So Sunday again and those of you who take note of what I actually write in my Musings will know just what a disappointment it was two weeks ago when my appearance at the local Auchterarder Christmas light switch on was snowed off!
And you will also be aware that the “old git” likes nothing better than developing a crazy idea or two!
Well this weekend he excelled himself! The “old git” is a great fan of the Christmas period and given the slightest encouragement he will dress up as Santa in his full costume – while the “old gal” tries to keep as far away from him as possible and slink into the background, claiming not to know him!
But not content with the Santa suit, he somehow managed to “borrow” a full size Rudolph the Reindeer outfit. And guess who that was for?! yes, the “old gal”!
The grand plan was that they would tandem up and down Auchterarder high street (the longest high street in Scotland I’ll have you know) as Santa and Rudolph! And amazingly the “old gal” went along with it! (Even the “old git” was quite surprised at that one!) They even planned a few stops at one or two local businesses for picture opportunities!
I have to say I was actually feeling rather festive and pleased with myself as we set off – with my coloured Christmas lights! And I was feeling even more pleased with myself with the reaction it brought out on the high street! Lots of cheering and waving – especially from the crowd of people heading into the town hall for a carol concert!
There were a few funny looks too, it would have to be said! And more than a few double takes – mainly from the people standing outside the local hostelries! I guess one or two maybe thought they had a sherry too many and couldn’t believe what they were seeing!
And the look on the bus load of Celtic football fans heading home from a match against St Johnstone in Perth was a picture! Two were even overheard asking their pals: “Is this normal?”!
So first stop was the local Synergy Cycles shop – which is full of very sleek new light-weight cycles for this “old lady” to ogle at … but, disappointingly, no tandems!
My appearance certainly created a bit of a stir, with some of the people who were in the bike shop cafe coming out to take photos, including a few who asked if they could take selfies along with my dynamic duo in full festive gear!
The mince pies promised by owner Donnie had all been eaten but the “old git” and the “old gal” had an ace coffee and some very tasty caramel shortbread!
The “old git” quickly had a look at all the Christmas gifts and gadgets on offer – while the “old gal” had donned a Synergy Cycles top and was eyeing up a flash new electric bike.
But I am sure she was just joking when she said “This is all I want for Christmas” … as she wouldn’t turn her back on this “old lady.” Although I have heard whispers about the possibility of a motor pack being added to give me a bit of a boost going up hills. But that is going to have to wait until the “old git” and the “old gal” win the lottery – as they are not cheap!
So after causing chaos at Synergy it was time to cross the high street to pay a visit to Corbie and Cheip – the town’s new deli and wine bar.
The business has a single bike which, would you believe, is even older than this “old lady” sitting outside. And as we parked up alongside owner Anne came out saying she had to take some photos for her Twitter feed!
There was a general hold up as a number of customers stopped what they were doing and took some more pictures of me and my crew! And you know how I like to have my photo taken!
I have to say I was impressed at the resolve of the “old git” and “old gal” who turned down the chance of a little glass of wine – but they had to head home as darkness was now falling … and I am not too good when it is fully dark!
So after all that fun it was time to return to Matilda’s Rest – with time for one final shot with the “tasteful” Christmas decorations at the front door!
Time for a wee nap for me after all that! After all there is only so much excitement an “old lady” like me can handle in one afternoon!