Saturday, December 22, 2007

[winter solstice] 'tis the season of goodwill

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In an earlier post, your humble correspondent

My whole current mentality is a siege mentality - to prevent being dragged into things.

Interesting then that this morning I was dragged into an issue that I have neither the time nor the inclination for at this exhausted time of year. It was done very cleverly, in such a way that I had no choice but to respond swiftly. Trouble is that no one else is remotely interested either.

It's a great pity that that had to happen because apart from that blot on the landscape, today has been fabulous. The panorama out there has to be seen to be believed and it's a further pity that I don't currently possess a camera to bring you shots of it.

The temperature is mild and the snow is lightly falling in big, soft flakes - but constantly. Roads are lined with mounds of vivid, glitening snow and the overall effect is of a hard-packed piste sculpted in a sort of tableau vivante, [if one can sculpt one of those].

Even further - I managed to pick up 12 James Bond DVDs dirt cheap and these include the first three Brosnan pieces I've been dying to see but could never find - until now.

Further even than that - today was "ladies day" and "Min Day" combined. Much cognac was imbibed and goodwill abounded. The last lady has just departed now. The hush outside and inside here in this warm room is so restful that I'd best et this posted and the quiz before Higham drops off into an inelegant snooze.

As Sean, of Omnium might say: "The Peace of the Night".


Sean Jeating said...

He does, James, he does; the corners of his mouth at the same time being on an expedition to his ear-lobes. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You don't need a camera, James, because your descriptions make us "see" it. Stay mellow, sweetie, and try not to let the other issue bother you so much - at least until New Year. Pace.

jmb said...

Been shopping James? I watched an early Sean Connery-James Bond movie the other night. Can't even remember the name. It was so bad I turned it off after a half hour. Sean Connery looked so young but was such a cardboard figure. Ugh!


Great post.Loved the picture too. You describe things so well, James- I got frost bite AND not a little tipsy.
Merry Christmas!

Gracchi said...

Seconding Welshcakes's post- have a glass of something from me at some point old fellow! Your description is perfect though- and I hope you have a great Christmas- with plenty of interesting presents.