Happy new year and all that malarkey Personally, I fear 2021 is not going to be much "use" to most of us until enough people are vaccinated against covid... with just yesterday Boris alluding to "stronger measures"... mark my words, there will be army on the street with guns - once they've all gotten into strategic locations around the country under the guise of "helping with mass testing in schools" - ... or have we abandoned that idea now... I forget... TOO many different messages, coming from too many sources.
I think this picture someone sent me via what's app, just about covers where things might end up before too long:
ANYWAY - back to NYE - AS predicted, I'd gone off to bed by around 10pm - having decided there was bugger all on "real" TV really worth watching, I plugged into Netflix for something or other - it's all a bit vague due to
the need to finish off all the booze on the boat how engrossed I was watching the fireworks through the porthole at the foot of the bed !
Talk about loud, I think a fare comparison may be Beirut... the amount of seemingly pointless "banging" ones never ending. OK ... I realize I'm turning (if not already turned) into a curmudgeonly old git but as I laid ( - or is that an egg?) there, I couldn't help but think HOW much money was being set on fire by families... perhaps parents under social pressure to keep up with the Jones's or compelled to ensure 'Fifi-Tricabelle or Tarquin- Bartholomew' had a 'normal' NYE. Either way, at the end of the day, I struggled to get away from the base line of them simply setting MONEY on fire which could have been put to better use ... for all of us . JUDGEMENTS a side, (and with earplugs in muffling out the worst of the noise) - I did perhaps enjoy the (free for me) show a tiny , tiny bit.
God I'm a contradictory so and so.
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I don't know why I compartmentalized this section from the once above as it does relate to New Years ??? (nor do I know the correct grammatical term for doing so)... OH WELL.
Like a big kid, when it snows, I love being out and about it in - (less so when driving obviously) ... actually I DO like driving in it but only if I'm the only person on the roads....
SO - I think it was NYE when we awoke to a lovely inch (yes ladies that is a TRUE inch) I got clobbered up and decided to go for a chug... OBVIOUSLY in search of a tap/services and STILL within the Tier in which I 'm stranded before anyone thinks about grassing me up. There was a thin layer of Ice on the canal but nowhere near as bad as it had been previously. On this occasion, rather than turning Left, I turned right and headed off towards Sale ....with HALF a mind to spend NYE in Lymm.... the biting cold (clearly I hadn't put on enough layers) had gotten to me within about an hour and half so I pulled over, had a warm (with lunch) and then turned at the earliest opportunity. To be honest, I wa already getting sick of tow-path walkers shouting "Happy New Year" every 20 foot or so (the curmudgeon already set in for the day) - no matter... I took a few nice snowy shots as we chugged along
As we'd been chugging along, the bosun had opened the last of our fizzy stuff and by the time we'd gotten back to the pontoon - expertly reversed I might add (ergo no wind OR audience) it was agreed we'd have a 'last supper' before the impending 2 months of misery.
It was then my "Xmas present" was discussed - we'd been avoiding it for a while. I didn't get any presents again this year from anyone other than our Christmas guest (she gave me a comedy gift - overnight oat recipe book ... mainly cause I 've moaned about not liking them so many times when she's been onboard and THEN done a U turn and decided they were the future). SO - Santa's "joint gift" was this years (last years now I suppose) "famed diet plan" - ergo, a 2 weeks meal replacement plan for us both to kick-start our slimming with a ketogenic regime. What that means is eating 'slop' that is supposedly nutritionally balanced but which allows the body to use fat stores rather than glycols as an energy source. THAT is the claim. HOWEVER, having done 'hard core' Atkins many years ago, I suspect this isn't actually the case as far as our plan is concerned - the amount of 'carbs' in each 'meal' being too high... I Think it's actually just a very calorie restrictive regime for people who can't be bothered/struggle to calorie count.
Alas, during the fitting procedure, I DID rather clumsily break my long serving Bosch glue gun - the nib had been bent a long while but it ended up "benter" ... however, on trying to straighten it, it snapped off and that was that. A quick wander to poundland and it was replaced with a 2 quid one that may be crappy quality but it DID let me finish the job.