A mischief of magpies

Enjoyably chugging on with my story, which is now much improved, and looking at some poems too.  Happened to glance out of my window and saw nine magpies, which my facebook friends tell me that nine is for a kiss. Also looked up that the collective noun for magpies is a mischief which is rather nice. 

Nipped out in the afternoon and did a spot of Christmas shopping in a real shop, and dove into Sainsburys to buy some wrapping paper.  Everything you do outside home just reminds you how everything is so different. Hopefully next year's festive period will be a lot more fun.