I am getting tired of these long Winter nights living on my Irish smallholding. For one thing we have no 'street' lights (can't you tell I was born in northern England?) for at least 4 miles. So it's 'pitch us blackish' from 4 in the afternoon until eight O'clock next morning. So it's usually, see to animals, eat tea and watch telly or surf the old computer and sup a few pints of ale or so. That's usually my every night schedule in Winter? Well, most of the year, these days. I have attempted reading but I once commented to 'wifey' that reading is ignorant. Now every time I pick up a book or my android (more about that in a blog or two) one of 'Northsider Towers' residents pipes up:
"Reading is ignorant."
You just can't win can you?
Two of my regular readers (Pat Papertown 2 and Cumbrian), inform me that they don't watch television. I think I would go mad if it wasn't for my computer, android (did I tell you I have got one of those androids?) and my life time subscription to Sky Sports complete with Manchester United supporters armchair? I exaggerate. What about you folks? Can you manage life without your John Logie Baird machine?
Years ago. You would wait for everybody to finish eating the rice pudding and your dad would use the bowl to make the'crystal set'. You could listen to great radio (the theatre of the mind) programmes like: 'Band Wagon' (anybody remember Arthur Askey?) and listen to adverts about 'Ovaltine.'
Here's another of my favourite Christmas tracks for you enjoyment. The great Greg Lake himself. I once saw him and Emerson Lake and Palmer play at Manchester Apollo. I think they are probably most talented band ever to come from Britain. My favourite track of theirs is 'Jerusalem'. I think it should be the national anthem. William Blake was a genius. Any ELP fans? What do you think about television? Can you live without it?
Still can't get to work on the old veg plot. The ground is saturated - for a change. Perhaps it's a time to read and write blogs and books and even watch some telly? Why don't we have a 'Smallholding and Allotment 'channel?
See you soon. Thanks for reading!!