Counting down and speeding up

It’s now only a week until we set off on the  big adventure for me and my beloved to retake our wedding vows.

Obviously, instead of  work gently winding down, it has been coming at us from every direction (that’s really a good thing) .

Various family  and friends have been needing support through assorted crises.

Even the estate agent has been on the phone for the first time in sodding months to tell us that a couple from Oxford want to come and view the house. Now we are running round like nutcases trying to get all the garden beautified and hiding all the clutter that somehow manages to accumulate without me noticing it until I look at my home through a stranger’s eyes.

It goes without saying that all of this ensures that  we will be kept busy right up to the minute we clamber aboard the love boat to paradise.

Oh well, such is life.

Do you know what I realised the other night as I was lying awake listening to Booful’s latest symphony for snorers?

I realised that by the time we get back from this trip there WILL be houses trimmed up for Christmas!!!!  Actually, now I come to think of it, there’ll probably be houses trimmed up for Christmas before we even go – they get down to it early around these parts. It generally starts around, well, now – and lasts until mid to late January. Halloween and bonfire night just serve to give another excuse to get some coloured lights and streamers up a bit earlier.

I saw  a house all trimmed for halloween a few days ago it had a huge great banner in the window saying ‘Happy Halloween’  It struck me as a bit of an oxymoron, and then it made me laugh.

The weather has been fabulous for the last few days, Mrs Woofy is now not in season so we managed to go for a luuuuverley, long brisk walk through the woods. The air was crisp and clean, the sky was blue and the ground was a veritable shag pile  of golden and orange tones that crackled in a very satisfying way as we walked over it.  All in all it was just about perfect.  I swear even the dog was smiling.  I’m hoping that the weather holds till we set off on our hols, that will set us up nicely.

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