All The Family Huddled Around A Glowing Laptop

The times when the kids were growing up it was a tradition to have the laptop on and the Northern Hemisphere family watch as the presents are open. A lot has changed since this photo in 2017, the kids are young adults, my Dad is in a home, the Swedish side aren't allowed to travel to Wales due to COVID, and I won't be around the kids this Christmas Day. It's not so much the change, the kids were always gonna move on and with the divorce new rituals have been created. It's more that it's happened in 3 years, 2017 seems both a long long way away (as does January, remember then?), and yet close enough to touch. Whatever your routines are be prepared to change them, but keep the rituals . 

Thomas is a little blue engine ...

We spent last Sunday afternoon (afer watching the Monmouth Raft Race, check out the photo's) up in the Forest Of Dean at the local volunteer steam railway place ... and why, because they had a special set of visitors that Jack is still talking about.

Flickr: Who's this coming round the corner? Flickr: A very happy train Flickr: Jack and Mike with a little blue engine Flickr: Mike, Jack and a brilliant Sir Topphamhat, The Fat Controller

After a brief ride on Thomas and Clarabel (the Carriage) we hopped on to the longer journey with Daisy (the Diesel) ... in first class, of course
Flickr: Riversdales in First Class where they belong Flickr: Tourists on a train