Tales From Fraggle Towers ~ December 2022

It’s that time of year, where some of us look back on the year that’s been, before jumping in to the year ahead. It seems to me this year in particular the World has become a more turbulent, more unkind and more expensive place to live, but here we must stay, and at least there is music, books, movies, art and some good people still left in it.

At Fraggle Towers we have had some ups and downs, some health issues both for Phil and I, and also for some of our younger family members, and they are still all ongoing, but we’re not dead yet so there’s that!

Work has been much the same, clearing the North East of earwax, and I’m an angel/darlin’/miracle worker or star, depending on the vocabulary of the client, and that’s a nice thing to be at work.

Arty Farty clinic windowsill shot.

The cats have continued to be their annoying selves. We have always had ‘easy’ cats in the past, and though Lord Vincent is quite sedate and cool, Winnie is a veritable monster at times. She’s mean to Vinnie whenever she comes across him and he doesn’t bat an eyelid. He’s had his quiet revenge though, Winnie used to sleep on our bed, and one day Vincent usurped her position and has kept it ever since.

Usurption Day!

Winnie then took to sleeping on the radiator downstairs, so I purchased a little bed for her, not really expecting her to be interested in it as she’s so ornery, but two minutes after I put it up…

Happy Cat

Christmas was quiet and lovely, just the two of us and we had a chilled out day. I cooked dinner which was yummy and we watched a daft Christmas movie. We did the present thing, a photography book, perfume, earings, a 12″ single and socks for me, books, whisky, a decanter and favourite chocolates for Phil. We’ve both been off work in the week between Chrismas and New Year which is cool. A mini staycation, reading, watching movies, cooking, playing records, nothing new, just lots more of it!

Red Vinyl

I’ve been thinking about next year, photographically of course. In the past few years, 2016, 2019 and 2021 were all years where I completed a 365, or one-picture-a-day project it’s also called. Well it’s going to be 2023 in 4 days time (as I write) or tomorrow (as you read) and I seem to be mentally gearing up to do another one. Not with the Fuji’s or the film cameras, but using just the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone. There’s some parameters to work out over the next couple of days, and the final decision on whether I do or don’t is yet to be made. If I do I’ll be posting them weekly here and if I don’t, well who knows?

My Contax will be employed for photographic outings with Sophie, and I have a stock of film now which I need to crack on with. The weather is pants, grey rainy cloudy windy and forecast more of the same all week, but I’ve been seeing the weather reports for the USA over the past few days and so my complaining is very quiet and small. I do keep thinking I should make a resolution to go out in the rain with my camera, but I’d break it straight away, I do not like being cold and wet, not even for photography. #wimp

And that’s a wrap for December and 2022, plus Γ§a change, plus c’est la mΓͺme chose and all that, but let’s hope 2023 isn’t as bad as we think it’s going to be! Pink thoughts people, pink thoughts! 🦩

Happy New Year to all, wherever and however you are 😘


30 thoughts on “Tales From Fraggle Towers ~ December 2022

  1. We’ve made the mistake over the last couple of years of saying that things can’t get any worse. Things can clearly get a lot worse in 2023. Here’s hoping they don’t. Happy New Year.

    P.S. I’m glad your clients appreciate you.

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  2. “we’re not dead yet”
    That’s the spirit!

    What are “pink thoughts”? I have no familiarity with the phrase. I can work out the context, but just wondering what it means and if you know how it came about.

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      1. Very good. Guess I’ll have to do some investigating then πŸ˜€

        Are you one of those people who try to stay up until midnight on new years? I never was while Mrs B used to be. Then her work hours changed and voila, 10pm rolls around and she’s out like a light, just like me πŸ˜€

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  3. Happy New Year! Or Hogmanay, as they apparently say somewhere north of you. I want to do one of those 365 photos a year thingies too but it’s not going to happen in 2023. They sound like fun, but after a while I bet they can be hard. Hope it goes well!

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  4. Looking forward to more of Life & Photos with Fraggle, a New Year, and just the pleasures of small things. Best to you and yours in 2023!


  5. I’ll be looking forward to whatever photography challenge you’re planning to take in 2023, Fraggle.

    Love the sleeping kitty shots, especially the one of Winnie. That’s pure bliss and contentment. Makes me think pink thoughts! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yes the Hipstamatic post will be on tomorrow, I put the wrong date in the scheduler πŸ™„ so it went up this morning and I took it back to tomorrow. Not sure if you can go back to tomorrow without a delorean 🀣

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