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New month, three weeks to Christmas, cold, dry and sunny. Finally, the wet miserable weather of October and November has blown out. At least for now. Dark at 4 p.m., not daylight again until 8 a.m. That is really the only thing I dislike about Winter. I like light and sun, as much of it as I can get!

I’m days late getting my Christmas cards done so this year I”m sending to my children and grandkids only.  Got the tree up and decorated last weekend and I’m pleased with how good the new set of lights look.

We took the hound out to Cannock Chase last Sunday, early in the morning before it started raining again. The fields and woods near us are saturated from the last eight weeks of rain so we thought it would be less messy to go on the trails around the Chase. It still looks like Autumn there and the temp was perfect.

I love how quiet it is there. England is badly overcrowded with far too many vehicles, so its a real treat to be able to walk somewhere quiet and enjoy nature.

I’ve no plans for the holidays other than closing the office for ten days for some badly overdue time off. Whatever your plans are for Christmas, I hope you have a happy and blessed one!


So the Halloween decorations have been packed up for another year. October, my favourite month in my favourite time of year, has come and gone so quickly. I had four trick or treaters on Thursday night, same number I had in the last house. Not bad for a largely non-Halloween celebrating country. 
The avalanche of noise that is the retail build up to Christmas hasn’t quite started. I like to wait until the last week of November before the list making and decorating gets serious. 
The weather continues wet and windy with a day or so break in between what is this year, a mostly damp squib of a Fall. Thank goodness the OH bought a lot of waterproof gear in September. He intended it for camping, this was before Honey, our Lab cross arrived. He’s not done any camping yet, but the jackets and footwear have come in handy. At this rate we will need hip waders next to get through the sodden fields while doggo walking. Flooding is becoming a real problem and as usual, the authorities aren’t much use in a crisis. 
Brexit came and went on October 31st and the country didn’t implode and apparently, there is going to be a General Election in December of all months. I think they are taking crazy pills in London. Who in their right mind calls an election two weeks before Christmas? The whole leave/don’t leave the EU issue has dragged on for three and a half years and I’d say the average person could care less now. I don’t expect turn out at the polls in December will be high either and I wonder if the idiots, I mean the politicians, are counting on that. 
Regardless, they can get on with it. We are working to get home. Home being the Maritimes. I retire in three or four years and I don’t want to spend the last decade of my life on this side of the Atlantic. Thats my plan for the approaching new year.