Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Twenty times a day.

First light. The PONs have wandered upstairs and are waiting at the bedroom door. Sophie's wearing a grumpy 'what's keeping you ?' face. Bob has fallen back asleep. Sophie always yelps with excitement when she goes out of the front door. As she goes out twenty times a day you'd think the excitement might wear off. How wrong you'd be.

Time to start getting the Christmas decorations out. The old Shaker candlesticks, bought in the San Francisco antique shop forty years ago for the extortionate price of $100, are brought up from the cellar and dusted down. Candles are found. We are about to enter that 'Swedish' time of the year with burning candles everywhere. Angus can only assume Swedish household insurance premiums are very high.

Later on today Bob, Sophie and Angus will go and choose a Christmas tree. Angus wants a twelve footer. 'The Font' points out that a twelve footer and two enthusiastic rug surfing PONs is a combination that's likely to end in tears. We agree to look for a 'medium' sized tree that can be placed out of reach of the angelic duo.

'The Font' is slightly alarmed to read in the morning paper that the village recorded a swing to the Front Nationale in Sundays second round elections. They were given a clear majority. Hope seems to have lost out to fear in this little corner of paradise.

Gentle in its tone, gentle in its tempo. Here, as a gratuitous antidote to politics, is a trailer for a new Scots film :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e109WqllzZw


  1. Beautiful candlesticks, our Ikea "plug-ins" are not in the same league, but not so heavy on the household insurance!
    Sophie yelps because she knows it's going to be the best day ever !

  2. The candle sticks are wonderful. Thank you too for the link - I really enjoyed that. I hate the wind and the rain but goodness knows that we know how to do scenery in good weather. Happy Christmas to the four of you.

  3. Is a Swedish or girly think to love candles? My husband would not be sad to never see another candle but I love them!
    Can't wait to see the PONs and tree!

  4. Looking forward to Sullivan's Winter which will hopefully be released in the US.
    My vote is for a tree large enough that it has to come in through the sitting room
    window...always interesting.

  5. Clearly Sophie is in a perpetual Zen state. The candlesticks are exquisite and worth every penny. Sullivan's Winter is shaping up to be a beautiful film. For another view of Scotland, perhaps only Glasgow, take a look at Kevin Bridges on YouTube, he's a young Glaswegian comedian.
    Vancouver Barbara

  6. "open your arms when winter comes".
    A lot of wisdom in that.

  7. The candlesticks are beautiful, and the film trailer a lovely antidote.
    For the other side of Scotland, yes, I too recommend Kevin Bridges (look for the clip where he describes how he accidentally bought a horse on holiday in Roumania...)..
    Cheers, Gail.

  8. I love those candlesticks and that painting! What is the name of it? I can honestly tell you, even a 6.5 foot tree and a 6 month old puppy that never stops almost saw the mulch pile this last weekend (the tree not the puppy). She decided that taking a fabulous swan dive off the couch to see what one of the cats was doing UNDER the tree and then meeting up with said tree was an idea that sounded good at the time. Almost gave me one heart attack for Christmas.

  9. The candle holders are so elegant! I could delight in looking at them year round. What about hanging the tree, from the ceiling, in a corner? Then decorate as usual, except for the narrow point of the tree. I have seen this done and it is most interesting.

  10. The film looks wonderful, don't think it'll make it into the wilds of central New South Wales though.