It is to be hoped the festive season has been all you wished it to be, celebrated and enjoyed with family, friends, carols, presents, the odd slice of turkey, dollops of Christmas pud, slabs of fruit-rich, lavishly iced cake, and a few (we’re not counting) glasses of wine or something stronger.
Our Christmas was postponed this year — to Boxing Day. One of our sons was booked on a flight from the south-west of England the previous Monday. Cancelled due to stormy weather and rebooked for the following day. That flight too was cancelled. Eventually he arrived late afternoon on Boxing Day. The turkey was in the oven and all was prepared for us to enjoy our Christmas dinner and present opening together. Worth the wait.
Now as the old year closes a new one beckons. We can look back over twelve busy months and celebrate the good times, the pleasures, the joys. If there were downsides and disappointments, then we hope the year about to start will be kinder to us.
2014 brings to Scotland some long-planned big events — the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; the Ryder Cup (described as the greatest tournament in match play golf) at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire; another Homecoming Year, inviting those with connections or an interest in Scotland to come and visit; the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, near Stirling (commemorated by the opening in 2014 of a new world-class visitor centre); and of course our Independence Referendum which will have people voting in polling booths the length and breadth of the country.
It’s set to be a momentous year nationally, but individually for us all, and my relatives, friends and acquaintances around the globe, my blog followers (with special mention to those lovely people who comment and like posts) my hopes are for 2014 to be a year of health, happiness, satisfaction, creativity and peace. And for lots more blogging.
Happy New Year everyone.