December 31st 2016.
A normal Saturday for us to begin with, shower, laundry, housework, and later we will be running the engine as part of her routine maintenance.
As is our tradition, we start every New Year with a household blitz.
In the past of course it took a few hours with bedrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and conservatory to contend with, but in the boat? Ten minutes, fifteen tops.
We put all our Christmas decorations away a couple of days ago. We are still finding the odd strand of tinsel that has escaped the bin.
We had over thirty cards this year, some of which I can recycle parts of when I make mine for 2017.
We have been invited aboard one of the widebeams for a little get-together tonight.
It seems last year three couples more or less in a line in the marina were all on their own New Year’s eve, so have decided to join forces and see in the New Year together. I shall be taking in a few nibbles and a bottle of wine but we will be leaving Maggie on board, so won’t stay until midnight.
We were out shopping in one of the major towns yesterday and I tried on a pair of jeans in a similar style to those that I’m wearing now.
I got into a size 14 easily (I haven’t been a 14 since my late teens), but the legs and back-end were almost as baggy as the ones I already have! A 12 would definitely not have fitted comfortably, but there is hope for the not to distant future!
The mirror in the ladies is very friendly as I caught a glimpse of myself and had to do a double take. I hate mirrors or seeing my reflection in shop window glass, so it was a pleasant surprise to see I have a definite shape now and not just a row of michelins.
New and improved: