The sun was shining yesterday and the village was galvanised into some sort of activity......today it is cold , damp and grey and the place is deserted and somewhat depressingly quiet.
Tom over at "Tom Stephenson recalls", has summed up this mid winter feeling so well, referring to it as the January Blues......for me, this time of year means just one thing----mud!; it means a constant battle with shitty paw prints on the kitchen floor and it means caked wellington boots and dirty, chillblained hands.
We all need a little hope in January don't we?
We need a glimpse of better things to come, some good news, some positive thinking.....
and at least here in our tiny corner of Wales, I think there are small islands of positivity to celebrate and to look forward to.
1. The Post Office makes a welcome return to the village in a month or two.
Ok it will be only be set up on a Friday afternoon over at the village hall, and of course we still won't have the accompanying shop and newsagent services we used to have when Jenny the flamed haired post mistress fought her way through the reams of paperwork at the old Central Stores but it is a wonderful baby step at keeping the village functioning.
I looking forward in manufacturing a sudden need for stamps and banking every Friday!
|Historically the Post Office has moved sites at least 4 times over the years|
2. A committee has just been formed up at the Crown Pub, to sort out some sort of Village Celebration to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee in June. I think this is a cracking idea, especially as I have decided not to hold my "Open Allotment Day" until next year and I have already said that I am more than happy to help out with anything the committee comes up with.
In this age where people only seem to make the effort to look after themselves, any altruistic enterprise, in my mind should be celebrated, supported and encouraged.....
Now....where's my bunting?
|Trelawnyd Coronation Carnival 1953|
3. With the pigs' imminent departure, I have decided that 2012 will be the year that the allotment will go from strength to strength. The Ukrainian village will be having a full face lift and I aim to have a couple of milking goats this year.......milk, cheese, self sufficiency in veg and who knows.... more piglets in July perhaps......
and of course more waifs and strays will be turning up with gay abandon over the next few months.....
And as the Two Ronnies used to say "and finally"
here is a blog header that will lift your spirits... it's a candid shot from http://lifeonthesmushieranch.blogspot.com/