Monday, 1 February 2010

Last Chocolate bar

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Tonight the snow is deeper than it has been all winter ,slowly the bus is disappearing under tons of snow.
Tomorrow or over the next few day’s we will have to get the shovels out and try to get break out and get to Dingwall and Inverness.

We both enjoy this weather, but the one draw back is when the last chocolate bar has been munched which is where we are at now ..

One wee bar is sitting there in the drawer and it is MINE but Mel has been trying all sorts to weasle it from my grasp

she even explained that since she was the one who got the shopping in morally it was hers anyway ..
then began the i love you babe ,so i do

big eyes ,then the promises of the future
but all to no avail ( i stood firm under pressure )

now with true Yorkshire grit she says she does not want it and i can keep it lol..or words to that affect

So now i have it hanging like a forgotten xmas bauble from the roof of the bus

now we have a battle of wits going on but already i can see Mel start to crack the dribbles of temptation have begun and when i go in the bus i half expect it to be gone or at the least nibbled and replaced

but no doubt as always happens i will give in and watch as she devours it like some stone age woman..

peace and light to you all and happy munching

the dafhermit



 

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