Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Happy New Year
First of all a very happy new year to everyone. My Christmas/New Year festivities went much better than expected – in fact Christmas Day was one of the best I’ve had for a long while, and you can see Mollie enjoying the beach on Christmas Day. But Pip and I never celebrated it anyway so I had little to miss.
Several days after Christmas I headed up to London (don’t mention the train journey from hell) to meet some friends and see the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition. Courtesy of the rail service I was over an hour late and made the 7pm ticket deadline with a minute to spare (wiping sweat from brow) and very glad I did, despite being knackered. It really is a once in a lifetime experience and despite being hot and crowded, worth every minute of the 2 hours we spent there.
We then went for a drink in Covent Garden, before heading back to Surrey to spend the night with Deb’s mum. Next day we spent some time with her before heading back into London and exploring old haunts and then the long trek home. A 5 hour journey seems to take forever when you’re tired, but I got second wind on receiving a text from a friend to say that some friends were doing a gig at our local pub. No wonder I’m tired now.
On New Year’s Day evening I went to the Cornish shout at a pub near Redruth which was terrific. Everyone seemed to be suffering new year blues and a good sing among friends was a fantastic way to cheer ourselves up. Since then I’ve met several other friends, all feeling down. There can be so much pressure at this time of year to be having an amazing time – or think that everyone else is having an amazing time – when many people aren’t.
But I hope 2012 brings all my friends – cyber and real – happiness, love, peace, fun, productivity/creativity and good health. And whatever else you may desire.