Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Approaching Winter and an Auspicious Day.

We’ve had a few sub-zero nights recently, so today I decided that a shift to winter rig was in order. Flannel sheets replaced the summer cotton ones on the bed, the chimney was swept, and the first coal fire lit in the living room. Now I have to decide when and whether to resume the night walks and regale the blog with tales of stars, subtle senses, and strange sounds beyond the hedgerow.

(I wonder whether Mill Lane is still there; I’ve heard some very strange sounds in Mill Lane. I expect it is; I doubt anybody will have dug it up or anything. As long as Madeline hasn’t been here without me knowing, of course. She likes digging things up.)

The thing is, you see, you get the best view of the stars from Mill Lane, and the creepy copse is all the creepier for being up on the rise and in skeletal aspect. And then there are the little people. I swear the Mill Lane crowd are most appreciative of my singing, and they haven’t heard Raglan Road for… ooh… seven months?

S’ppose I’d better, then.

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And I gather it’s Thanksgiving in the American Colonies on Thursday. Better give thanks for me in that case, because it’s my birthday that day.

When I was a kid, your birthday was the one day in the year when your parents weren’t allowed to scold you. You could do whatever you wanted and get away with it. I tried it one year. It didn’t work.

5 comments:

Anthropomorphica said...

Yes, regale us with winter skies twinkling away, eerie tales of strange creatures and demon dogs. I promise I'll visit more! Tell us about the crackling fire too, I miss my open hearth and the hiss of a radiator isn't quite the same...

JJ Beazley said...

I'll need to wait for the weather to turn a bit colder. It enriches the experience of coming back to a coal fire and a mug of hot chocolate. Besides, demon dogs look all the more demonic when their breath is steaming.

Anthropomorphica said...

Agreed! Shouldn't be long now...

JJ Beazley said...

I just noticed that your second visit this evening was timed at two seconds short of an hour after the first. Did you set the alarm clock?

Anthropomorphica said...

Really? Aah, I'm obviously a punctual creature.