This time of year we all get a bit stressed however hard we try to avoid it. I was going to wait until after we had been to our feed merchants this morning and then put on a blog about that. But there are two such cheering stories in today's Times I want to share them instead. One is just very funny and the other is so heart-warming in the run up to Christmas. The funny one first:-
In South Lanarkshire in Scotland a middle-aged farmer has written his name in letters 150feet high across his field with his "muck-spreader". He said that he was going to write his full name, but as JIM took three spreadersful of slurry he decided that Jim would have to do! He justified doing it by saying, "Some artists use brushes, I use a slurry tanker!" It was photographed by a flying instructor passing over head. Tried to persuade David to do the same but all I got was a look.
Now for the really heart-warming Christmas story - in Newquay in Cornwall an anonymous artist has spent his time since September painting the Christ Child on pebbles. Now he has scattered three hundred of these tiny images in the street for people to collect in the run-up to Christmas. Each pebble is only a few centimetres across and each depicts baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is the sweetest little image. The artist said, "It's just to spread the real meaning of Christmas and touch people's hearts."
Now, aren't you starting the day with a smile on your face?