Scooby is in reality Flo’s little brother. So excited was he, yesterday evening, after three years, to once more be romping around the floor; mock fighting; and running excitedly, paws clicking on the laminate flooring, with his big sister that he appears to have had a new lease of life. To have regained his youth. Or, at least, his middle age.

Normally in the morning he dozes in his bed, making old man noises.


This morning, calmly nestled in Flo’s arms, he was wide awake as we opened our Christmas stockings.

This afternoon, on Now TV, we watched ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, another work of magical fiction from J.K.Rowling, starring Eddie Redmayne and whoever produced the special effects. This was very enjoyable.

Early this evening we opened our main presents. For some years now, Becky and Ian have given me a personalised diary. There is often some subtle reference to this blog. From England’s Midlands to somewhat further north ‘our evening meal’ may be referred to as ‘us tea’. For that reason, after we have eaten, I am known to announce that I am just going to “tell the world what we had for us tea”.

Here is a scan of the front cover of this year’s diary.

It was quite late by the time we all tucked into Jackie’s splendid roast turkey dinner with stuffing, roast potatoes and parsnips, red cabbage, chestnuts and bacon, pigs in blankets, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and tasty gravy. Red wine and various cordials were imbibed. I drank some of Jackie’s present of a superb Chateauneuf du Pape 2016. (Honestly, WordPress, I would have thought by now that when I write Pape in relation to wine you would know I do not mean Cape) We are threatened with Christmas pudding when we have room for it. That might be some time hence.


  1. In my childhood, English northerners moved in down the road and I befriended one of the boys. At teatime his brother could often been heard at the front door, asking my brother whether he’d seen ” our Norman “. Given he was the only Norman in the street, it always made me giggle.

  2. lloks like a good Christmas Dinner – we had ours, decided to leave the pudding for another day and are now, after a break, rounding off with a few cheeses and some spicy shallots.

  3. Merry Christmas! I was gifted the coffee table book of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the drawing and the stories are truly a work of art 🙂

  4. I hope it has been a splendid Christmas season and the vibrant moments continue into the new year and onward!
    I liked the diary cover and your expression of “us tea” for your evening meal, Derrick.
    My older boy grandies and I saw “The Fantastic Beasts” film and found it quite entertaining.
    We are a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch from when he was in the hospital WWII movie, “The Imitation Game” (the machine designed to “beat” the Enigma) and the existential Sherlock Holmes on PBS/BBC. He’s just perfect in each role he takes on.
    Jackie outdid herself, a perfect Christmas dinner! ?

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