I help out at a local junior school every Thursday moring and today we looked at Christmas poems. I wrote a Christmas list acrostic poem.
What Christmas means to me!
C is for the candle which lights up the night.
H is for the holly with red berries bright.
R is for the reindeers flying through the air.
I is for the icy ground – be careful on the stair.
S is for the star above the manger bed.
T is for the tinsel strands silver, gold and red.
M is for the delicious, hot mince pies.
A is for the angelic host who filled up the night skies.
S is for Santa always full of good cheer.
Wishing you, along with me,
a Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year!
Thought for the day: This holiday; live every moment, laugh every day and love everybody .
Everyone likes chocolate, don't they? At a recent writing workshop I set this task for the members ; to write a story using as many different chocolate bar names as they could.
Here is my effort. Read it through and see how many you can find. Answer next week.
In a far off galaxy somewhere between Mars and the Milky Way, Freddo and Kit Kat, two intrepid astronauts hurtled through space on a marathon journey to the outer reaches of the Milky Bar.
Their rocket, called Double Decker used its boost to fuse and the ripple that it caused sent a shock twirl through the universe.
They were heading towards the planet Caramac where the Curly Wurly‘s lived. The duet had arranged to have a picnic with fellow astronauts, Lieutenant Toffee Crisp and Captain Kinder Egg who had undertaken this lion of a journey weeks ago aboard their drifter space ship. It was their dream trip.
When they met, the topic of their conversation was the amount of bounty that had been placed upon the capture of the evil Snickers, an alien who had laughed his way around the cosmos doing unspeakable acts of devilry. However, a time out was called for. They listened to music by the Minstrels and with a chomp and crunch they munchied their way through the delicious freeze dried delicacies made from silky smooth rollos.
Freddo heard a hushed wispa, “fudge and flake!” These were the passwords for the arrival of the secret space police, who were led by Sergeant Aero Yorkie. Suddenly their revels were disturbed and the planet was alight with chocolate orange laser beams, which revealed the alien desperado.
“What’s happening?” the astronauts shouted. Sergeant Yorkie dragged Snickers into their camp and explained that he had stolen a space ship full of twix ray guns and had hidden them in the Toblerone pyramids on the planet. But with cunning and stealth he had been captured by the space police however in the ensuing battle their ship had been damaged. They now needed a lift back to Sweetshop City on Planet Earth and he wondered if they would oblige.
It was agreed and everyone made their way to the ships.
“What an exciting time we have had," they all thought! "We must do it again sometime soon!”
And with a dash and a splash of rocket fuel they sped off into the dark night.
Thought for the day: You can't buy happiness but you can buy chocolate; and that is kind of
the same thing!
On Tuesday I wrote about my weekend away at a Murder Mystery event, which I attended with my lovely husband and two friends. Today I want to mention the problems that I had with the packing for this weekend!
I tell you packing for a weekend let alone a week in this country is a nightmare! It doesn’t matter which season or time of year it is because our weather is so unpredictable.
I know what you are thinking- layers- that’s the answer but I look like the Michelin tyre man when I try layers and that is not a good look!
The problems start with what to wear for the journey as I am usually warm in the car then cold rushing from the car to the restaurant at the service station on the motorway, then warm again when having a drink break. Layers become more uncomfortable; holding me prisoner in their warmth and I feel trapped.
Then just thinking about two evening meals, one of them the murder mystery event and two days sightseeing out and about makes my head explode with indecisions. Some hotels are warm whilst others are cold. I’ve been in some where the icicles shiver!
Then the meals themselves conjure up total all encompassing panic. Will people dress up? Will it be evening attire and is a long dress required? Will it be less formal on the Friday evening? And so on and son until I stand in front of my overnight bag comatose!
Once decisions have been made to cover every eventuality, from freezing snow storms through to thunderous downpours and onto warm sunny, dry days; the bags are finally packed!
I’m sure some clever mathematician could do an algorithm that would prove that the amount I took for two days away in this country compared with the amount I take away when holidaying abroad for two weeks was much more per item per day.
Oh well- C’est-la-vie!
Thought for the day: Over-pack! It’s why suitcases have wheels now! LOL
Just recently my lovely husband and I spent a weekend away at a Murder Mystery event. We have never done one before so with two friends we stayed at a hotel for two nights; dinner, bed and breakfast in Llandudno.
We hadn’t been to Llandudno for years so was pleasantly surprised by the layout of the town, the sea front promenade and Happy Valley gardens. We had good weather and walked up the Great Orme, which was a strenuous, hilly adventure; across hillsides and steep roads but the views were impressive when we reached the top. I found it more difficult coming down the steep pathways!
We saw the town’s Christmas parade and I was impressed by the Batalia drummers who performed there. These were a group of Samba playing drummers who gave a really good show.
The Murder Mystery was unfortunately a bit of a letdown. The audience was geared up for it with their note books and pens and reminiscences of C.S.I TV programmes, but the performance, which was really ‘role play in character’ was sketchy and chaotic at times and our group gave up half way through.
The clues were irrelevant to the final murder that we had to solve, which wasn’t the one we had set out to solve earlier on in the evening. As with all things like this we decided that we could have done it better but isn’t that the way of all British people wherever you go!
The rest of the audience seemed to enjoy it but with the bar being 2 for 1 maybe that could account for it.
However we had a good time all in all and it was nice to get some fresh air and spend time with our friends.
Would we go on another Murder Mystery weekend? We would say yes. Maybe try for one that was a little more expensive, in the hope that the organisation of the event would be better. Maybe one where there would be scenes to watch in between meal courses or something like that. We will have to look around for another similar event.
In the New Year we would like to try an Escape Room! That should be fun!
Thought for the day: The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.
Today is the 1st of December and all over the country children will be opening their advent calendars for the first time. (Dear daughter mine, even at the age of 25, has been looking forward to opening hers!)
I wondered where the idea for an advent calendar came from so I did a little research about them.
Here are just a few on offer;
· Lego filled calendars.
· Cheese advent calendar
· 24 miniature bottles of a variety of whiskey or gin.
· Make up and beauty calendars
· Christmas tree ornaments, decorate your tree daily.
· A selection of different teas or coffee.
· Thomas the Tank Engine mini –trains.
· Bracelet with a charm a day calendar
· And believe it or not advent calendars for your dog or cat!!
Thought for the day: Say hallo to a brand new day, every day.