20 Dec 2009

Sunday morning preparations

Sunday mornings are usually spent in my kitchen cutting, chopping and prearing everything in advance for Sunday Lunch. These cooking apples are going to be made into a scrummy Apple Crumble for pudding and a few stewed down to make the apple sauce to accompany the pork and trimmings I am doing for the main meal.

Whilst doing these preparations I love to listen to Carl Chinn on BBC Radio WM 95.6.  He is on air from 10.00 - 1.00pm and is a font of history regarding Birmingham and the surrounding areas.  He always manages to take me back to my childhood and early years with his reminincences (sic) and features of people, places and times gone by.  Today he had a gentlemen on his show promoting a book - In and About Aston.  I was Aston born and bred and this book features photos of old Aston alongside new photos of the same places as they are today.  All the local book shops have sold out of their copies apparently and Ted  has offered to send out copies that he has at home in time for Christmas.  So I called the telephone number that he gave as a contact and  spoke to his lovely wife Maureen.  I asked for the book to be sent and enquired about payment, thinking that a card might be requested. NO!.  Ted is sending the book out WITHOUT prior payment, just an invoice for a cheque to be sent upon receipt.  Now I love this faith in human nature and really hope that nobody who receives a copy of the book from him let him down with their payment, but blimey, in this day and age, who would take that sort of chance?  Perhaps there is a little bit of naivety going on here but I hope the spirit of Christmas lives on.

(apologies for the lack of links I am running on a tight schedule today regarding time)

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