It’s hard to believe another year has almost gone! Christmas is just around the corner
Because, because, because, because
I had a lovely Christmassy day yesterday taking my grand daughter, who’s just turned 10, for a Christmas treat. We went to see the Wizard of Oz at The Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. It was acted, not a film. The actors were really good with everything pitched just right, and she was completely captivated. As was I 🤗 The cowardly lion was exceptional!
Mind you, one of the highlights for her was the big bang at the end and a shower of green sparkly bits from the ceiling. Oh, and the various people flying over the stage in wires at various points, she loved that bit. Children like the simplest things.
She had some kind of infection and was sneezing, coughing and blowing her nose. Reckon she was covered head to toe and needed a go in the sheep dip by the time we got home, she must have been covered with germs! Yerghh.
After the Wizard, we went off to buy the DVD and the book. She shares my love of books and we both love to visit Waterstones. Seeing as most of the time I go to charity shops or the library this is as much of a treat for me as it is for her.
I treated myself to some serious reads. If I’m going to pay book shop prices, I want something I want to keep.
There’s a chap on Twitter called Harry Leslie Smith. He’s lived through two world wars and a depression and speaks a lot of sense. The first book is by him, Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future. When I saw it, and saw it was by him, I thought I’d give it a go.
The next one that caught my eye was Bread For All, the origins of the welfare state, by Chris Renwick
The flyleaf says: In lively and incisive fashion Chris Renwick tells the story of the remarkable men and women whose ideas and decisions led, by accident as much as by design, to the creation of a distinctively British welfare state.
And finally, Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy by Tim Hartford. Who thought up paper money? How did the contraceptive pill change the face of the legal profession? What was the secret element that made the Gutenberg printing press possible? Interesting questions that I wanted to read about.
I had a loyalty card which saved me £10, which is just as well as the Amazon prices are an average of £5 each cheaper. Pfft, I splurged!
A VERY large teddy bear
In the shopping centre, Lesley found this enormous teddy bear that you could sit on and have a picture taken. No attendant, and perhaps more to the point at this time of year, no charge. Another little girl was desperate to have her turn and as her Dad held her arm to stop her spoiling our picture, he got a static shock! Much giggling all round
I drove a total of 90 miles and spent a fortune, it was worth it all and I’m very glad I’m able to do it. It hasn’t always been so
Whatever you’re doing over the next few days, I hope you enjoy your time, see who you want to, eat what you like and enjoy this mid winter break, whatever you call it.