I donâ€™t know whether you are ready.
I do know that this year, for me, the cumulative effects of coming back from sabbatical just recently and then succumbing to one of the nasty bugs that has been going around the city at the end of last week, has meant that my pre-Christmas rush this year seemed to be condensed not simply into a couple of days but a couple of hours.
Cesar Augustus may have decreed that everyone was to return to their own town to be counted for a census, but this year the Provost of St Maryâ€™s has decreed that henceforth, all Christmas Cards shall be known as Epiphany Cards and that everyone who receives them shall be grateful.
In short, my planning has gone a little awry.
Thus, I found myself at lunchtime today in one of the nearest shops to where I live. It is a greengrocer and I had to decide that most of my Christmas food shopping this year was going to be bought right then and right there or not be bought at all.
As I bundled veg into my basket, the proprietor looked at me and raised an eyebrow. [Read more...]