Category Archives: Christmas with the Crone

My Sister, the Saguaro and Customer Service

The barman had called last orders by the time we checked in but agreed to stay and serve us.  “Glass of wine? You’d better have two each since I’m closing” he said. Our kind of chap. Hearing that we planned … Continue reading

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Ideal Christmas Gifts for Itchy Ankle and Beyond.

I realize this list is a little late but the details are worth remembering for next year’s buying frenzy, or for people who have birthdays in January. Anything from Chocolopolis I invested some money via Kickstarter this year to help … 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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The Mystery of the Papal Package

You may have seen my recent letter to Doris Brazil, an elderly retailer in the South of England with whom I have a sort of 84 Charing Cross Road relationship. She sends me slow-moving items from her Ladies Wear store … Continue reading

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Jumping Joseph: A Christmas Miracle?

Driving Gretel to work this morning at 7:45 I noticed that all was not well with the Holy Family who have set up their stall outside the Baptist church. Joseph had keeled over as though intoxicated and Mary wore a … Continue reading

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Dark Intrigue Surrounds Doris Brazil

Dear Doris, Thanks for your thank-you note which arrived today. I am glad to see that the Appleton Marsh Post Office has finally got the hang of airmail. The note, and your recent blog post actually caused me some alarm … Continue reading

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The Lesson of the Leftovers: A Reading for Christmas Week

Leftovers are a Christmas blessing. This morning I had a generous schmeer of the goat’s cheese from yesterday’s cheese board with a slice or two of Irish fruit bread someone gave me as a gift. Everyone knows it is virtuous … Continue reading

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