Monday, 28 December 2015

The days after Christmas

Christmas day was mainly wet so  on  Boxing day, which was bright we took the opportunity to pop down to Aldeburgh for a quick burst of sea air. The wind was very strong and the waves were crashing on the beach and rolling along the coast,





a new bank of shingle had appeared and the sea had gouged out  shingle several metres further inland than normal  in one area. We didn't walk far but then went back to the car through the town which was heaving with people as all the posh chain shops - Crew, Joules and Fatface were open with sales happening. Of course we joined in the madness, dashing from shop to shop and coming out with carrier bags full of clothes.................................. No we didn't. We just came home.

I decided  to watch the series Dickensian, despite Col saying that the trailer  looked like a Victorian episode of Eastenders. The first two half-hour parts were on Boxing day and I enjoyed watching, though I could do with a Dickens Who's Who to tell me which characters were from which books as I only knew the people from Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist.
A new series of Still Open All Hours started, still as gently funny as the old series with Ronnie Barker.

It was back to wet,wet, wet on Sunday - grey and drizzley all day but extremely mild. I stripped the chicken bits off the carcass, made stock,cooked some veg and made a couple of chicken pies and popped them in the freezer. We ate more of the ham and Christmas cake and with Col still having no energy we had another lazy day. Back to back war films and then in the evening it was the next two episodes of Dickensian.

Thanks for all the comments yesterday.
 I haven't got much to post about at the moment so I'll be back in a few days.
Sue

30 comments:

  1. We walked as well on Boxing day, the waves hitting our shingle beach.

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    1. Surprisingly windy down on the beach and not very warm either

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  2. I remember going to Aldborough for the day with my parents
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  3. Lovely that you got a breath of sea air, Martin and Sol did yesterday and came back with another bucket of cockles :-)

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    1. The only thing to find on Aldeburgh beach is shingle! There's not even any flotsom or jetsom

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  4. The beach is rather grey and dizzled! I suppose your Dikensian series boosted your meed on the Boxing day)

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    1. I haven't clicked on your web site to see who you are but your spelling is atrocious, and I haven't a clue what you are saying!

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  5. I haven't managed a walk yet, awful weather here, but its now only 3 days till I will be walking on a beach, whatever the weather! and I haven't been to the sales either cant think of anything worse.

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  6. Do hope Col soon gets his energy back - wish him all the best from us both.
    Envy you the walk at Aldeburgh. Incidentally the Dickens things gets 5 stars in the crit in the Times today.

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    1. I liked Dickensian prob. because I like crime fiction. Col said it had too many characters

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  7. For a moment I thought you were going for a Boxing Day dip in the sea...look after that fella...feet up and relax in the warm. X

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    1. They did have one there in the morning but not something I would ever fancy doing

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  8. Oh, lovely to see views of the beach at Aldeburgh! Love that town! But Fat Face hardly a posh shop, Sue! I went in a local branch and didn't like their stuff at all, all rather skimpy. Joules just a little better, Crew better still but expensive and my Crew quilted jacket not up to snuff - the lining feather have poked through the outer layer, and the sleeves of the women's shirts are all rather too long. Or maybe younger women, for whom they are designed these days, have more gorilla-like arms than I have?
    Margaret P

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    1. To me any shop is posh because my normal shops are charity shops!

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    2. Yes, I take your point. You'd love the posh charity shop we have, then, in a posh area of Torquay! It looks like a boutique and in the last year had a total refurb and looks so smart. The problem is, ladies of a certain age (of whom I'm one, I confess) tend to take in their unwanted cruise and special occasion wear garments, for which I have no need whatsoever! But I picked up a lovely Jaeger silk scarf and a super handbag. But they also have things which, even in a charity shop, would be beyond my budget!
      Margaret P

