Autumn has come and is now almost gone making me realise that today is the last day of November. This means we are now on the countdown to Christmas and I am wondering what happened to the year. Last Christmas seems like only yesterday. Time… ‘it’ always seems to run away from me, leaving me playing catch up.
When I look back it has been a good year for us in the UK. We had the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the spectacular Pageant of the flotilla of boats along the Thames. It was good to watch from the warmth of my living room on what was a cold and rainy day. I missed some of the other Jubilee celebrations due to flying to a rather warmer climate in France a couple of days after the celebrations commenced.
We also hosted the highly successful Olympic Games followed by the Paralympics. The Queen also took part in the opening ceremony too where she did a little skit with Daniel Craig as James Bond. She appeared to parachute from a helicopter and land in the Olympic stadium ready for the opening ceremony.
I hadn’t intended to watch the opening ceremony but I was visiting my Mum that evening and she had the telly on when I arrived. I am glad that she did because I thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle that gave a good representation of Britain’s heritage from the Industrial Revolution to the current day.
Another thing for us in the UK celebrate was the Englishman, Bradley Wiggins, becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France. In addition to Bradley’s win his English team mate Chris Frome came second overall.
On a personal level I enjoyed this year’s two visits to France (Carcassonne and Paris) and I am currently planning another visit next year. I don’t know how I will squeeze everything I want to do into the time I have available.
It is the first day of December tomorrow and in the run up to Christmas day I will try to avoid the Christmas crush and madness in the shops although I do have to confess to having enjoyed the display in the local garden centre a couple of weeks ago on my way to a late lunch in the cafe. I plan to visit Birmingham which always has a good feel to it in the run up to Christmas and at this time of year it also hosts a German market giving it a slightly continental feel.
Tomorrow I will be visiting a local Christmas Gift Fair in its inaugural year. I will be on the lookout for Christmas gifts and getting into the festive mood.
I hope you enjoy my advent calendar and I invite you to count down to Christmas with me…