Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Greetings

Bootham Park Hospital york

I received a Christmas email today.
It's EXACTLY what I wanted to hear in a Christmas greeting.
It was from an old friend from my York days
She told me ,
That 30 years ago we shared a Christmas day
Which featured 2 bottles of wine, 1 bottle of cheap champagne, 1 large chicken, shop bought roast potatoes, a mentally unstable friend who showed up and flashed us both her rather untidy fanny after drinking most of a bottle of brandy and a Christmas pudding which was dropped onto the floor, scraped up and eaten with forks as we had run out of spoons!

I bought her a hardback version of To Kill A Mockingbird  and she bought me a leather bound diary and an ink pen to die for.......and last night after an email flurry, we have organised to meet up in Chester 26 years after we last met!
Happy Christmas .......that's what The Yuletide is all about..........touching base!

39 comments:

  1. Have a very wonderful Christmas.

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  2. Oh wow! It's wonderful that you will meet up again and I love the way you (or she) remembers all those details!
    Sounds like my style of Christmas

    xo

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  3. Wonderful to hear your 26 years ago story and that you will meet up again. My Christmas is a rough one as my darling husband died unexpectedly in November. I feel you are my friend so I am telling you. He was very creative: built us our house by himself, wrote a book about it "Will's Guide to Building the $9,000 House", we founded a small winery together, he wrote about adventure mountain biking for many mags. This is a tough Christmas here. Hug your loved ones.

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    1. Terra, I don't know you, but I'm sending you a hug. xoxox e

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    2. Oh Tara what a hard time to be grieving. Think about what Will would say and want for you now. Hugs!

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    3. Your Will sounds like he was a heckuva guy!

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  4. How lovely to catch up with an old friend after all those years. Let's hope that this year's Xmas meal wins several more stars.

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  5. If one is flashing one's fanny around, it really needs to be neat and tidy. It is a touching comment for Terra. I wish her well.

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  6. Terra
    You can email me anytime you feel like talking to someone who has sadly been through just what you are going through.
    Big hugs, Candice

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  7. How wonderful to hear from someone after 30 years, especially someone you liked! Have a wonderful time!

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  8. It sounds like your Christmas Day, all those years ago, was fantastic! Wonderful that you are able to meet up. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Email is a wonderful thing isn't it? So glad you have found an old friend again. and Terra...my sincere condolences on your loss....may you find peace in the New Year

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  10. Oh My Goodness what a fabulous happening !

    cheers, parsnip

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  11. Don't you just hate mentally unstable friends; so unpredictable!

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  12. That is my idea of a kick-ass PERFECT Christmas!!

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  13. LOL, sounds like the sort of Christmases I used to have too. :D

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  14. Hope your meet up is in a wonderfully similar vein...minus the flashing fanny of course (or maybe it made the day?!)xx

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  15. Happy Christmas John.

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  16. Merry Christmas, have fun!

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  17. Merry Christmas John, Prof, and all the animals xxx

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  18. Merry Christmas, John
    -- Kathy in Kansas, USA

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  19. This post made me laugh...was the fanny untidy because it was full bush? about right for 30yrs ago. I love that you call it a fanny too 'cos that's what I say and it makes me feel less ancient. Have a wonderful get together and a smashing Festive season with the prof and family? ps did you get your coaster?x

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  20. Nothing worse than an untidy fanny on Christmas Day.

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  21. Hope your holidays are magical for you and the Prof and all of your menagerie. The best of times.

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  22. 'a mentally unstable friend who showed up and flashed us both her rather untidy fanny'. Do tell us more!!! It is great to hear that you are meeting up with an old friend. I hope you tell us all about it here on the blog!

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  23. Fabulous! I hope you have a very happy Christmas John, thank you for many smiles through the year. It has been a rotten time here and some days I have been so glad for the smiles you have provided. I hope you have many smiles when you meet up with your friend and all through the next year too! Happy Christmas!

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  24. I don't comment often...not much of a talker - I chalk up only about 25mb on my iphone monthly and it' my primary phone but I love reading your blog daily so I'd like to wish you and the Prof a very festive Yuletide and a content, joyous and prosperous New Year. Love to the pets

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  25. Merry Christmas. Enjoy reading your many posts.

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  26. How wonderful to reconnect after all these years!

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  27. John, I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now, and I've never commented. It's about time I told you how much I enjoy reading Going Gently and said thank you for sharing your life, thoughts, village goings-on and tales of things good and bad. The happiest of Christmastime to you and The Prof and your animal companions. You have never met me, but you have a friend here in Shrewsbury.

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  28. Now everybody will be after a flashing fanny for their tree. They'll sell out in a flash.

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  29. Ditto what suetortoise said. My mornings all start out the same way, a cup of coffee brought upstairs to the computer where I sit and sip and wake up reading Going Gently.
    A perfect start to a good day.

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  30. Happy Christmas to you, your husband and fur babies!May all your wishes for 2017 come true!

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  31. A very merry Christmas to you and the whole kitten caboodle there at Trelawnyd! I am very glad that you did not have a cell phone 30 years ago. Otherwise you would probably show us the photo of the untidy fanny!!! Hehe

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  32. Merry Christmas, John, to you, Chris, Winnie et al, from a retired Aussie ICU nurse, her partner and her cats and the lorikeets and kookaburras we feed in our backyard.

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  33. Those are often the best Christmas memories. Merry Christmas to you and the Prof and all the furry and feathered family!

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  34. I have been missing in action and just catching up,
    so just popping in to wish you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year.
    Cheers Margo

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  35. Have a fantastic Christmas, John!

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