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  9. PS I meant to add, Sue, that we didn't care for the Dickensian thing, a bit of a mish-mash that didn't quite work. But, unexpectedly, we ery much enjoyed the drama on ITV with Rafe Spall - Harry Price: Ghost Hunter. Hope this 'pilot' leads to a series.
    I don't care for war films (apart from The Longest Day which we saw when it was first made in, I think, 1962!) and apart from plenty of those, plus films for children, there weren't any films that were 'my kind of film' on over the holiday, sadly. But this is par for the course. I know it's sexist to say it, but we women miss out on decent drama in films at a holiday period - they seem to put films on to 'amuse' both men and children but I think they must think that we women don't count! I do not wish to see Mary Poppins or Frozen or Toy Story 134 or Cockleshell Heroes. So, yesterday I put on a DVD of Once More with Morgan Freeman, and it was just heavenly to have something really nice and uplifting to see that didn't have a car chase, bombings, or animation.
    Margaret P

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  10. Glad to hear that you didn't go on a mad clothes spree, I would have worried about you! A walk on the beach sounds like bliss though, I am hoping to go for a walk later today, I need to get outside!!! xx

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  11. Today I've planted 100 narcissus bulbs - a bit late I know - but they were £1 reduced from £6 when we bought our Christmas tree. It's so mild up here in the Midlands - gardening in a t shirt and still got a sweat on! Ventured into town yesterday for some Night Nurse for daughter but far too busy with people buying....well I don't know what but they were certainly buying something! Couldn't get back quick enough.

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    1. I have no idea what people find to buy in sales as on the odd occasion I've been I've never seen useful or cheap, just leftover stuff that nobody wanted to buy earlier!

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  12. It's nice to get out and about isn't it .... and I agree anywhere BUT to the sales. We took the dogs for a lovely long walk along the prom in Llandudno yesterday, mild air, sunshine and sail boats to watch out on the sea it was just what we needed.

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  13. Still working our way through the ham. Tonight we are having it with chips and pickles.
    Been out today to pick up a couple of things I needed but I was glad to get home especially having seen two car drivers arguing at a roundabout. It was mad.

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  14. Gorgeous bracing photos. I watched the first Dickens things and have the rest on the planner. My head cannot get round the characters not being who they are in the story!

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    1. In that case it's probably a good thing that I don't know who they were in the books!

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  15. We had a really lovely post-Christmas walk yesterday (see blog), and just as well we did as Storm Frank is here with a vengeance this morning, having wailed about the house all night. My shopping in the Sales was one bra (much needed - the larger ladies sizes in foundation wear are SO expensive when full price) with 40% off and a full price but inexpensive long sleeved cotton top. Total spending: £25.

    I have recorded the Dickensian series so will try and watch that this week.

    How is the book pile doing? I read a couple of chapters of my new Robert McFarlane book (The Wild Places) yesterday whilst Tam was in the dentists'. Heartily recommended, as are all his books.

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  16. PS I would like to add I don't 'do' Sales, esp. not for clothes. I am very careful about what I spend on clothes, preferring to have a list of things I actually need, not just want, and adding to it when I see appropriate things but they must be at the right price! And a Sale item is only a bargain if you actually need it and it goes with other items in your wardrobe (or if not clothes, then your home.)
    Margaret P

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  17. I love Aldeburgh (and Dunwich) in the colder months, more so than summer. Beautiful.

    I love Dickens, am a huge fan, but I was so confused/bored/irritated by that show that I didn't watch much and didn't bother with the other episodes. Just couldn't be doing with it.

    I also can't be bothered with Sales. If I happen upon a bargain and find something I want/like at a reduced price then Hurrah, but I don't go hunting them down. I get so annoyed with Next and their early hours for sales. Poor staff who have to get up and serve the people barging around grabbing at stuff. Not my idea of fun.
    That said we are off into town tomorrow afternoon. More about Violet and I getting out, as I don't think we've left the house at all since Christmas Eve. It's been great! Just lazing around in jim jams, chocolate for breakfast, watching rubbish on telly. So we need to get out and see a bit of life. Even if it is people going loopy in the sales!
    :O) x

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  18. I thought I was reading the wrong blog for a minute when I read about the sales shopping! Wish you and Col a good 2016. Sarah x

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  19. That looked quite bracing!
    No sales shopping here, can't think of anything I'd want to do less at this time of year.
    Lisa x

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