359/365 Science! by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA It is Christmas Day. Our presents are open and the turkey is currently turning the requisite shade of brown in the oven. What to do? Obviously, the answer is to have a go at some sciencing! Ruby received some thoughtful gifts from friends and family, and [...]
339/365 Baubles by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA I am a reluctant participant in Christmas. I'm not religious - so there's always way too much little baby Jesus for me - but I'm also resistant to all the gaudy nonsense that happens at this time of year. I like the tradition of it of [...]
335/365 Three Kings Swing by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA It’s that time of year again; our first Christmas concert of the 2017 festive season. We’ve been rehearsing various Yuletide ditties since late October, so we are well prepared for the oncoming barrage of Santa-related tuneage. One piece we play is the one visible [...]
327/365 Still too soon by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA We are not even at the end of November and I'm already three weeks into Christmas music rehearsals. I do like to get into the Christmas spirit - despite my repeated irritation at some of the over-commercial nonsense and forced jolity that goes on [...]
324/365 Still November by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA It's too early for this FFS
Christmas always starts early for me. I don't want it to, but I play in a brass band, and so I'm required to practice Yuletide tunes as early as late October some years. I am usually utterly fed up of Christmas three weeks before it actually arrives. This year has been a bit better on [...]
Oh Christmas Tree, originally uploaded by rutty. Ruby enjoyed "helping" Mummy and Daddy with the tree decorations this year! Here's wishing everyone a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.
It's Christmas, apparently, originally uploaded by rutty. For me, Christmas starts in November. Our band, like many brass bands, has a busy Christmas period - and that means rehearsing Christmas music. In November. We've had few concerts this year but quite a bit of carolling. My favourite job is one we did for some [...]
This is very unlike me at this time of year, but I'm feeling a little bit Christmassy!