Christmas Day 2014


My Top Three Christmas Presents Tickets to the Santana Concert at the O2 in June Tickets to the Birmingham Ashes Test Match in July Invitation to Lunch at York Arms Christmas Breakfast Renu and Nick cooked the late morning breakfast at Wray Crescent.  We ate Nick’s home-baked granola with blue berries and yoghurt, smoked salmon…

Three Months In Sri Lanka – Week 3


Christmas I spent Christmas on the beach. Negambo used to be a sleepy fishing village. Now, Beach Side is studded with tourist hotels, some good and many seedy. It is also the stronghold of Sri Lankan Drug Barons. I drove to The Beach Christmas morning with Renu and Nick who fled the London cold and arrived…

Christmas Day


It started to rain in the night and the morning was cold and misty. Presents were unwrapped and scrambled eggs were eaten with smoked salmon for breakfast. It was not a morning for a brisk walk in the park. We messed around with the giant jigsaw, watched the Box and got ready for lunch. The…

The Day Before Christmas


It was a wet, gloomy day and we decided to go to the cinema. Eggs were poached and eaten with crispy bacon and hot buttered toast. We drank pots of black tea and called a cab. The excellent Cabbee App on the smart phone presents you with bids from taxi firms for your chosen journey…

Sunday Before Christmas


Mi to London was painfully slow. An accident closed lanes and emergency vehicles and an ambulance raced on the hard shoulder. Outside, the wind howled. I stopped to munch sandwiches and drink black coffee from a little flask. In mid-afternoon, London was quiet and the streets had only scanty decorations. In Renu’s flat, we sipped…