RDP Saturday: Celebration

This was a celebration never to be forgotten. It took place before Christmas in 1956. I am sitting in the front row, third from left with a strange hat on my head. My dad worked for the Ford motor works and he would pay for my participation in the children’s Christmas party during the year. Of course I did not know that at the time, and was sure that Fords were doing it all to keep us kids happy. We children met at the company and were taken by a coach to an event. This year I remember it was a visit to one of the large London circus events in the Royal Albert Hall with clowns, elefants and all the trimmings. Afterwards we were transported back to the company and had a Christmas tea. We children were all called together and were given our Christmas gift and they were really good gifts – something for the boys and something for the girls and all organised according to your age.

We kids did not know each other, but that soon changed and on the way to the event we got to know each other and when we returned we were already in our own little groups. They were parties never to be forgot. My dad worked for the company, in the wheel department, until he retired. Of course Ford cars still exist, but the company is no longer the same place in Dagenham in London. Things change over the years and I think that we children must now all be golden oldies in our seventies, like myself. The Christmas parties no longer exist of course.

RDP Saturday: Celebration

Good Morning

Another glorious sunrise on a cold Autumn morning. I even had photos from my grandchildren that arrived on my mobile phone so that really completed the morning for me. They seems to be growing every time I see them. Mr. Swiss thought it was Sunday when he appeared this morning the first time, but I also have the same problem. I suppose because I have housewife chores in my thoughts to keep me on track, With a shock I realised I had no jam in the fridge so Mr. Swiss volunteered to fetch me a new glass from our store in the cellar. I have to plan the meals and the organisation of the food deliveries so I am more in line with the food. I even do my online ordering sometimes in the early morning hours when I am hugging the bed on my iPad. It helps me to sleep afterwards.

I find that Winter has more choice for vegetables than Summer. Summer is mainly salad, tomatoes and cucumber with mediterranean vegetables such as courgette. In Winter the larger potatoes arrive and we have brussel sprouts, chicory and of course the Autumn pumpkin sorts. I have ordered a butternut squash which I can cook in my air fryer. They are big enough to serve for twice and also stay fresh- This reminds me I should remove my pork chops from the freezer for today’s lunch.

I saw that the moon was hovering above this morning. It is naturally always somewhere, but the sun had enhanced its reflection. Did I see the outline of a child playing with something? Now the moon has long gone from the sky for me and the sun has arrived so it looks like another good day here. Again I will be at home as I do not need to go anywhere.

The neighbour’s cat paid a few visits yesterday. When he realised that his daily ration of feline goodies were finished, he settled in my garden and observed nature from afar, hoping that a few birds might arrive, although I think his hunting days are now over. Why bother when we humans do all the hunting for him.

I am now off to deal with a few chores and I also have my orchids to give their weekly water ration, all seven pots plus two new pots where my new orchid shoots are slowly rooting. I am still working out how to transfer them to the sink in the kitchen for their water as I would need three hands. Must wait for Mr. Swiss to arise from his bed to help – the second time.

Have a good start to the week-end and no stress or rush. I leave you with the Autumn condition of my sedum in the garden. their colour has now intensified to a nice rich red.