Ani’s Advent 2019! Peace, Sleep and A Disgruntled Story Reading Ape

Hey Santa,

Well, I’ll be going home today and, to tell the truth, much as I’ve had fun with all the other animals, I’ll be glad of a rest. I may still be a pup at heart…but my bones don’t always seem to agree.

Peace on earth… that sounds pretty good about now. And anyway, I miss my sofa… and her… you get used to your own two-legs. Get them properly trained. And the fish will be missing me. And goodness only knows what the hedgehogs and the pigeons have been up to while I’ve been gone!

I suppose you don’t have that problem, working away just the one night every year. But, then, you have such a long way to go that you must turn time inside out to do it… so maybe your night is half a year for us!

Mind you, I’m not the only one wishing for a bit of peace… a certain Ape of my acquaintance has a similar problem.

Makes me tired just thinking about it!

I may have to have a nap…

Much love,

Ani xxx

The Disgruntled Ape

Every. Darn. Year. It happens…

I’d just settle into my tree by the stream, to enjoy Christmas Day, and it starts.

Next thing I know, I’m sharing branches with two courting doves who keep cooing at each other, three hens jabbering away in some foreign language, four birds that keep calling each other on their mobile phones with those irritating ringtones, somebody tossing shiny yellow rings onto the ends of the top five branches, six geese deciding to to start laying eggs from the topmost branches onto seven swans who usually swim past.

THEN, the humans start their antics.

Eight milkmaids start milking their cows in the field, while nine ladies in fancy looking dresses, complete with jewellery and beehive hairdos, dance around, most being partnered by ten posh looking men (one of whom always dances by himself), while eleven Scotsmen play bagpipes in time with twelve maniacs on drums.

I’ll be glad when 7th January arrives.

About the Ape

Chris Graham, also and perhaps better known as The Story Reading Ape, is an avid reader and the most supportive Ape known to Indie, Dog or other literary bipedal and quadrupedal lifeforms.

His website offers a huge array of resources for writers,as well as humour, publishing news and a platform where writers can be read, share their expertise and promote their work. If you don’t already follow TRSA, grab a banana and head on over.

Chris seldom promotes his own work, but he has published a book of poems, My Vibrating Vertebrae, which is the legacy of his mother, Agnes Mae Graham.

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My Vibrating Vertebrae: and other poems by [Graham, Agnes Mae]My Vibrating Vertebrae

Agnes Mae Graham

Edited by Jo Robinson

We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’? From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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40 Responses to Ani’s Advent 2019! Peace, Sleep and A Disgruntled Story Reading Ape

  1. Darlene says:

    That’s a great letter, Mr. Ape. I heard a song like that once. Your friend, Dot the dog.
    PS I’m glad you’re going home today, Ani xo

    Liked by 2 people

  2. jenanita01 says:

    Very festive, Chris and I’m sure Ani loved it! All the best for Christmas to you and yours!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Many thanks for hosting my little rant, Ani & Sue 🤗❤️❤️❤️🤗


  4. acflory says:

    -giggles- I think you blog has been well and truly taken over by the ‘beasts’. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  5. V.M.Sang says:

    I laughed all through this. I love it!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. So funny. I’m with the Ape. January is always looking good about this time of year. Merry Christmas to the whole bunch. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  7. fransiweinstein says:

    Hope you’re back home by now Ani and enjoying the peace and quiet. And maybe a nice treat too.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. willowdot21 says:

    I like this, I totally agree this is the most disruptive time of year 💜 Good will to all men, okay but what about the rest of us 💜 Love Ruby 💜💜💜

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  10. This is a great idea, Chris. I really enjoyed your post.

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  11. I’m not a great fan of that song, Chris, but I love your take on it! 😀

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  12. dgkaye says:

    Lol, fab post Chris. I’m sure Ani is delighted ❤


  13. Widdershins says:

    Bwhahahahaha. 😀 … brilliant! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Jennie says:

    I wonder if Ani would like to join you one year. Those four calling birds and three French hens might be fun to chase.


  15. This was a breath of fresh air! I love Ani’s voice and thoughts.


  16. Haha, I had forgotten #’s 9-12, and when I saw the description of 11 here, I was like, “11 Scots a Scotting…? That isn’t it… what am I thinking?”

    Then I looked it up and laughed at the silliness. Loved this piece’s humor!


  17. kevin cooper says:

    Lmao! Great post, Chris! All the best for 2020, my friend. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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