>I’ve realised that Christmas will be upon us very soon. Never mind that we still have Halloween and Bonfire Night to go, the big one is just around the corner. The festive season has already been on supermarket shelves for several weeks and I’ve pencilled in a couple of things I want to go to this year.
I definitely want to visit the Barnsley Christkindlmarkt. It’s been 2 years since my last visit but they had a GuggenFestmas last year and I’m hoping they have another. (Links are for last year.) I also want to visit the Lincoln Christmas market. I actually have a budget this year for Christmas so, hopefully, both events will be so much more fun. And then there’s the Dearne Valley Ramblers Christmas Dinner on the same weekend I plan to head to Lincoln.
Before then I still want to find a bonfire party to go to, or a fireworks display (although I prefer bonfires), and before then I still want to visit the Matlock Illuminations. I publicised these on Facebook and already a few friends have taken their families. Some of my friends from Birmingham were hoping to meet me there, but I think childcare and cashflow are hindering plans so I may just head off there the weekend after this one anyway because I don’t want to miss them.
I still intend to visit the farmers’ market at Wentworth this weekend, and next Sunday is still a trip to Birmingham.
Last year I gatecrashed my sister on Christmas Day. I haven’t decided what I’m doing yet this year. I’d half promised my brother I’d try and get to Canada, but I don’t think I can realistically afford that yet. (See how well I’m managing my finances now? Two years ago I would have whacked it onto the plastic and gone anyway.)
The day job is quiet at the moment. I’m enjoying the lull before the next lot begins. I have to get my 4-week notice emails out this Friday for contributors to the winter magazine. That’s come around quickly. Deadline is Bonfire Night. I’m steadily plodding through my freelance stuff too before the NaNoWriMo madness begins in November.
Gosh, what a busy few months ahead. It’s a good job I have a diary.