Thursday, 20 December 2012

Let's hear those sleigh bells jingling . . .

By the time you read this I shall be . . .

That sounds like the start of a 'Dear John' letter.

What I meant to say was that this time tomorrow I shall be somewhere on the coast of France,

And on the following morning - early -  we shall be aboard the train and heading deep underground.  Under the sea in fact (!)  as we take the Chunnel train to Blighty.  Then we shall be up in the daylight and off, streaking across the countryside - heading for Wales.

For two weeks we will have no computer, no internet no . . 21st century communications.

What we will have is:
Feet for strolling around in (possibly clad in boots)
fabulous food
and the company of each other.

For one week we will be ensconced in the depths of the Welsh countryside.  Spending Christmas there before journeying to the site of a famous medieval battle on the English side of the border.  There to spend New Year.

And then all too soon we will be back here and the holiday over

But what a trove of memories we hope to have.

So it is that I bid you all a fond farewell for the moment.

Have a very Happy Christmas time and I wish for you the best of things for 2013.

I pray a blessing for each of you.

See you in two weeks!



  1. Wishing you a very merry Christmas! May 2013 bring you health and happiness!

    1. Thank you Merry Wife
      I wish the same for you too.

  2. Dear Kirk,

    Have a safe and easy trip to Wales, and enjoy a vacation that is filled with many good memories. Best wishes extend to you and AGA from far away in sunny Florida, wihes for a merry Christmas and all the best in 2013.


    1. Thank you Mark,
      I wish you a sunny Florida Christmas, similar to the one my mother and sisters will be experiencing in Melbourne (the one in Australia not the one in Florida!)

  3. Dear Kirk -
    I wish you and AGA a wonderful Christmas! And a bright and beautiful New Year! Can't wait to hear all about Wales.
    Cheers from DC~

    1. Thank you Loi,
      We hope that you and Tom will have a lovely Christmas too. And all the best for the new year too!

  4. Hello Kirk

    And may the angels go with you. I think you are headed or some great adventures. Happy Christmas

    Helen xx

    1. Thank you Helen for your lovely wishes.
      We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and every blessing for the new year.

  5. Hello Kirk, I wish you a wonderful vacation and a wonderful Holiday season.

  6. Wonderful trip and Happy Christmas Kirk - look forward to hearing about your adventures in Wales on your return.

  7. Merry Christmas! Wishing you both an amazingly relaxed festive season in Wales. Enjoy that beautiful Christmas cake won't you.
    Fond Regards,

  8. And by the time YOU read THIS... you will have returned from your brilliant travels and holiday.

  9. Dear Kirk,

    Christmas in Wales with books, loved ones and great food-- what could be better???!!! I send my best wishes to you and AGA for a beautiful Christmas and blessings for the new year.

    Warm regards from your friend in snowy Michigan,

  10. Dear Kirk,

    I wish you and your family a lovely Christmas! It sounds absolutely perfect with the books, the magazines, good company & food and perhaps some snow :-)!

    Madelief x

    * You have some interesting books in your cupboard!!

  11. A recording of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas, read by the author, was played on the radio the Sunday before Christmas. It was early in the day and I lingered in bed until the last word. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  12. Hello Kirk,
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Wishing you and AGA a Very Happy New Year!
    Best wishes Ivan

  13. Hi Kirk, wishing you and your partner a happy and healthy New Year 2013! Sounds like you went on a wonderful trip. It is interesting that nowadays it is worth mentioning when we go to a place where we don't have internet access. Not too long ago it was the other way around. For the better or worth I don't know, but I do know that I look forward to when you are continuing to write your blog ;-)!