Christmas Decorations

The town’s Christmas decorations have been hung. They are not on yet and won’t be till the end of this month, and even then they switch them off at night. How I miss seeing the lights as I walk. Heigh ho. They are a simple, understated affair – gone are the flashing santas and the bilingual Happy Christmas that used to hang over Great Darkgate Street. The tree is still to appear. The smell of pine is always comforting when it does.

Did you hear any fireworks last night? I heard a few. No large gatherings precluded any big displays. Everything it seems will be sobered-down this year. The sun is already out. Not warming us but still a cheerful sight. Thank you.

By Ellen Bell

Artist and writer currently living in Aberystwyth.