It’s seven- thirty on Christmas Eve morning, and rather than snow here in Bristol, we have drizzle. I’m not sure that Bing Crosby would have had many dreams about that, but once the fairy lights have been switched on everything will look almost as it should. Then, in the blink of an eye it will all be over, hopefully pleasant memories will have been created, and we will look forward to, and wonder what the New Year will bring.
2014 was a year of change for my family, mostly good changes, but others devastating, like the loss of my mother. We still have to get through our first Christmas without her, and that will be tough. But, we will continue to support each other, and as the saying goes, we will roll with the punches, and get through it, hopefully smiling as we remember Mum at Christmas in previous years.
The way we enter the New Year will be different too, no Mum having secret tipples in the corner, my daughter, Ellie, will be applying sunscreen in South Africa, and my son’s partner, Lori, will be making her way back down from Mount Everest base camp. It’s all strange and all change, and I have to say that I for one am hoping for a very settled and calm 2015. I will be content not to have any highs just so long as I avoid any lows.
Both Ellie and Lori have promised to keep a journal, and take lots of photographs. I will share some of that with you over the coming weeks. Some of the photographs we’ve received so far have been quite spectacular, so rather than the usual festive visuals I’ve used some of them here.
It’s now ten in the morning, and I’m pleased to say that after a break to feed and walk the dogs, and have a little breakfast, the skies have cleared and the sun is out. It’s very fresh out there, but so much nicer than drizzle. Hopefully it will stay that way, unless of course Bing’s dreams come true and we can have snow!
I am having a sale of all my novels from Christmas Day through to 28th December, all will be only 99c or 99p, so I’m off to do some promotion for that – if there are any you haven’t read you may wish to grab a bargain (or of course tell someone about it).
Before I go, I would like to thank you for all your support and best wishes throughout the year, all gratefully received and very much appreciated. I wish you a wonderfully Merry Christmas, and a peaceful and rewarding New Year.