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I might not really like Christmas, or the snow, or doing my assignments, but that doesn’t mean I’ve tipped over into unremitting doom for the festive period…

When I was a kid we used to visit my Nan and Grandad in Camberley, Surrey. They lived on Everest Road, only notable for once having a real rabid dog down the road when my mother was young and now for being, coincidentally where my cousin and her family live, albeit just round the corner.
It’s all army accommodation and they had a 4/5 bedroom house with a Mayan terraced garden that backed onto a wood.

In this garden my Grandad grew fruit: gooseberries, raspberries, blackcurrants maybe. All soft, shiny baubles the birds loved to nick which meant that he, in turn, could curse the birds, but not really. He also grew a money tree and had a yoghurt well; I think that’s it (I may need a collective family memory on that one).

Anyway, the point being that at the house at Everest Road, in the bathroom, there was quite a wide expanse of dark grey to black lino that was flecked with a mess of fine white squiggles and splodges. I used to sit on the toilet and stare at the floor and see faces and shapes in the random patterns and on every visit I would try to re-find all the faces and shapes I’d remembered from before, plus perhaps some new ones. I can’t remember what they were now, but it is a habit I can’t seem to stop. Not that there’s any lino in a bathroom to stare at any more, but there’s still sea and clouds and sand and sky and, currently, an awful lot of frozen ice.

That’s why, in the absence of anything seasonal to say, and the complete failure to send any Christmas cards to anyone I care a figgy pudding for, I thought I would share a couple of hearts I have spotted this year whilst I’ve been out. They aren’t allowed to be manufactured ones, they just have to be shapes I find when I’m looking hard, and when I’m not.

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Posted on December 24, 2010, in Biophilia, Nostalgia, Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family. This is the first year I believe that Christmas exists even without an almighty fuss.


    • And to you and yours Tuula x

      There was a bit of an almighty fuss here yesterday, but now I am as calm as you like in my rocking chair and actually the shopping part was not bad at all.

      God bless the BP Garage


  2. I like the hearts.
    The woods and walks from the back of the house (Saddleback Hill etc) are finkywink heartland and where the word comes from. “Is this a finkywink?”

  3. I had forgotten that finkywink.

    “Don’t run down hills!”

    Grandad’s Golden Rule on Saddleback Hill.

  4. Beautiful photos.

    Army issue decor had some blessings then.

    And you haven’t forgotten your and Anna’s horses that Nan made, have you? They waited patiently in their stables between visits.

  5. I see an elephant. In the absence of thoroughbred racing I propose a Lurcher matchrace. We’ll get Matt Chapman to commentate.

  6. Squiggly lino on the toilet floor. Better than reading The Sun, I suppose.

    Merry Xmas, Diva. 😉


  7. Well even mini divas have to go sometimes…

    Don’t be too shocked 🙂

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