Reasons To Be Cheerful - Chagford's Dartmoor Diary

Reasons To Be Cheerful - Chagford's Dartmoor Diary

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Jim, the Artist, has undoubtedly, had an enormously successful year. His drawings creating a set of tarot cards, have been HUGE in every way. He has almost had to hide on his trips to the Courtyard Cafe. He plans to spend 2017 fishing from a boat on a lake.

The Daughter ended the year with a new permanent job, which she adores. This had been a real slog to find, so it means a lot to the family that her two degrees, so hard earned, are at last being used.

Many older members of the community survive and remain incredibly fit, indeed some of them ended up looking after their own children, who being exhausted by the outer universe and all its strange demands, have ended up, once more, being looked after by their elderly parents for few days, or a week, while they regained their sanity in the fresh air on the Moor. 

If you do come to visit, and forget your walking boots, even deliberately, remember that Bowdens will fix you up. This is not a good move. The number of men and, indeed women, seen returning to inner cities fixed up with hunting or shooting gear, never to be used again, are innumerable. The boundless energy of the staff at Bowdens will so enthuse you, that you will not be able to resist. It’s far better, to just remember your boots. You must also eat whatever you are given, however hideous, the old person will have spent many hours wandering about the little town, even tasting this very special whatever it is, half demented with thinking about what you eat in town. Be kind and eat it, whatever it is, even if it is something indeterminate to do with

As usual, the staff at the little town’s surgery, have kept many a pensioner going with special clinics and ideas. They now have appointments for patients, who are otherwise healthy, but would like to have their toe nails cut. The Assistant has only recently managed to turn down a trip to Oakhampton Hospital for some Physio. Not likely! It’s strange how her leg has begun to improve!

Lastly, there is a very special word for Maureen, who is the wife of the Photographers cousin. For years we have written to one another at Christmas, and now, she too has an iPad. She sends us the most wonderful sun fueled family photos. There are loads of family, out there in Australia, beaming and bonny. Why didn’t we get that brave and just risk the adventure like them? Who knows, but we love them all. The Assistant, though, has just heard from her own great aunt, who lives in the States, (remember Trump?) The Assistant isn’t in the least bit worried about him. Her aunt informs her that having emigrated with 4 children in 1956, she is now matriarch of 22 members of that branch of the family. Amazing! We’ll see what Mr. Trump has in store for them. Some of them have kept their British passports. We are clearing the spare room right now. After all, from the day he takes charge, they will be immigrants or from a migrant family. Watch this space.

To all our readers HAVE A GRAND NEW YEAR and keep your tin hat on as my granddad would have said.

Footnote: If you have soft fruit like apples left from storing, please remember to spread it on your lawn for the birds and animals. It is so very cold at the moment.

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