Monday, 24 December 2007

The Good News ...

The last few days have been chaotic which has meant no time to catch up on anyone’s blogs, let alone my own, but full of friends which has been lovely. Or rather, friends and shopping if I’m truthful.

The good news is that James is going to his daughter for Christmas – we took him out yesterday morning and he devoured his usual coffee and shortbread and tried to tell us about a dream he had last night. Something about losing his watch under the bed, but we couldn’t work out the rest of it. So we went to Tesco where he bought two packets of lurid looking sweets and a huge box of Ferrero Rocher. For him. So at least he’ll be happy over Christmas.

The bad news is that Travelscope has gone bust. This is the travel company I worked for as a cruise ship rep. Mind you, our shifts were cut so much this year that it won’t make much of a difference to my income but a) it was an interesting job and got me away from the computer, and b) I feel very sorry for not only the thousands of people who won’t now have holidays, but the staff who are faced with a pretty gloomy Christmas with large mortgages and no wages to look forward to.

However, I’ve just realised that I still have my Travelscope coat. This is pretty hideous but is waterproof and warm which is a great bonus when dog walking. Then I realised that I also have my Travelscope scarf and blouse. Things are looking up.

So the plan is to wait a few months and put my Travelscope clothing on ebay. Sell it for a fortune, of course. Sort out our financial problems.

Dream on Flowerpot. Go and have a glass of wine.

At this time of year I always remember talking to another writer friend of mine and asked how her festive occasion had gone.

She looked at me, took a large gulp of wine and said, ‘We had a very Polite Christmas.’

Here’s hoping yours is anything but.

18 comments:

Akelamalu said...

I'm so happy to hear that James will be with his daughter for Christmas.

I just popped over to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Flowerpot, may they be everything you are hoping for.

Much love and Reiki Blessings to you.
Akelamalu
xx

Ellee Seymour said...

I bet you were a great travel rep. That is certainly good news about James.

Have a wonderful Christmas Flowerpot.

Smalltown RN said...

WEll I am sorry to hear the company is going bust...but I am glad to hear you are findng the silver lining.....Merry Christmas to you and yours...

debio said...

Merry Christmas!

laurie said...

a Polite Christmas sounds deadly. christmas needs to be chaotic and bubbly! with lots of food!

glad to hear about james and his daughter. i thought from your last post that she would come through, that he was just a bit confused.

merry christmas!!!

Rebecca Taunton said...

That is rather good news about James FP.

I'm sorry to hear about the company going bust. When I saw the news about Travelscope the name seemed so familiar but I couldn't work out why. Now I realise it's because of your coat! Here's hoping your ebay plan works!

Here's wishing you a happy Christmas,

RT x

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Merry Christmas FP, hope you have a good one despite the job news.

Sweet Irene said...

Merry Christmas to you, Flowerpot and to your beloved.

Miss Understood said...

Oh well. You won't need any extra income when you hit the best sellers list, will you?

Have a wonderful Christmas. x

Flowerpot said...

Ak - thank you so much and hope you have a wonderful crimble and new year yourself Ak.

Ellee - Ihope you have a great Christmas and that your poor tooth gets better soon.

smalltown - glad to meet you and please call this way again soon. Have a wonderful christmas yourself!

Flowerpot said...

debio - and a very happy day to you - strange to think of you sunning yourselves!

laurie - I quite agree. Ours is quiet but fun and there's lots of alcohol on its way.....! have a great day!

RT - I hope you are having a wodnerful time and that Redruth wasn't too bad yesterday for ET!

Flowerpot said...

AOJ - thanks for that and I hope you are enjoying your day today with your new foster child!

sweet irene - and the same to you and hope 2008 is a great one for you.

MissU - well that's what thought. And now will you join me in a large glass of wine?!

Mopsa said...

All best wishes for 2008.

Flowerpot said...

thanks mopsa - and the same to you!

The Rotten Correspondent said...

A polite Christmas? Ugh.

Such a combination of the good and the not so good news. So happy about James, but am sorry about your job. I like the eBay idea though. Hey, if it works with cornets...

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Oh! And Merry Christmas to you, Flowerpot.

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

I like the idea of a 'polite Christmas'!

I hope you've had a wonderful time....

Flowerpot said...

rc - hope you had a good crimble and are back refreshed! And happy christmas to you too.

graham - yes lots of long walks over here so Mollie's happy too!