Staying up until after midnight last night rendered today soporific and inducing extreme somnolence.
I dozed over ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.
After I resurfaced Jackie and I enjoyed reminiscing with Becky, which always offers similar stories from our different perspectives, and revelations from our daughter’s childhood.
Later, I scanned three more of Charles Keeping’s telling illustrations.
‘Mr Lorry and Miss Press almost looked like accomplices in a horrible crime’
‘In the ocean of faces…..’
‘The château was left to itself to flame and burn’
This evening we dined on Red Chilli’s excellent takeaway fare. My main course was Tiger Prawn Dhansak; Jackie’s, Sag Chicken; Ian’s Chicken Tikka Masala, and Becky’s Chicken Curry. We shared poppadoms, onion bhajis; paneer tikka, pilau and special fried rices, and garlic naan. I drank Cobra; Jackie drank Hoegaarden; Ian, San Miguel; and Becky, Zesty followed by a complimentary, which is what we call Baileys – often given as a complimentary drink in an Indian restaurant.
Your home looks very cozy, Derrick, no surprise that you dozed off. Happy New Year! ☺️??
Thanks a lot, John
I agree with John.
Thanks very much, Bridget
That second illustration is quite horrific.
It certainly is, Liz. Thanks very much
You’re welcome, Derrick.
You do look amazingly peaceful and sleepy. Guess you finally ate all of Jackie’s leftovers. Have a good night’s sleep.
Thanks a lot, Pat
Is this room what you call a snug? I’d love a room like that. It looks sooo cozy. Fire places would be welcomed to but only for the look. 🙂 It’s to warm here for a fire anytime of the year.
Thanks very much, Chrissy. This is our main sitting room.
Haha … I know that sleepy feeling Derrick .. I’m still in bed and in and out of dozing away
Thanks a lot, Ivor
Today is a slow day here, too, even though we did not stay up as late. 🙂 Sometimes a good nap, even over a book, is in order.
It is a mostly sunny day here, though cold.
Thank you very much, Lavinia
Love that soporific somnolence. I was in bed early, but wakened to fireworks at midnight — and then had 3 back-to-back zoom meetings beginning at 6 am! I’m ready for a nap! Happy New Year!
You, too, Janet. Thanks very much
What a perfect day. I bet the spicy Indian food put a zip in your step. Sounds delicious.
Thanks a lot, Cindy
What a perfect day – start the year as you mean to go on, I guess!
I do love your description of sharing “similar stories from our different perspectives” – so true, and comfortingly familiar to many of us, I’m sure!
Happy New Year 🙂
And to you and yours, Emma. Thanks very much
I can doze off so easily. I’ve even done it in front of the computer.
Me, too. In fact I did it yesterday. Thanks a lot, Sue 🙂
I was struck by the contrast between your home and the illustration of the château. There’s no question where I’d prefer to spend some hours!
Thank you very much, Linda. You would be welcome 🙂
We too had a rather dozy day after staying up late last night. Happy new year.
You too Tootlepedal. And to you both
What lovely portraits of a dozing Derrick! Priceless holiday images. In the dictionary definition of “comfortable” I think you will find a copy of these images.
Thank you very much, Maj
I would be dozing too if I were sitting in that cozy chair by the fire. Those are great photos of you, Derrick! Happy New Year to you and Jackie.
P.S. Love your socks!
Thanks very much, Jill. And to you and Derek
It’s nice to see you comfortably dozing with one of the books you share with us. Nice socks! 🙂
Thanks a lot, JoAnna
That looks like such a comfy, relaxing room
Thanks a lot, Gary
Happy new year, Derrick. The illustration with the faces is quite chilling.
And to you, Robbie. Thanks very much. It is
You model sheer bliss. I keep meaning to comment on the teeth portrayed in these drawings. Dentistry such as we take for granted wasn’t available during those times, yet Keeping does not shy away from presenting horrific views of the teeth of his characters 🙂
Yes. The teeth say it all, Anne. Thank you very much
You have been captured well in your slumberous drift, quite like a Keeping illustration. Keeping, meanwhile has been assiduously keeping his date with the storyline of the famous classic.
Thank you very much, Uma
Reading, relaxing, -n- reposing required! (Especially, on Jan 1st, right?!?! 😉 😀 )
Especially 🙂 Thanks very much, Carolyn X
That’s a cracking drawing of the heads!!
Thanks a lot, John
I love that header photo of you. It’s such a cozy, Christmas scene. My husband agrees. ? We also had a soporific day. The second illustration is nightmarish.
We’ve had similar conversations with our children, and sometimes now, leading us, the parents, to find out things we didn’t know our children had done.?
“A complimentary” is funny. We’ve never been offered a complimentary drink at an Indian restaurant.
Thanks very much, Merril. How revealing those conversations can be. I agree about the nightmare. In fact I wished I had more pleasant pics to balance that one.
You’re welcome, and I’m sure you will. ?
Happy and blessed New Year Derrick and Jackie???
You too, Arlene, from us both
New socks for Christmas Derrick?
Yes – a while ago, Andrew. Thanks a lot.
A cozy place to doze – perfect!
Thanks very much, Eugi
A great shot of you Derrick!
Thanks very much, Dwight
A beautiful relaxing day ?
I hope you had a good festive season and will have lots of enjoyable trips out this year.
We did. Thanks very much, Helen
Very nice and peaceful picture Derrick, lovely area for a read and a rest.
Thank you very much, Agnes
Sometimes a nap is required.
More so after lunch as I get older – yet I am often, as now, up at 5 a.m. 🙂 Thanks very much, Mrs W
With no routine to our schedule I some times need one so I can stay up with Wrangler.
Yes – your life makes it difficult to have regular sleep.
Yes it does you never know what time bedtime will be. Most of the time later than I want it to be.
“The ocean of faces” is exceptional in its variety and expressiveness.
Thank you very much, Dolly
You are very welcome, Derrick.