When we think of winter we always have lovely images in our head, but the reality is oh so different as cartoonist Beth Evans beautifully captured, it really becomes all about scraping ice:
When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats. But a survey highlighted in The Telegraph of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead.
A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer.
A “pet horse” was the third most popular choice, with a “car” making a bizarre entry at number four. But despite their material requests, the tenth most popular Christmas wish on the list was a “Dad”.
The survey, of consumers at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, found children aged three to 12 years also wanted a dog, chocolate and a stick of rock. Traditional hopes for a white Christmas were represented by a wish for “snow” in ninth place, with sensible youngsters also requesting a “house”.
Of the top 50 festive requests, 17 related to pets and animals, with some imaginative children hoping for a donkey, chicken and elephant.
iPhones and iPads also appeared on the list, with some quirky children asking for the moon, a time machine, a pond cover and beetroot. One child asked for Eva Longoria and another wanted Harry Styles from One Direction.
A request for a “mum” reached number 23 on the list.
We’ve been away this week on holiday in North Norfolk – it was cold and grey but great fun and refreshing and an explanation as to why the blog has been quiet.
This picture of sandy beach, palm trees and clear, blue water. But if you think that these holiday makers are lounging on a warm tropical island, you’d be wrong. They’re inside a giant hangar in snowy Germany!
The ‘resort’ is actually located on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany. Tropical Islands is inside a hangar built originally to house airships designed to haul long-distance cargo. And despite it looking like temperatures are through the roof – outside the giant hangar it is actually snowing.
The Daily Mail has more photos: Link