I may also be mistaken - but I think I may be eventually proved right here - that the good Captain recorded a version of "Walking in a Winter Wonderland". I've tried Googling it - the phrase comes up connected to himself but there seems no proof of an actual recording. I'm sure someone out there will let us know.
|9 o'clock this evening|
This is all well and good - after all, we can turn the heating up or light a fire. So I set off to the kitchen to make dinner whilst Mrs Dave put a few more Yuletide declarations up. I had promised to make sure that dinner was over and done with by 7 o'clock as Strictly Come Dancing - the Final was on. No major problems there. Dinner over - I even offered to clear up.
And then disaster struck. Mrs Dave entered the kitchen whilst I was trying to see if it was possible to scrape any more out of an empty bottle of Shiraz with a look of sheer despondency upon her visage.
"What is wrong, beloved?"
"Bloody satellite reception has gone."
"Ah, so no Strictly then?" he said smugly.
Not a good idea. Perhaps having not followed this (or any) series, I had no idea of the sheer impact of this momentous statement.
Hmm . . . perhaps the snow was covering the dish? Before any real panic settled in (not on my part) we thought it best to see if the neighbours could still receive Sky. No, they couldn't. They also informed us that this happened last year when it snowed too. The more astute members of the readership can see where this one's heading, can't you?
"Oh great - so I can't watch the finals, then?"
I have a plan. Despite it being all crisp and deep and even. By the way, the neighbours kindly invited Mrs Dave in to watch it as they seem to be able to get Terrestrial tv (of course, we can't - probably my fault, too).
So, I'm out on the flat roof at 7 o'clock in the dark with the snow falling with a step ladder and brush clearing the snow off of our, and the neighbour's, satellite dishes. I'd stopped my son going out to the pub to help me. "Oh is this to prove to mum that if it doesn't work I witnessed you going out there?"
"No, it's so you can call the bloody ambulance if I fall off the roof."
Anyway - it worked. It bloody well worked.
I settled down to watch a documentary on the making of the National Theatre's version of War Horse in between rounds of SD. Guess what? "I'm beginning to suspect that the snow is building up again - the picture is digitallising."
So, 9 o'clock and I'm back on the roof with a brush clearing the snow off of the satellite dish. Honestly, the things I do for a quiet life. Not once, but twice. Twice.
Anyway, if I'd have thought about it I should have taken a photo from the roof. I'm sure my friend Mike would have - mind you, he wouldn't be on his roof in the dark in a snow storm anyway. So we'll have to put up with the shot from the front door. Let's face it, you wouldn't send a dog out on a night like this.
Just a husband with a step ladder and a hand brush.
The things we do for love . . .
|. . . and from behind the house later|