Now the dust has settled on the festive season, I spent some time going over my pile of ‘bounty’, the gifts I received this year. Having made the decision not to just get more ‘stuff’ that we don’t need, it was nice to open my pile of presents and discover that everything I had was something I wanted and could use.
So without boasting, or rubbing it in for anyone who didn’t get anything, this is a list of what I found under the tree on the 25th.
The Phantom Atlas.
This is a sumptuous hardback book featuring detailed reproductions of antique maps.
Most of them are wildly inaccurate, or deliberately misleading, and that makes the book all the more enjoyable.
A new keyboard for my PC.
I have the desired replacement for the one I am using now that is almost worn out.
It is a Geemarc brand, ‘big key’ keyboard, with black letters on a yellow background.
Perfect for not straining my eyesight after long hours at the computer.
Two long nightshirts.
Looking like very long T-shirts, I like to wear these under a dressing gown when I am mooching around the house.
It has to be extra cold for me to wear them in bed.
Four bottles of red wine.
This included one ‘special reserve’ in a fancy box.
I have only drunk one of them so far.
A tin of Scottish Butter Shortbread.
The best biscuits (cookies) you can get, in my opinion.
First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke.
A German film a about a police emergency operator.
Chocolate-covered Brazil Nuts. (Two bags)
I don’t eat much chocolate, but these are in dark chocolate, which I prefer.
A selection of Baklava.
Those Greek/Turkish pastries full of chopped nut and honey syrup are a big favourite of mine.
Chocolate-covered fruits and nuts.
This mixed box included Pecans and cranberries. All delicious.
One was a Sharpei calendar, with a different dog for each month.
The other a Dogs Trust charity calendar.
Joint presents for Juie and I from two of her children.
One is for a meal for two in an Italian restaurant, Prezzo.
The other for a special afternoon high tea, in a well-know Norwich restaurant, Bourgee.
I think you will agree that this was a very good selection of gifts. They came from Julie, her children, my cousin, and some of our neighbours in Beetley.
More importantly, they will all be used, read, watched, worn, or eaten.
I hope all of you had an enjoyable time.