One the eve of another new year it is always nice to reflect on the year just past, something that blogging makes it easy to do. January as ever started with lots of good intentions and a new healthy eating regime that we have stuck to for most of the time. Well, maybe not this past month but it will soon be January again and time for more good intentions!
In February I realised a long time ambition to direct a production of Charley's Aunt which not only was lots of fun but also resulted in some new friendships made and others cemented.
Another long time ambition has been to complete the London Moonwalk and I did this in May, raising lots of cash for breast cancer charities as well as having brilliant fun... Looking at that photo I can't say it did much for the old bingo wings though!
May also saw a rather fabulous wedding like none I'd ever seen before when my brother celebrated his marriage to Grainne. Steam punk meets Alice in Wonderland and a fabulous excuse for members of my family to dress up. "We're all mad here!"... but then all the best people are!
In July I celebrated my sixtieth birthday with sixty of my women friends from right back to college days. Another excuse to dress up and eat cake!
In September we said au revoir to Joe who was off on another adventure. He has been to Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Guatamala, Honduras, Nicaragua and he is now in Costa Rica where he plans to settle for the forseeable future.
But it wasn't long before we were celebrating the success of his younger brother when Jacob graduated having gained a first class degree. We were all so proud of him.
So 2017 was a year of special memories and it looks like 2018 will bring many more of its own with three family weddings scheduled for next summer.
I've not made any resolutions or declared any intentions for the coming year other than to carry on living life to the full.... starting with this evening. I'm just taking a quick break before we get together with friends to see in the New Year.
I've just read this back and it sounds like one of those awful round robin letters people used to send at Christmas and now I'm not sure I want to publish it! It was meant to be a thoughtful reflection on the year just past but in my rush to write it I haven't quite hit the mark.... but I've no time to edit as I really need to start getting ready so all that remains is...
I'd like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!