It's not all about the actors, you know, this pantomime lark. Oh no - one has to consider the whole experience these days, from the moment the first advert goes out to the press, the audience setting foot in the theatre, the merchandise, through the first half, the interval, the second half and into the drunken debauchery that is the after show party.
And guess who gets to deal with all that malarkey? Yup! Me. The Lady of the Manor. I ask you. All I was expecting to do was turn up on the night in my posh frock and tiara, take up residence in the best box with a family-size box of Maltesers and a good book in case things got a bit slow and then nip off home to catch re-runs of 'Would I Lie To You?' on Dave, picking up some chips on the way back.
Ha! Somehow, the 'To Do' list passed to me by Mrs Miggins has grown from 1) Write script and 2) Buy multipack crisp boxes from Cash 'n' Carry to 3) 4) 5) 6) etc etc etc up to 57) re-stock glo-sticks after Mrs Slocombe used the original lot to decorate the Eglu in the style of a meteor shower.
And it's not like I haven't been busy today with other stuff. Or that I shan't be busy over the next week. Like today, we bought the Christmas tree and put it up...
...and whilst we were about it we got extra lights to glam up the magnolia in the front garden...
...and straw and corn because Primrose is shedding feathers all over the shop in her annual moult and needs chirping up and keeping extra warm.
And tomorrow the carpenter is coming to measure up for the boiler housing and another delivery of logs is arriving that'll need shifting and stacking ready for the HARSH Winter we keep being promised.
And on Monday we are going to collect Kayleigh's Christmas present from Halfords (guess what it is!!) and I want to repaint the woodwork in the kitchen (skirting boards, two doors and a larder cupboard) and do some sewing. And I've still got a blanket to finish knitting. And the garden needs a final end-of-year tidy up.
But I love this time of year! The lights, the woodburner all cosy, Christmas songs on the radio, mysterious packages arriving, meeting friends for cuppas in cafés, the end of term fast approaching. And I'll get this panto stuff done. Because, when presented with a list, I DO get things done.
And the Advent candle has just reached '13' and is ready to be blown out. It's carried special memories today with its light as it is the 23rd anniversary of my sister's passing. This one is for you, Jackie xx