Archive for December, 2010

autopilot east

Friday, December 31st, 2010

That Friday I left the office early and set the autopilot for East and home. It was New Year’s Eve and most people were getting into the zone. Party time. The radio played loud music as I drove through the Lincolnshire countryside. The light was disappearing fast and with the mists rising up from the fields the whole place looked like a movie set.

When I got home there was a nerf war going on upstairs. It was a no-go zone if you were over 13 years old. Anne fixed me a cup of tea and I sat down to check my twitter updates. Nobody seemed interested in the nerf war. If it had been another French Revolution it would have been different. Or maybe not (shrugs shoulders)!

I reckoned I had another 15 minutes of typing before it would be time to hit the Morning Star for early doors. I wouldn’t be there long. Just enough time to sink a few beers and then collect the take away curry from Poppadom Express on Monks Road.

We don’t do a big New Years Eve in our house. I think deep down Anne would like to but I can’t take the Auld Lang Syne false bonhomie. Call me a miserable bastard. I don’t mind kissing all the girls though but I can do that at home – guaranteed 🙂

I took the curry order off the kids. Two chicken kormas, two chicken tikka massalas and whatever I wanted. Way back I used to be a vindaloo man or at least madras but I got out of the habit when I stopped going out on the town after rugby on a Saturday. That’s civilisation for you I guess.

I like this clear headed time sat at my laptop. I won’t be productive after the pub. Ernest Hemingway used to drink six bottles of red wine whilst writing but it doesn’t work like that for me. It is completely dark now.

fireside still life

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

As the perpetual winter raged outside, life indoors by the fire continued in a very relaxed and comfortable manner. No need to go anywhere other than to fetch another load of fuel from behind the back door and to make the occasional pot of tea. Every now and again he would drop off to sleep, waking up after a short while to continue with his book. There was no other world.

My first school – Trefor Davies aged 49

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

My First School – Eileen Davies nee Rourke

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

My First School – Alun Davies aged 76

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

year end

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

The crisp,
quiet ending to a year
that reached crescendo,
celebrated not lamented,
the flickering fire,
log fed, crackles,
fat bellies sprawl
and nothing moves,
a cold induced lock-down
pending new hope.

What do you get a mother for Christmas?

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

What do you get a mother for Christmas? Someone who has room for no more gadgets, whose larder is stocked full for the winter and who has filled most of the wardrobes in their five bedroom house for two with the contents of several clothes shops. Could I give her youth and vitality?  No despite her years she has youth aplenty. Love she dispenses freely without strings. She can have some of this back though it isn’t part of the contract. Praises she has had more of over the years than she could shake her stick at, if she had a stick, and friendship comes naturally. She already shared with me her attitude to life.

All I can think of is a pair of socks and a big hug and thank you for being my mam.


Hairdo conversations

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Single sided hairdo telephone conversation heard on a train:

Helen has gone back to a bob with a fringe – she’s really blonde
I’m growing mine back
You do look young but I don’t think that is a bad thing.
I think you should go back to your redhead – the desperate housewives redhead.
I love it when it is like that.
It makes me feel more feminine when it is longer

random favourite tweets

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Chinks in the curtain of the twittershpere:

Some discoveries in woeful depths of knicker drawer – chequebook, Camping & Caravanning Club card. But they won’t fill a stocking

I need the wrapping magic fairies to come visit me!

sounds fun, sorry I could not make it – maybe next year

In other news, I’m heading back to the shire on Saturday. I plan to do a great deal of sleeping.

On Brek show this am: Mablethorpe town council have approached govt to see if they can have Ark Royal when RN’s finished with it. Honestly!

will it fit on the boating lake?:)

Oh no. Lucy’s Lunchbox in #Farnham closed. Scribbled note with no further explanation. No sign of life. Permanent?



Saturday, December 18th, 2010

As I was asleep in bed,
The little snow fairies came,
They danced in the air,
Bringing snowflakes falling everywhere.

I woke up next morning and guess what I saw,
What the little snow fairies had made,
On the way to the pool (to train of course),
My dad we’re not going to get there,
How disappointed I was but I still got to play in the snow.

So if you look out your window,
And see a land of white,
You’ll know that the snow fairies came.

California here I come

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Rarely can
an individual have
chosen so wisely in
heading beyond the extremities of the
english weather;
leaving behind a
build up of snow and
rather slippery ice
is what some might term
though I might have
overused the
wisdom bit, to fit.

for Rachel

After the snow

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

The worst has arrived.
Not the drifting, car-swallowing, pristine flurrying whiteness
of the Christmas card
nor the cold cosy backdrop to dim lanterned carollers,
woolly scarves and cheeks aglow.
ugly ice melt pavement rinks,
reappearing dirty greenery,
pitiful frozen survivors
and a long way to go ‘til spring.

train journey south through snowy fields

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

The Wragby Road Trio

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Train Services Affected By The Snow

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Poor weather conditions are causing disruption to all East Coast services, particularly in Scotland and the North of England.

Because of the poor weather conditions, East Coast has implemented a revised timetable today. Journey times for East Coast services throughout the route will be extended and may be subject to further delays due to the weather conditions. Passengers are asked not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Wednesday 1 December
Journey times for East Coast services throughout the route will be extended and may be subject to further delays due to the weather conditions.
An hourly service will operate from Edinburgh to London
A reduced service will operate between Leeds and London King’s Cross
A reduced service will operate between Newcastle and London King’s Cross
A limited service between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Passengers are advised to use ScotRail services
No services will be calling at Dunbar
There are no services going to or from Inverness or Aberdeen today. All services will be terminating at Edinburgh. Passengers are advised not to attempt to travel to destinations north of Edinburgh. There is no onward transport beyond Edinburgh.
Passengers with tickets for cancelled services travelling on Off Peak, Super Off Peak or Advance tickets, may travel on a service two hours before or after the train specified on the original booking.
The adverse weather is expected to last for the rest of the week and services may be subject to further alteration. Further details will be provided when they are made available.
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