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Looking Back At Christmas [Dec. 27th, 2017|10:53 am]
Tony Grist
My daughter lives in Leicester, my eldest son in Romford and my youngest son in a village near Preston, Ailz and I are in Kent and the children's mother in Highgate. Highgate is the closest this scattering has to a centre so that's where we congregate on feast days. Also my ex-wife's partner is a wonderful cook.

We've been up to Highgate twice over this Christmas season. Once because a daughter-in-law and grandchild were staying over and once because my daughter and her family were. The last time absolutely everybody got together was the summer of 16- or was it the summer of 15? Anyway it's a rare occurrence.

Christmas Day itself we spent here- with my sister and brother-in-law. Ailz cooked dinner. Dr Who was fun. We will spend much of next year wondering where Jodie Whittaker's free-falling Doctor is going to land.

It's been a wonderful Christmas. Emotional. It makes all the difference to have children in the family who are old enough to know what's going on.

And now it's snowing. It won't settle; the ground's too wet. It rained through the night and the front path is under water. There's a high wind blowing- moaning and soughing and doing railway-train impressions....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-12-27 12:04 pm (UTC)

Children do make all the difference...their joy and wonder are so heart-warming. I'm glad you had a lovely holiday!
I'm just glad we're not flying out today since Stansted was closed or a while and some chaos is ensured for today. It's snowing up here in Norfolk a bit but nothing is sticking.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-12-27 12:20 pm (UTC)
My daughter was planning to drive from London to Leicester today. Leicester has real snow.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-12-27 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure Doctor Who was fun, although it was a very satisfying finale. I spent the last five minutes sobbing in solitude (Roy begged to be excused before I even started). Tonight I see it on the big screen and will sob again, but silently this time I hope.

I really bonded with the twelfth Doctor.

It's lovely that you got to see so much of your family. We saw some of our, as well. Most of them can be measured in hundreds-of-miles away, thousands in one case, so the reunions are sparse.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-12-27 07:15 pm (UTC)
I thought Capaldi was fine as the Doctor but I never really bonded with him. But then I've been watching the show since the 60s and I've seen Doctors come and go. There's always another along shortly.

We're hoping we'll see more of the family more often when we move to the coast and can offer seaside holidays.

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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-12-28 12:05 am (UTC)
I did like the telth Doctor but i preferred Matt S,ith anyway. I am looking forward to see what Jodie does with the role.
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