Counting my blessings on my fingers

12 December 2008 · 5 comments

in International, Personal & Holidays

I am feeling despondent. Whilst in the Little Outdoor Shop of Horrors in Sweden, I purchased a pair of Houdini wrist gaiters. Two weeks later, one escaped whilst on a night tour of downtown Prague. Whilst it may have had a fleeting moment of excitement, the gaiter is probably now buried under a pile of junk in the city dump. All I have are memories of what had promised to be a blossoming partnership.

Wrist gaiters are an ugly invention, if I am being honest. They are a completely fingerless tube of material with a slit for one’s thumb at the side. Have a look on the Houdini website. But in terms of being a practical item for an outdoor teacher, they are a blessing. They allow for full use of the digits to tackle tricky jobs like tying up shoe laces and can be slipped down to the wrists, leaving the hands completely free and no loose gloves to look for at the end of an outdoor session. It’s much easier writing outdoors in winter too.

Despite searching endlessly on the internet I have been unable to find another pair to buy online without having to pay extortionate shipping fees. Houdini is a Swedish company that does not recognise the UK market yet. The collapse of sterling against all other currencies doesn’t help either. Last week I was considerably heartened to find some very funky wrist warmers in Ragamuffin, a semi-designer wool shop on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Alas too much choice and too high a cost both confused and frightened me. I made a quiet retreat and soothed my shaken nerves with a nice hot chocolate in a nearby coffee shop.

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Visit December 14, 2008 at 17:02

Don’t be despondent. Be happy!
Long Island weather is mild compared to the snow/ice storm upstate New York experienced in the last day or so. Ten counties have been claimed disaster counties by State Governor Patterson. Electrical lines are down, power is out; trees are down, roads are blocked, and people are hunkered down.
I’m lighting the fireplace and putting another pot of coffee on and writing!
Happy days,
Long Island, NY


CreativeSTAR December 14, 2008 at 20:25

Hello Joel

We’ve been having the most severe winter since 1976 in the UK. It’s been great! I am a bit of a fan of winter. Nevertheless it’s not reached the state of emergency which seems to have happened in upstate NY and I hope the services are restored soon for all those poor folk.

All the best with your writing – if your photos on your website are any indication, then clearly your material will be good!


Visit December 14, 2008 at 23:00

You’re a sweetie! Thank you.
The fireplace has been burning all day long. Nice and cozy now. It’s around 6 p.m. New York time. Still writing, still blogging, and still trying to learn all this stuff.


mad January 15, 2009 at 20:57

there are really, really cheap ones at Tesco, Juliet!! …they come with a pair of gloves, (for fashion victims)but are cheap and cheerful (about £5 a pair including the gloves, which can always be used later to warm up the fingers!)


CreativeSTAR January 16, 2009 at 07:32

Hello Mad

Thanks for the top tip on the wrist gaiters. I will have to go and have a look, especially as the sales are on. My other bright idea was to snip the heel and toe off worn out socks. The Fashion Police may arrest me but at least my hands will be warm as the fluffy pink handcuffs go on! LOL!


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