With racing all over , and not much else going on, due to the COVID 19 restrictions , December was another month of staying at home. At least for most of the time.
I did get out and about on a few occasions and on the 4th of December, my buddy Don Simpson and I visited the Race Shop of Justin Desrosiers.
Also during the first week of December , I joined my friends Ron Morin and his wife Reina for the ‘Drive Thru’ Christmas lights in Cornwall’s Grays Creek.
As far as I know, this is the first time this has been done in the City and think it’s a great idea
I also did a few road trips to kill the boredom, picking up additions to my diecast collection. Here’s two rare Dinky Toys , which I acquired . They were both made by the Meccano company in Liverpool, UK over 60 years ago.
An Austin A105 and a Riley.
I used the body of a SIMCA 500 from a Tamiya Kit to re-create the # 5 Doug Wardropper 1963 World Final winning BriSCA F1 Stock Car.
I completed the job during the first week of December, and was quite pleased with the result.
It went well with a Dinky Leyland Comet I have in my collection.
My diecast collecting began when I was about five years old. and I’ve never lost that interest. When I moved from England to Canada in 1994, my collection was shipped over in packing cases by Pickfords.
Here I am in 1961 , seven years old , in Witney , Oxfordshire, proudly showing off my cars. The second picture is a few years later in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
I never thought I’d still be doing it in my retirement.
Will I ever grow up ?
With the COVID 19 quarantine restrictions in place, it meant no trip to Austin , Texas for me , this Christmas to visit my daughter Carla, Alex and my two Grandchildren , Benji, and Sophia.
I really missed them.
I had Christmas dinner by myself at home in Cornwall, Shrimp Cocktail for starters, then Roast Beef, Roast Parsnips and Potatoes, Sprouts , Caramelized Carrots, and Yorkshire Pudding. Cherry Cheesecake for desert.
We did however, have a big family link up via ZOOM at 11-00 am Eastern Time . It involved family in England , USA and Switzerland.
The best piece of news on Christmas Day , was that my Mother had been given her COVID 19 Vaccination that morning at her home in Milton Under Wychwood, Oxfordshire.
The Ontario government announced, a few days before Christmas , that due to the increase in COVID 19 cases the whole of the Province would be going into Lock Down once again, from Boxing Day onwards. Southern Ontario ( which includes Cornwall) for 28 days and Northern Ontario for 14 Days.
This means no more indoor dining, and my Tim Hortons will have to be ‘to go’