Continued Preparation

A fortnight ago, noticing that our fuel oil was rather low, I ordered a refill and was promised one before today. Overnight the tank was emptied and we had no heating this morning.

Opening with a plea of age and infirmity I rang the supplier early this morning. I then slipped into my trademark firm, quietly seething, tones which I am told can be quite scary. Further promises were made. I said I didn’t want promises. I wanted our fuel oil. Today.

It may, of course, be pure coincidence, but two hours later a tanker drew up outside and unloaded our oil. In fairness, I must acknowledge that all our previous service from WP Group has been exemplary. The next problem was resetting the boiler which had naturally stopped firing. With much trepidation The Maintenance Department set about this task. Soon she was able to cry: “I done it”.

Jackie continued decorating the house while I printed two more cropped copies of

her recent photograph of Nugget which we made into a couple of cards that didn’t need posting.

One was for Mum which we took to her today with a present. She had just been prescribed further antibiotics for a persistent chest infection.

It was past twilight when we left to visit Elizabeth to alert her to Mum’s condition. She was not at home so we took a diversion to Portmore to see if the residents had decorated the tree on the village green. They had, but as no electricity had been employed

we will need to return in daylight.

A murder of crows occupied high branches of other trees, but by the time I was poised with camera all but one straggler had flown off.

Later I phoned Elizabeth who was aware of Mum’s condition.

Back at home Jackie made her own photographs of her decorations.

This evening we dined on cream fish pie, green Brussels sprouts, orange carrots, and white cauliflower with which I finished the red Fleurie and Jacki drank more of the golden Sauvignon Blanc.


  1. It is indeed looking beautifully festive – and those little glimpses of the new flooring look good too. The tree is wonderful! Love the photo of Nugget – he will make a lovely card! So glad the heating got sorted out – I know who to call now when I need someone capable of getting things done with ‘a slightly scary, firm, quietly seething voice’ πŸ™‚ Good job!!

    PS The Official Photographer thanks you for the Birthday greetings <3

  2. I am happy you received your fuel in time! The decorations for Christmas are in full swing, as evident by those photographs. Here is wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

  3. I am glad to see your oil was delivered and the furnace problems fixed!

    Jackie, that is a very beautiful photo of Nugget! The house looks beautiful too, with all the decorations and new floor.

    Wishing your mother a speedy recovery. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. I do hope your mother’s in the process of recovery. You and Jackie certainly have a lovely, festive home — and warm, too, which is all to the good. I’ll send my own warm wishes for a joyous Christmas: to you, and to all who round your table go!

  5. Very festive.. and the Christmas tree looks great on your new floor. I, too, ran low on gas today and the gas truck never did come. I’m in the red zone so hope it lasts until the ham and green bean casserole are cooked. The potatoes and gravy can be heated up in the microwave. Merry Christmas Eve.

  6. Prayers for your Mom! I hope she is well soon! Gentle (((HUGS))) for her, too.

    YAY for fuel! Just in time for Yule!

    I love Jackie’s beautiful, warm, shiny decorations!
    Her beauty, love, creativity, etc., is reflected in them! πŸ™‚

    SweetTweets to Nugget! πŸ™‚
    <3 and Christmas-HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  7. I’m glad that Jackie’s achievement was not the same one when your childhood self proclaimed “I done it!”. Your picture of cold-weather Christmas bliss makes me nostalgic for a northern festive season, although I would not have been happy without indoor heating.

  8. Jackie did an outstanding job on the decorations!!
    Here’s wishing a speedy recovery for your Mum. May this be a great one for her and your entire family!!

  9. I’m happy your Christmas will not be cold (inside)–as I’m sure you are. I hope your mother is feeling better soon. Your house looks festively lovely, and I love the photo of Nugget. Happy Christmas Eve to you and Jackie!

  10. Sometimes a man has to put his foot down! – well planted! πŸ˜€ … hope your mum’s feeling better soon … and our Nugget is as dashing as always. πŸ™‚

  11. β€œI then slipped into my trademark firm, quietly seething, tones which I am told can be quite scary.”

    I shivered and blushed when I read that about you! ☺️

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