Friday, 30 November 2018

A Creature of Darkness

I'm reconciled to dark mornings. It no longer distresses me to rise and breakfast in darkness, provided it's at least getting light by the time I clear up and go into the garden for my medicinal feverfew leaf.

At one time I found dark breakfasts very depressing, but no longer. Perhaps I'm becoming a creature of darkness.

However I doubt if I'd adjust so easily to the adoption of British Summer Time throughout the year. I hated it when we did that in the 1970's, and I had to start teaching before dawn.

I'd like to end the twice yearly change of clocks, but only by retaining Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year.

The End of the Tomato Crop

I ate the last of my home grown tomatoes today. The plants stopped producing several weeks ago but unripe fruit I gathered then have ripened indoors and today I ate the last of them, apart from a few tiny unripe fruit that seem unlikely to ripen.

I'm quite pleased to have home grown produce so late in the year. Early in September I collected seeds, so I hope to grow more next year


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Very Bad Value

If baffled by the need to choose Christmas presents likely to delight some fastidious acquaintance, one might be tempted to send them a 'hamper'.

Don't !!!!

The ones I've seen advertised seem to be extremely bad value for money. I've just checked through one I saw advertised on line at a price of £110, and estimate that the ordinary retail price of the contents would be in the region of at most £40.

Fearing liability for a libel action I don't give a link to the site, but I suspect that almost any hamper being offered would be as bad a buy.

Just check if you doubt my word.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

An Extravagent Gift

As we celebrate the end of a war that hardly anyone is old enough to remember, we hear of people 'giving their lives'.

I picture people queuing with little boxes, waiting to give them to some official, and dropping dead when the box is accepted.

Actually many of those who died were compelled to fight by governments, so often the architects of great wrongs.. Their lives were not given, but were stolen from them.