Good-bye then 2006. In the end you turned out to be a good year - much better than 2005... which I would like to bury away in the ground and leave there.
Hodmandod Major got his degree and starts work tomorrow;
Hodmandod Minor passed his exams with results that pleased and surprised us all;
my mother-in-law is happy (although in a world that is entirely her own);
we spent a week in the Isle of Wight and saw the footprint of a dinosaur;
I finally learnt a little of the language of my ancestors in Lampeter and consequently feel I know myself a little more;
I learnt astonishing things about the brain and had such a wonderful week in Oxford I wish now that I had gone to university there;
I had the happiest of days in Amsterdam and, in the company of my publishers, saw my book in a little pile in a bookshop;
I spent a couple of blissful days in the Languedoc talking to some amiable and intelligent people about books;
I finished my book and although my publisher can't take it she says it is accomplished and I should be proud of it - so I shall be;
but most of all I have this blog. Sometimes I think I should give it up because something I love so much cannot be good for me and it takes up so much of my time I really should be doing something else. But I find out so many interesting things and contact so many interesting people I cannot let it go. It enriches my life. I feel I know people across the world and it makes me aware more than ever than the world turns - than the sun shines on one part and then the next - that I am never alone and I hope this never changes.
Yes, 2006 was good because of all the people I already know and the people I met - Oxford, Amsterdam, Lampeter, Languedoc and the web. If any of you read this THANK YOU and Happy New Year to you all.