Tuesday, December 17, 2019
We're well established in our morning routine. Sophie shrieks. Angus gets up. A quick tour of the garden then off to the bakers for the morning croissants and a cup of coffee. Sophie scurries up and down the ramp into the back of the car as if she's been doing it all her life.
The animated bears in the supermarket Santas grotto have had a malfunction. The smaller mechanical bears go through their routine of swaying backwards and forwards unhindered. The larger bear peering out of the log cabin has somehow become misaligned and got its paw stuck in a window. This has caused it to topple over. It now squirms around on the inside. At the end of each cycle the bear bangs its head against the door frame three times. This surely can't be what the store Christmas decorators had in mind. The sort of mechanical trauma that could scar a toddlers memory for life.
Christmas is a time of the year when artisanal retailers set up their stalls in the empty recesses of the shopping centre. This morning a man selling wooden flowers in gaudy colours makes an appearance.
Inside the supermarket a group of old age pensioners are standing in front of the American section of the exotic foods aisle. 'Newmans' Salad Dressing has caught their eye. There were six bottles but the seniors only leave one behind as they proceed with their Christmas shopping. The power of name recognition.
Christmas song 14. Something bracing : https://youtu.be/D9xJEiD8HTo?t=6