    In your Christmas 2009 post you said something quite beautiful about "a thrill of hope that sums up everything there is about Christmas." I keep coming back to those words. We wish all in the Rickety Old Farmhouse a very Merry Christmas full of peace and joy.

  6. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas.