Today was mostly spent preparing for family Christmas arrivals. This involved last minute present wrapping, bed-making, general tidying; and in Jackie’s case early morning shopping and multiple food preparation.
I took a short break to continue my sweeping up of the remnants of my colour slide archives.
I never knew his name, but here is my French road-sweeper friend from my days in Notting Hill’s Sutherland Place, photographed in November 2008. We enjoyed many a bilingual conversation. I think this was the day we discussed mots croisés (crosswords). Behind him, in Artesian Road, stands the wheeled bin which he filled on his rounds. Note his extra large broom. The pillar box has been receiving letters since the early days of Queen Elizabeth II.
After this diversion I swept the stairs with a vacuum cleaner.
Becky, Ian and Scooby joined us this evening and the humans all dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare with which I drank more of the Nero d’Avola. I’m past caring what the others drank.