New Year’s Eve was a quiet one this year. Having raced around all year, I simply wanted to be at home. It was lonely but I couldn’t face drinking and being jolly somehow. At 11pm the phone rang. It was my mum. She offered to come over, with my dad and just see the New Year in with me. Although some people might not feel this, to me it was a real act of kindness and cheered me up. So at 11.45pm the doorbell rang, glasses were hastily poured and with whisky in hand we toasted the new year together. Wonderful! We were then treated to a 180 degree display of floating lanterns and fireworks that lit up the back garden.
New Year’s day dawned. It was a chance to visit my brother and his girlfriend and her lovely family. We spent the day catching up, playing hide and seek with the children, skimming stones, jumping in puddles and eating delicious home-cooked food. I felt really blessed. To top it off, we received an i-pad Facetime call from family in Scotland and we were treated to seeing my cousin’s new-born, beautiful, little girl. Fabulous. Feeling blessed!