I must say, I am very proud of my four year old, who got soaked, but still didn't complain and said Merry Christmas very nicely to everyone he met in the Co-op afterwards. I put his lunch down in front of him and said he was to eat his cheese scones and apple first and he did! Without moaning! First time! Amazing. He is trying to convince me that it is in fact Christmas today, but I'm sure it's not yet. I hope not anyway. I haven't finished wrapping things. We have the basic elements of a Christmas dinner though. I even have some tiny, organically-grown sprouts growing in the garden and might harvest a few. I have never grown my own before and it's very exciting, particularly as the garden turned into a butterfly farm over the summer when I was ill and there were hardly any leaves left as I couldn't face killing the caterpillars. I like butterflies better than sprouts, but I'm glad the plants survived. I don't know how they photosynthesised enough energy to grow, as the leaves all but disappeared and there is no sun on our back garden from mid October through to March, but they have. Apologies in advance if your gardens on Oakdale are full of Small White and Large White butterflies next summer. It's probably my fault.
The latest news (from the Citizen) is that Kier are going to begin work on the bus link/ street lights on 6th January and are due to finish at the end of February. All very well and I'm glad they have at last made a statement, but shouldn't it all have been in place long ago? Two years ago, when the first people moved in? I've said that we would like temporary lighting while the new lighting goes in and more patrols from Community Support Officers in that area. If you want to (but please keep it suitable for younger people), you can add comments to this blog in support
Still two sleeps to go. Three, if I have the chance this afternoon. Oakdale is a bit high maintenance, but definitely worth it.