That is exactly what I said, Columba, given that FC is often called 'Saint Nick' and 'Santa' means 'saint'. The poor lady got caught out, because she asked the children what they thought the spirit of Christmas to be and one little child answered 'Father Christmas'. She replied that Father Christmas was not real.
I was six when I was told. I had been puzzling how it was that Father Christmas seemed to be all-knowing and I asked my mother whether he was like God. I had a bit of a shock, and I remember it very clearly.
I am a 'lone wolf' too. Perhaps because I am surrounded by a large and ever present family ( for which I am very grateful) and appreciate the me-time. I am so looking forward to trotting out again soon, but I am being careful because the pain was sharp and intense. A flipping nuisance. And I am with you on those lovely evenings, Exhausted - my choice every time!
Hey - so sorry to hear so many of you are, or have been, unwell. It is rare indeed for any of you to be laid low, so it must be a particularly nasty virus. Get well soon. And WtnMel - naughty boy taking shelter in the East wing when poor Mrs WtnMel was in need of TLC! I hope you made her lots of nourishing drinks and snacks.
Well, the doctor says that I have had bursitis in my right hip. The x-ray shows borderline degeneration in both hips, but I think that is par for the course really and in keeping with all the other arthritic areas I have got!! The reason that I have taken a long time to recover, I think, is that I have been exercising Denzel so much over uneven fields, given that David is having trouble walking. So basically, I will be out running again after Christmas, and earning my place back in this forum.
The curate in our village has made national news by telling children in the carol service that Father Christmas isn't real! Oh dear. We were wondering how we were going to enlighten one of the children in our family who has had a total acceptance of it all without the usual questions that invite a truthful answer, but it seems the curate has done it for us! Parents are UP IN ARMS! Poor lady curate, she will probably be having nightmares about it all.
Many Happy Returns, HS. Enjoy your day and your party. Celebrate in style.
Not much to report here, other than amazing mornings times each morning to see the seals on the beach near us. There seem to be more pups every time we go and they are so pretty. Sad to think only 40% of them have a chance of survival. As a bonus a whole herd of deer passed close to us on the way home. We go early just as the sun is rising so we have the world mostly to ourselves and the wildlife. Magical.
I can't believe you were so speedy on the treadmill, JJ. At that speed I would have shot off the end. Or at least hanging on for dear life.
Well done everybody on all your achievements and training. I have had a report back from the doctor to say I have borderline degeneration in both hips and need to make an appointment ( I go on Wednesday) but suspect I might be sent for an MRI scan because I only have pain on my right. I don't know - I might just ignore it all and carry on trotting out regardless.
I have been in London running a Politics conference with David at Westminster Central Hall. Very enjoyable in a stressful sort of way.
I thought Red was running her marathon today......but was it yesterday?