I know some of you have not had a good year, for a few it has been a terrible year, for a couple of you it's an anniversary you would rather forget. For most of us, we have been very lucky if we think about it. So here's wishing you all, a very happy Christmas... x
It's not very cold, certainly not cold enough to snow... but does it snow at the seaside anyway?
A couple of Christmases ago in the village in London I remember the man and son walking through a heavy snowstorm to the corner to buy a Christmas tree, there was something almost Dickensian about it, in fact there were a couple of fantastic white winters. mr dog loved walking through snow in the park
and the lake would freeze
the park lodges and seats looked so pretty
the chapel and it's gates
and great fun for my son arriving home from school
As this is one of the warmest Winters (so far) it doesn't look like a white Christmas this year but even if it does cool drastically, does it snow at the seaside where I live now? after all we use salt to melt the snow, and living so close to the sea with all the salt in the air, I can't imagine ever being snowed in here, lots of you live by the sea, so tell me...
too big to have candles on a cake unless you have the fire brigade standing by.
The last decades birthday was celebrated with a 70's theme fancy dress party
but this one... well it will just be a quiet one.
The people who care about me and who I care about know though that's it's a significant birthday and have sent cards emblazoned with the number, It's getting to be a bit of an exclusive club, after all, there are a lot of people who never had the privilege to reach this age.
I don't think I look mumble years old, certainly don't act that age and probably never will
but then I do have a rather old portrait of myself in the attic...
and those tartan / plaid pom pom things on my feet are slippers.
I've been wearing the same slippers since I was about eighteen
well not these actual slippers obviously!
I mean the same style of slippers
(except for a couple of years when I defected to some plain black Japanese looking ones)
When I was younger I liked being a bit kooky wearing what were basically 'old ladies' slippers
(that 's fashion students for you)
but they were / are also really comfortable
so much so that I often wore them driving to pick up my son after a late night out
(usually wearing pyjamas as well but we'll not go there)
In fact... I've been wearing these style of slippers indoors and outdoors for mumble mumble years
and have bought so many pairs I must have practically kept them in business
Obviously not! because they've stopped making the dam things!
What am I going to wear now?
these slippers are part of my life history I kid you not!
so much so, that when a couple of weeks ago we were watching films of my son's christening and birthdays which I'd recently had transferred onto dvds, the man and son were in fits of laughter, as all you ever saw of me were shots from the slippers to the waist, (usually in a dressing gown on Christmas morning) wandering into shot asking if anyone wanted a cup of tea. It was like watching one of those fantastic Tom and Jerry cartoons they showed at 6pm every evening before the news years ago, remember that?
and I had the part of 'Mammy Two Shoes' (no I didn't know that was her name either - thank you wikipedia) the maid who you only saw from her slippers to her large bosoms, bustling around the house shouting "Jaaaasper!"
The slippers are / were made by Pirelli and have gone through a few changes, this well loved pair found online from jowaterhouse.blogspot.co.uk is how they looked for years, with little eyelet fastenings.
Below are the incarnation I own at the moment, note the removal of the eyelets, what's that in aid of? trying to save costs, or perhaps the ridiculous 'health and safety' brigade we have in this country declared they were dangerous as we might swallow them? yes of course I often sit watching television with one foot in my mouth chewing my slippers!
After finding out Pirelli aren't making them any more I've tried desperately to find a new pair, a search online brought up these horrible copies and even those were marked 'sold out'
So here's the deal... FIND ME SOME OF MY SLIPPERS PLEASE (obviously these are only going to be found in the UK) There have to be a few old fashioned shoe shops left out there with a couple of dusty boxes of size 6 'old lady slippers'tucked away on a shelf somewhere
photo - http://www.shaggybevo.com/ If you know where there are some or find any can you please let me know? x