As 2017 draws to a close, on reflection I guess it was a good year, especially for my blog which has clocked up the best stats since I started in September 2013, more than 2½ my views for last year and over 20,000 views more than my best year.
Thanks to all my readers, followers and blogging friends. It would never have happened without you!
It’s all documented and you’ll find details of the final trip in my April posts.
Health wise it’s been up and down for all three of us, but we end the year relatively fit, if a little heavier than when the year started, and I still have that snuffly cold I can’t shake.
With the New Year a few hours away, we shall be starting a revised diet regime and getting back into the swing of regular exercise. The last six months have been a bit haywire to say the least and whilst we haven’t exactly got lazy, our routine was disrupted and we had to make do or eat on the run. Trying to get back to our normal eating habits has been hampered by reflux problems for us both and a process of elimination to the causes.
Family issues have revolved around my Mum who became a permanent resident in a nursing home in November after 6 weeks respite and assessment. This is great news for all of us as she is now getting the 24/7 care and stimulation she needs. We finally managed to get down to visit early in December, but Mum was not well that day and did not know we were there. I have spoken to her since, but during our conversations I can sense her mind drifting as she struggles to retain in it who she is speaking to.
Sadly she had a fall on Christmas Eve and broke her wrist, so has been in hospital since.
On a happier note, we’ve had two weddings this year, and bought posh togs for the occasion in July. It was a bit of a jumble at our end as we ended up having to take the dog, who looked very pretty sporting a pink bow. We didn’t stay for the wedding breakfast but it was good to see my niece married.
We were hoping to ‘attend’ a wedding in NZ today. Skype is wonderful, even if it meant staying up until midnight our time the previous day for a 1pm ceremony there.
Our test run showed the house had been adorned with flowers, and tables set up outside for around 40 guests for a BBQ after the ceremony. Sadly, when it came to the crunch at a quarter to midnight for us to tune in, our connection failed, so we missed it!
However, we had got to speak to the family and an excited bride to wish them well.
The biggest change though has to be moving from water to land and purchasing a house.
Though not exactly what or where we wanted, we got a good deal for our money and so far things are working out OK. We miss the simplicity and freedom of boat living, our boating friends and friends we made in the town on our walks, many of whom have sent us Christmas cards. However, we are making new friends and it’s nice to have the extra space, the luxury of a freezer and washing machine, and of course that all important washing line.
2018 will bring new challenges, and in the first few months, weather permitting, we shall be sectioning off part of the back garden ready for our veg patch.
The Chinese New Year starts on February 16th and is the Year of the Dog
I liked both of these images, and wish you all a Happy New Year from the three of us.
May 2018 bring you good health and happiness throughout.