I can’t go into a store lately without buying something, and by something I mean items of clothing. Blame it on the fact that I feel the cold now and my normal winter woollies irritate the skin something awful. Because of this I am looking round for tops that won’t cause great uncontrollable itches. I’m now into long sleeved SILK vests which are not only warm but comfortable too. I’m wondering why I didn’t think of them before.
Our tiny mall looks very festive. There is music in most of the stores but outside musicians play for money. Years ago they played for a penny-in-the-hat but we have to remember inflation! Today there was a young man playing an accordion, Christmassy stuff that had some passers-by dancing. Not me, these days I don’t dance in streets (or anywhere else, for that matter) but I did do a sort of on-the-spot jig as I approached him. He grinned when I dropped some coins in the hat and upped the tempo so that a few younger folk joined in. It was nice to think I’d started something. They all yelled Merry Christmas as I walked away, including the accordionist.
|The grotto was less 'babyish' this year. Not sure I liked it!|
Would you believe the only pictures I got were of the children’s grotto. Well, can you blame me when I was loaded up with parcels? But I did get two new tops which is what I went shopping for.
To make up for the lack of personally taken pictures, I’ve included a selection taken by news reporters when the area had a ‘switching on’ ceremony.
|Why walk through the mall when you can grab a train ride?|