Sadly not much jollity in evidence in these parts though. One tiny ray of personal sunshine is that Whittards has found a buyer so I sha'nt have t worry quite yet about where ny next 250g of fresh ground Old Brown Java is coming from. I know there's always Taylor's of Harrogate, but it's so much nicer seeing an operative pour the beans out of the tin and into the grinder, whilst solicitously advising that once ground it's only good for a week or two at best, and asking whether the filter I'll be using is paper or permanent (aparently it makes a big difference).
Even the early a.m. run to collect the Turkey from M&S was a muted affair this year. Normally the place is heaving with beaming and avuncular types cheerily queuing for their produce and knocking back simmering goblets of mulled wine. This morning there were a half dozen bedraggled pensioners, a harrased looking suited lady exec and moi. And not a whif of mulled anything. Looking back on 08 it will not go down in the annals of Ambridge as an especially kind year-- and this was before the "crunch". Looking forward 09 doesn't hold out the prospect of being much better.
Still so long as there are Hob Nobs and Java to be had life can't be all bad. And I am as always eternally indebted to those of you who are kind enough to feed back on my ramblings. Your generosity of spirit, and lack of sound judgement, do you all credit, and I wish you all as safe and happy a Christmas and New Year as is humanly possible.
I may well be back before the latter (it's business as usual here Monday through Wednesday) but if not then I hope you will excuse me.
Now I'm just off to google McVities to make sure they are not yet in peril of calling in the recievers, so if you'll all excuse me.....