Saturday, 1 December 2012
A Christmas Glow
THE air is crisp round Great Marton but sunshine spears the coast's chill. When well wrapped up - like a festive gift - there's a glow about folk's faces, their iced breath filling the air with greetings.
On our streets just inland from the wind-tossed Irish Sea, decorated stores jostle with activity and a smell of pine springs from stacked fir trees.
There's a festive air, too, at Edmonds Towers. Cards already abound about the fireplace - from the birthday of She Who Knows and our recent anniversary.
Up in bed, She Who nurses a steaming mug of tea while, downstairs in a fireside armchair, I compose my first thoughts on this month that I so much more enjoy in retirement.
It's good to remember and write a few messages and cards to old friends, near and far; to think of surprise gifts to loved ones, then plan outings to buy them, perhaps rounding off a busy afternoon by a pub's log fire.
How much heartier to be here in a bright British December than a steamy festive season overseas!
I shall soon be regaling you with a story from Hong Kong at Christmas - keep an eye on our Way Over Yonder page of humorous memoirs.
If you want books to buy for Christmas, look at some of the novels and others on our Books page. It couldn't be easier to order or sample them, but leave time for delivery.
If you just fancy a quiet read, perhaps with mince pie and coffee, visit our Excerpts page that will soon be featuring an equalling rich taste from latest publication At Heaven's Gate.
But this is not just a time to think of others - and occasionally ourselves - then to socialise and feast. There's another Christmas story that pervades and inspires these special days ahead.
May you enjoy the true festive spirit it tells of and rejoice.
Cheers to all!