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Season's Greetings

I don’t know quite what’s happened to my blog writing skills. There was a time when I could turn even the most insignificant event into something worth reading, but these days I’m finding it harder and harder to do.

Even since my post early last week, I’ve started several that just fizzled out – I was unable to lift things out of the mundane.

I’ve wanted to write about the debacle of ordering a new mattress online, where 3 times it was damaged in the delivery, so it wasn’t until the 4th time the company sent it out were we finally able to accept it.

The Solstice should have been a good one to write about, especially as last year it was –10 degrees C and this year it was +10 degrees C.

Christmas decorations, dental appointments, the “Men in sheds” Xmas lunch for the terminally self-employed.

I even had a whole thing about Christmas seeming to be locked in 4 distinct eras – Roman, Victorian, the 1950s and the 1970s.

But for some reason I can’t seem to get the words to flow.

Maybe it will return in the New Year, or perhaps it’s just that my creativity is channelled into photography rather than writing these days. Who knows?

However, one thing I can do at this time of year, as I have for the past 6 years here on this blog, is wish you all the very best for the Festive Season.

I searched through my photo folders looking for suitable seasonal images of snow, tinsel or holly, but in the end the best image I could find was one my daughter Meg made as a Christmas card for us.

If you would like a larger version of it to print off and pin to your mantelpiece, then click on this link and follow the instructions

Hope you have a good time whatever your social, religious or cultural beliefs.


angryparsnip said...

Lovely Christmas Card.
My favorite cards have always been from my children.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

cheers, parsnip

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Have a very merry Christmas and I hope Santa brings you the right mattress.

hope said...

Merry Christmas to you and your merry band...and best in the New Year!

mapstew said...

We all go through phases.

Happy Christmas to you, Maggie, Meg & Rogan, and to your extended family. :¬)

Titus said...

Merry Christmas Kim, to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

I think you wrote pretty well here about your writing not flowing well :D
I guess all we artists experience this occasionally. Cool card.

Pat said...

My two favourite cards are both hand made: one by Parsnip and this by Meg.
We mustn't get self conscious about our writing - that way madness lies.
It's you we want to hear from not Will the Shake.
So no absconding to F. b----y B.

Anonymous said...

Meg's Christmas Card is beautiful...perfect for your post!

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

savannah said...

gorgeous card, sugarplum! love and peace to you, maggie, rogan and meg from your pals across the pond, the MITM & me! xoxoxoxox

denise said...

I’ve started reading your blog a few weeks ago (because of my son - with a little extra, like your beautiful daughter). You know, grab a chair, make myself comfortable… and read..
I like the way you write and I also like your photographs. Either way I like your creativity! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Hope you guys had a very merry christmas! I know we sure did over here at Baby Noah's house! :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

It happens to everyone, Kim. Let them rest, they'll know when to come out again.

Best of everything to you and yours.

Kim Ayres said...

Parsnip - thank you - hope you and yours had a good one :)

Gillian - thank you - hope Christmas was good to you. I think the mattress might be ok after all :)

Hope - thank you, and the same to you and yours :)

Mapstew - thank you - hope Christmas was good for all in and around the Mapstew household :)

Titus - thank you, and to you and yours too :)

Allen - it's what I call a filler post - it shows I'm still here, but it's not really the quality of post I'd like to have on the site :)

Pat - it's all the distraction from a certain lady who keeps poking me on FB to take my move on Scrabble... ;)

Theanne & Baron - thank you - hope you had a great one too :)

Savannah - hope the festive season was good to you, the MITM and the family. Of course it's all just a precursor to the biggest event of the year - your birthday on Saturday, if I remember rightly :)

Denise - thank you, and welcome to my ramblings. I hope you and your family are having a good festive season :)

Noah's Dad - we did, thank you, and I'm pleased you did too :)

Guyana-Gyal - thank you - I hope all is well in the land where it never snows :)

Eryl said...

Maybe you've moved on and are just not that interested in writing about mattresses and the weather. You write brilliantly about your photography, your family, and other things that pique your interest.

Hope you had a great Christmas and are all set for a spanking 2012!

Kim Ayres said...

Eryl - we did have a great christmas, thanks - hope you did too :)

David Mark Williams - Poet said...

What a brilliant card by Meg.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Mark. Hope you got the one I dropped off round at your house and it didn't get lost under the welcome mat :)

Tru Dillon said...

Buying a new mattress is very hard and for me a great deal of stress was involved. We had to return the first one as it was as hard as a brick. We had to pay a restocking fee. The new is not much better but now we are stuck with it. Every night I dread the bed and pray it will somehow miraculously fix itself. In a year or two I can afford to buy a new one and will try to find a place that has a no restocking fee policy. all the best to you.

Kim Ayres said...

Tru - sorry to hear of your troubles

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