Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020.

I hope everyone has had an amazing Christmas and have a happy new year! Personally I enjoyed Christmas this year with my extended family and so we travelled down to the Jurassic Coast.

Halfway through our journey on the way I realis ed we had forgotten the strawberries needed for the Boxing day trifle and so we ended up in a Waitrose service station buying strawberries and a few other snacks to keep us going on our journey. It is also worth mentioning that we took our cats down with us so my cat Hallie kept yowing for attention.

Once we arrived, and the cats had settled, we headed to my Grandma’s for Christmas lunch. I helped with the washing up and then headed out to the beach to take a mini Christmas walk. On the beach there was lots of driftwood from the recent storms which they have had. I then saw my cousin and a different auntie before we headed back to where we were staying. In the evening, we watched Call the midwife (a yearly tradition) before I headed to bed.

Boxing Day lunch

Boxing day, is my favourite day of the year. I woke up and was asked whether I wanted to go to the pub (with some of my family) where our discussion included: ‘did the moon landing really happen’, ‘aritificial intelligence’, ‘aliens’ etc. After this we went for my Nans infamous Boxing day lunch. There was: turkey, beef, ham, jacket potatoes, chips, sausages, crisps, fruit and vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, sausage rolls,cheese and onion rolls and more. And then for dessert there was freshly made trifle and crumble.

Afterwards, some of my cousins and I slowly stole the Lindt chocolates from their knitted cases and replaced the chocolates with grapes, a tomato and baubles. (UPDATE: Classified)

In the afternoon, we played a game of charades as a family and then in the evening we watched Paddington 2.

The next day we explored the Jurrasic Coast and headed first to Swanage to go to Wimpy’s for lunch. In Swanage we bought rock as well as walked along the beach and went into the arcade to play on the 2p falls. We then drove past Corfe Castle on the way to a lost village.

The village was Tyneham and had been evacuated during the Second World War to help with military practices. As we entered there were loads of warning signs as the area was now a MOD range. After this visit, we headed towards Durdle Door however, we went to the beach before this and ended up in Lulworth Cove.

We then returned home the next day, after I had the opportunity to stand on the roof due to a suspected leak. It was nice talking our cats with us and they thoroughly enjoyed exploring a new house.

BLOGMAS (day 23)

So tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I don’t quite know how to say it but I’m not feeling very festive. However, this morning, Sis84 and Mum84 joined me and we went out for a cooked breakfast. At breakfast, we overheard someone discussing how there husband had counted out 900 sprouts and exclaimed how that seemed like quite a lot before she replied saying grams, 900 grams of sprouts. This was quite funny to say the least.

I also don’t feel Christmasy even though on Friday, I broke up for Christmas at school and there was the yearly houses got talent, staff and sixth form entertainment as well as the Christmas assembly. I also sang the Boars head in front of the whole school which was very scary.

Finally, over the weekend I have been out bag packing in Waitrose, wearing my Christmas necker as a Bandana.

So Santa please tell me, how has Christmas crept up again?

Q and A with Blue (The mascot of Unit 82, Double Blue)

Wishing all my readers an exciting 2019. I still can’t believe in just over 24 hours time I can start saying ” I’m off to the Jamboree this year.” (I wonder how long it will take my family to get fed up with me saying it!)

To round up 2018 here is an interview Blue and I made while he was staying with me.

Happy New Year,

84


Hi Blue,

An easy one to start, what is your favourite food?
Mmm what a way to start the interview talking about food… Is human an acceptable answer!!
Only joking I can’t bear (do you get it!) marmalade or honey, what is with some bears they have no taste. I’m actually a bear of impeccable taste, my favourite food is Nutella on toast.

So Blue, what are you looking forward to doing most at WSJ2019?
Well that’s an easy one, I’m looking forward to meeting my cousins, I hear that I have a few who live in West Virginia.

Moving swiftly on, what 2 things would you take to a desert island?
Umm can I take 3 things?
No just 2.
Oh it’ll have to be matches and Bear Grylls.
That’s a pretty sneaky answer and I’m sure that Bear Grylls can light a fire without the aid of matches.

In human years how old are you?
Gosh you should never ask a bear his age.

Apart from Bear Grylls who is your favourite bear?
Well you’ve already heard that I’m not a particular fan of Paddington or Winnie so I’d have to say it’s definitely Yogi. If HoHo allows I’d love a trip to Yellowstone National Park.

What is your favourite campfire song?
What a toughie, I think Baby Shark is quite catchy and has potential, but I am quite a traditional bear so it really has to be Kumbaya.

Is there anything that you are afraid of?
Heights, I can’t stand climbing trees I get very dizzy.

If you could have a super power what would you choose?
That’s easy invisibility then I can sneak up on my food.

Since you mentioned food again, do you prefer Double Gloucester or Shropshire Blue?
I’m not sure it would be fair to choose between them. Can I go for a nice Camembert instead?

I’m thinking that it’s time to wrap up this interview, thank you Blue for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet me.