Monday 19 December 2011

Advent window trip

This year the theme for the advent windows
was Christmas songs and carols.

I didn't get round all of nineteen windows
so far opened, because I took an unscheduled
tumble over a step in the dark.

The main thing that you feel as you crash slowly
towards the ground is
And when you find yourself there
you take an inventory of working and not working parts
and decide that sitting on  a cold grass verge
in the dark
is preferable to trying to stand up.
Then you realise that you have absolutely no choice
and must stand up and make everything
a good deal worse.
The bruises from the keys in my pocket 
were the most surprising.
The rip in my glove saved me from a worse rip in my hand,
and the other hand is now encased in tubigrip
which is a good deal better than having it encased
in a plaster cast.
The first landing knee is protesting.
Squeezing a flannel is hard.
Tearing loo paper
(sorry but it has to be said)
needs an inventive solution involving your elbow.
 I am the world's worst whingiest patient
so thank you family and friends
for bearing with me.
And JofIndia
before you ask -
no, I was not all lit up!


  1. Ouchy so sorry, rotten timing.

    Might have been better if you were all lit up. apparently one falls easier.

    xo Jane

  2. Oh you poor thing, I wish you free of pain as soon as possible. Do take a little more care of yourself.

  3. Oh no! It's bad enough falling over when you're an adult, but being injured in the process is dreadful! You have earned the right to whinge.

  4. Oh my goodness! I hope your aches and pains and bruises get better very soon. I had tennis elbow once and I couldn't tear the loo paper either - all the little things you take for granted!

  5. I feel your pain! I fell last week while walking the dogs. Foot in a pothole while crossing the road and down I went. Doubly embarrassing when you're trying to get up from the ground while tangled with a bunch of whippets. I prescribe ice, arnica and the internal application of alcohol ... it worked for me :D

  6. So sorry you took a tumble. I love the window pictures-such a great idea! I love walking after dark at this time of year, and seeing all the lights.

  7. Poor you ... I so recognise that feeling of landing in an undignified heap. Last time in a puddle of red wine and three rather expensive broken bottles, so blood copiously flowing from hands and knee, and I could just read the mind of the nice young man who hoicked me back on my feet! (Hadn't touched a drop, honest!)

  8. Lucille, poor you. I hope all that trippy pain recedes soon and you're back to the joy of the windows.

  9. Sorry to hear about your fall.

    I understand how painful this is and all the grazes and bruises. It just leaves you breathless.

    I pray for a speedy recovery

    Helen xx

  10. Lucille, you do me wrong...
    My first thought, when reading of your mishap, was not that you had been a little too well "lit up". As if I'd presume!
    No, instead I questioned the diligence of your house-staff: why, in this sorry time of limp wrists and bruised buttocks, is there no helping hand in the loo?

    Hope you're soon feeling fine!

  11. Sympathizing and praying for a speedy recovery.

  12. Is it wrong of me to find JofIndia so funny??

    Hope you are feeling better now... I was really enjoying looking at those windows, as no doubt you were yourself....

  13. Magical Christmas windows, thank you for sharing them. I am sure that we are meant to have cold dark days and nights at Christmas time too instead of our bright sunny days with long evenings ...but not so good if they cause you to have an accident. I do hope that you mend speedily and well. Best of Christmas wishes to you.