Sunday, December 10, 2006

Taking a breather!

A family weekend.

It has been rather nice to relax at home away from the Corner Shop for a weekend of rest and quality time with the family, the last week was rather tough going with so many staff away on holiday or sent away to various training events, it does make it all the more difficult for those left behind dealing with the pre-Christmas rush.

So after a little Christmas shopping yesterday and taking in the Sunderland v Luton Town match I was able to play some games with Junior Curly and Missy Curly before settling down to watch the boxing on T.V. at the Snooker Club last night.

The plan today was to make an early start by turning out at Marsden Bay at dawn to catch the sunrise, I am need of a few new pictures for Curly's Photoshop, and it was a spectacular sunrise this morning! So glorious and warm in colour but it belied the freezing temperatures and howling winds that accompanied my umbrella over the side of the cliffs, I took almost a hundred shots and will probably reject no more than fifteen. I will start posting some of the pictures in the photoblog tomorrow.

Junior Curly was despatched with our friendly neighbour to visit Newcastle today (you must understand that I would need a VERY good reason to go there- such as Sunderland playing them at Sid James Park, otherwise I do my best not to step foot in the place) whilst Missy Curly was destined to help Mrs. Curly and I dress the Christmas tree. For a small family I often wonder why we need such a large (10 foot) tree, and why are 200 lights not sufficient? So, a necessary evil was a trip to the local B&Q for more lights, more extension leads, more blue tac, more tinsel, and more hooks! Eventually we succeeded in holding Missy up a ladder to place baubles where she felt right, later we rearranged them when she wasn't looking!

Junior returned after the work had been completed (5 hours in total) took one look, said "Wow" and started to pester me for more music to go on his MP3 player - an eclectic mix of Christmas tunes featuring the 'Crazy Frog' - how on earth have I managed to bring up a nine year old with such poor taste?

So the excitement has begun for the children, mother and father now feel exhausted after a 'wet and wild' bath time; quick feed, quick writing out of the cheques for next week's dinner money, pack them off to bed, and continue to stay away from the papers this weekend!

However, I do understand that Big Dave is promoting the family this weekend!

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