We have been blessed with visits from my parents, our good friends Jen and Tom, and Sian’s mum Sue over this festive period, and it has been amazing. The bad news is that things at work are very slow right now, so we are crossing everything that it will pick up soon.
So this week, in an unusual twist of events, I am not going to share our recent shenanigans, explorations and adventures; I am going to do something far more boring…I am going to show you the lovely present Sian bought me for my birthday this year.
I am going to show you my spangly new watch…
As well as having an encylcopaedic knowledge of pretty much every lens Nikon has ever made; I am even more boring in the fact that I like to read about watches. I love watches. I remember driving my parents to the brink of insanity in the lead up to my 13th birthday, flicking through the Argos Catalogue dropping very obvious, very loud hints about which watches I liked in particular – and how each different model I picked out had various benefits with regard to size, accuracy and all that nonsense. It is actually one of the only times my dad properly lost his temper with me. During one of my hint dropping sprees, and having pointed out at least 50 watches that would be an ideal gift, my tired and worn down father screamed, “We’ve already got you a watch -you’re getting a watch, can you please now shut up about these bloody watches?!”
And as I have grown up, I am afraid to say I have not grown out of the catalogue flicking. I am sure that one day, I will own an incredibly expensive watch, but right now it is not a priority. Sian was wonderful and bought me this Ingersoll – it is a beautiful watch, and the reason it is particularly special is down to its movement. Unlike my other watches, this one does not run on a battery with a quartz heart; this is an automatic watch. It is entirely mechanical. So, as I walk around and flick my wrist, it winds itself and keeps time through a million springs and cogs and cleverness…it really is quite amazing and an art, I am happy to say, that is slowly being revived.
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, and promise that I will be back on form with less boring subjects and adventures next week.