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Saturday, 27 December 2014
I was reflecting on my childhood Christmases, and the presents I would regularly receive each year.
Amongst other things, there was always a Rupert Bear annual, a licorice smokers set, and some writing paper.
For some bizarre reason I always loved my pristine new pad of Basildon Bond writing paper and its matching pack of envelopes. The paper was usually pale blue, with an almost invisible magical watermark. There was something so exciting about writing all those 'thank you' letters on brand new paper. I can remember the feeling as if it was yesterday.
I don't suppose many people, especially children, receive writing pads for Christmas any more, nor do they write many letters.
I can't see snail mail letter writing ever making a comeback; can you?
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!