Thursday, 31 December 2020

Hogmanay

Here we are having had the most horrendous year with Covid-19 and all that entailed. Hogmanay and the current lockdown means stay at home. Not that it makes much difference to what we do here in England these days. 

Gone are the crowd meetings as we used to have back in Dundee, many years ago, with the festivities lasting over a few days, booze flowing freely and houses visited were numerous. Will have a beer and a wee dram in the evening, and then off to bed, to be woken by the folks who take the opportunity to set of a few firworks, before nodding off to sleep.. Happy New Year 2021 and hope for a much better time to come.

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Christmas day.

A strange Christmas day this year with Covid restrictions in place. We stayed home and were visited by family members who were socially distanced and outside in the porch. They were there for a short time and was good to see them all. 

Then it was down to the two of us for Christmas dinne, this time eaten not at a family table, but in front of the TV, it was pointless setting the table just for two. Earlier in the morning we opened our presents and had a good time, just like when we were kids, excitement of taking the wrappings off to discover what was inside.

I had a Chicken Madras curry for my dinner, with a few prawns and duck spring rolls as extras, washed down with a nice Shiraz to complete the mini-feast. Of course it was not the same as having shared the day with family, but staying safe was paramount and there is always next year to catch up. Hope that 2021 brings a bit more normallity to life, but I think that facemasks and the likes will still be with us for quite some time yet.

One of my treasured Christmas gifts from my wife


Thursday, 24 December 2020

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

The French

Our so called friends, who we saved from German occupation during WW2 have exceeded their contempt for the UK by closing the borders between UK and themselves over a new virus strain of covid discovered in the UK. 

Hundreds of lorries stuck in the UK, waiting to get home for Christmas and their families are stuck here till Napoleon Macron decides to reverse his decision. So much for a country which still does not accept that the UK is to leave the UK in a few weeks.



Monday, 21 December 2020

NS&I

 


National Savings and Investments, one of the best investments I have ever made, Premium Bonds and also a Growth Bond as paert of my portfolio. Premium Bonds have more tham paid dividends with prizes most months from the draw.

The 3Year Growth Bond with Gross interest of 2.20% is more than most other safe investments. Well worth considering.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

All change

 Last week virus rules for the Christmas period were relaxed, allowing 3 families to get together for a five day period. Today the rules have changed yet again with the mutation of the virus causing many more infections, mainly in London and the south east. Only now allowed i family member and only for one day.

Lets just hope the vaccine being implementsed will be effective for this new virus strain

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Christmas 2020

This Xmas is going to be a lot different, no family mixing, so I was just asked what I wanted for Chrisrmas dinner, had no problem making a choice, a Madras curry was mine. A very good suggestion followed, why not get a few take aways from the Hel Al, brilliant idea, the others can then be freezed for New Years day. Not only saving on the washing up, but as I hate brussels, am happy with that idea.



New Kitchen

Sometime last October we decided that we needed a new kitchen. Following a recommendation we had a survey done, and later visited the showro...