Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Boxing Day

Well that’s Christmas done for another year.  An enjoyable outdoor lunch (in the shade) with members of the extended local family at my brother’s house
The pool did look inviting.
My brother wanted to show me the fish farm he has in their back yard.  It’s a closed cycle system with the water from the fish tank being pumped back through two gravel beds where the nutrients from the fish effluent converts to nitrates which he uses to grow their vegies.  This process also oxygenates the water which is then gravity fed back into the fish tank.  Of course they eat both the fish and vegies. 
The small people kept eyeing the pile of presents but were quite good with their patience.
We were back home before 2pm which is when both of us discovered we needed to examine the inside of our eyelids for an hour. 
When it had cooled later in the day I went out and resolved one of the problems with the trailer 12V distribution board only to discover there was at least one other issue. Sad smile
I’ve occasionally wondered why the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day.  Today I checked Google
In Britain, it was a custom for tradesmen to collect "Christmas boxes" of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year.  This is mentioned in Samuel Pepys' diary entry for 19 December 1663. This custom is linked to an older British tradition: since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts, bonuses, and sometimes leftover food.  <Wikipedia>

Hi Kevin Too.  We hope you are enjoying your Christmas and envy the cold!

Hello Pip & Mick.  An interesting Christmas mooring.  Should be very quiet!

Jennie and Robin hopefully your Christmas isn't as hot as ours. :-)

Ade, you and Karen have a great Christmas and a safe New Year.   I'm still considering what to by Jan for her new workshop.  Patience is a virtue!

Geoff & Mags, Sue & Vic.  Jan says thank you for the cards. 

It's another scorcher today and I've the enviable task of operating the BBQ for lunch.  Must remember to rehydrate...... on lager :-)

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