Monthly Archives: December 2012

Note: Read this one out loud

I couldn’t believe my luck. The butcher was telling me why he no longer bothered with a stall at the weekend market. “Just couldn’t make both ends meet”.  He said it. He honestly said it. A real live butcher. I … Continue reading

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God Bless Us One and All

The Itchy Ankle  neighbors visited the Blarney abode last night, and of course rallied round for Christmas.  I have no stove at the moment, and so was channeling my inner Little Match Girl, contemplating a Christmas with only cold food. … Continue reading

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Peggotty’s found Jesus!

I ate my toast this morning from a hand-painted Blue Ridge poinsettia plate and was glad  for Christmas. My nails are painted a rather festive forest green but, on the warm-blooded, the polish turns turquoise blue indoors. Thank goodness I … Continue reading

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Better things are electric things

The decision to abandon electricity in favor of gas did not come easily. My father worked for more than thirty years for Northern Ireland’s one (then nationalized) electricity company and always took it as a personal affront when a customer … Continue reading

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The Most Wonderful Season Of All

Itchy Ankle is ready for Christmas. The Baptist church feels it wise to sound its customary note of caution as people prepare to receive their presents.   The local garden center has a full model of Bethlehem on display, complete … Continue reading

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Was Mrs Slocombe ever young?

Conversation at the office turned to the 1980s, a time few of the team can remember for most of them were born late in the decade. I wanted to impress my colleagues with what I like to think of as … Continue reading

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