365/365 Talented Boy by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA We are finishing off 2017 by visiting some good friends near Banbury. They have four amazing children – from 2 to 16 years old – and are some of the warming, most loving folks you could meet. Their second child
364/365 Yorkshireman by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA My Secret Santa gift from band. It will, indeed, be reet.
363/365 Just Dance by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA One of Ruby’s little Christmas Eve presents was this second-hand Wii game – Just Dance. She’s very much into dancing around like a loon to music, so she absolutely loves it. It’s an old game so her favourite songs are
362/365 Shopping by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA This cannot be escaped post-Christmas – sales shopping. I’m not a fan of shops, or other areas where large quantities of people congregate generally, but you’d be daft not to actually look at buying stuff you were going to get anyway
361/365 Knackered by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA We are not used to all this excitement. We have all had an amazing time visiting family. We’ve had more food than is generally sensible, had a quiz, enjoyed many beers (or whatever beverage was preferred) and stayed up late. Then,
360/365 LUFC Tree by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA We are visiting many relatives today, as is traditional in our family. We have been to see my Dad and Step-mum, and am now at my Auntie’s house for the feed of my life. My Uncle and his children are
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
358/365 West Park by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA We have a bit of free time on this Christmas Eve, so what do we do? The weather isn’t exactly filling us with confidence – it is cold and a bit damp – but it’s at least not currently raining.
357/365 Top 100 by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA My favourite music magazine, Metal Hammer, have been doing a ‘Top 100 Albums of the Year’ thing for a while now. These things are always contentious as they’re drawn from the mixed preferences of the mag’s writers, but there’s always
356/365 Sunset by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA The sun is being blinding at either end of the day again. It does seem stronger at sunrise and sunset during Winter Solstice. There’s probably a scientific explanation for that. There’s a lovely view down the canal from this bridge –
355/365 Grumpy Elf by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA I took a similar photo last year. I always pretend to be a miserable shit at this time of year, and I particularly enjoy gurning into mirrors while wearing stupid jumpers. Hence this photo. Merry Christmas?
354/365 Ingenuity Centre by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA I went to my very first conference today. I’m nearly fifty years old and have never made it to one before. This is mostly due to tight-arsed employers (everyone I’ve ever worked for has failed to pay when I’ve requested