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Xmas Eve

As Xmas Day itself draws ever near, the Cumbrian weather has been all the more soggy and gusty. However, it’s nothing that can’t be endured by wearing an extra layer or two. The big grocery shop went well, with no instances of trolley rage to be reported – although I’m sure if I was in the shops today I might not be able to withstand the crowds and lack of orderly queues.

I’ve managed to resist the traditional panic buying brought on by supermarkets closing for a whole 24 hours. As I’ve got older I don’t suffer the need to test the limits of my body’s ability to consume food/drink anymore, and I reckon I’ll feel all the better for it by Boxing Day. Even with a dash of portion control, I’ll still need to take a brisk walk in the afternoon to aid the digestion. Luckily the scenery is fantastic, so I won’t find it hard motivating myself to step outside.

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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Clothes, Food, Health, Holidays, Outdoors, Shopping, Travel, Xmas


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Grey Xmas

I’m already resigned to it being a rainy Xmas this year rather than a snowy one, though brief bursts of hail have whitened to hill tops of Cumbria. With enough warm and waterproof clothing, none of this is a problem at all.

Whilst some people might enjoy activity filled holidays, I prefer to wind things back a notch and slow down when taking a break. Laying in bed each morning is allowed, breakfasts last longer and lunches take place whenever they can be comfortably slotted in. Rushing is never allowed and everywhere is explored at a steady pace. Plans for the week are loose, with only a big Xmas grocery shop being the immovable object in the calendar.

It seems that every time I pay for something in a shop the person at the checkout asks me if I’m ready for Xmas yet. I think I’ve been ready for it for some time – I have no worries about last minute travel plans and frantic trolley dashes round the stores. So I’ll be ambling around the Lakes, taking the occasional photo and making sure I meet my daily quota of mince pies.

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Clothes, Food, Holidays, Outdoors, Shopping, Travel, Xmas


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Holiday Time

With Xmas just around the corner, the Sock Mistress and I have decided to be our usual antisocial selves and go hide in the Lake District for a week. We’ll be shacked up in a little cottage, with the heating turned up high and the fridge groaning at the seams from all the food we’ll be stockpiling.

The journey across the country has been a pleasant one – first class rail as usual. Totally worth the extra money for the extra leg room and unlimited tea/biscuits. Plus, since it’s still an ordinary working day, the trains aren’t busy. The weather may be its usual fickle self, but it’s December – it’s not as if it was going to be hot and sunny.

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Food, Holidays, Travel, Xmas


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507 Regenerations +1

The present series of Doctor Who has come to an end, leaving the audience hanging on until the 50th anniversary special in November. I’ve just about enjoyed the second half of this current run, but the 45 minute stand-alone episodes haven’t felt very… epic. Setting that right, The Name of the Doctor was the first episode to explicitly show previous Doctors interacting with the current cast (if you don’t count the Children in Need special with the 5th and 10th Doctors).

The story itself was just a prelude to the dramatic final scene when The Doctor and Clara wade into The Big Blue Squiggle of Doom and meet John Hurt, the long lost incarnation of our favourite timelord. I’m really looking forward to the conclusion of this story, even if it will be the Who equivalent of a STTNG Holodeck episode.

Whatever happens, whatever is revealed, after an hour(ish) of thrills and Time War flashbacks, the end of the story will conclude with The Doctor and Clara stepping out of The Big Blue Squiggle and everything will be in place for the Xmas special. Doctor Who always works better during those dark, Winter evenings anyway, so I can’t wait!

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Sci Fi, Xmas


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Season’s Greetings

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Season’s greetings from all the Sockymon. Especially Burton, who is feeling particularly festive.  Amazingly, I didn’t actually receive any socks for Christmas this year… which would have gone on to be Sockymon  in 6 months time.  Oh well, there are plenty more socks lying around the place already that are just waiting for reanimation 😉

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Posted by on December 26, 2008 in Socks


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