Thursday 29 December 2016


It’s a beautiful cold clear day. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, there’s no wind and the dogs have enjoyed a walk and a swim in Crowthorne Forest. Roxy has just finished a small snack of coal – that makes a change from one of Frankie’s toy cars or a piece of Lego.  Now she, like her friends and relations, is damply snoozing.

It is unnaturally quiet here, after a very busy and enjoyable Christmas Day with Bethan and Robert in London. 
Bethan's family and Robert’s family enjoyed the day together.
Some of the sixteen . . .
 Sadly the Dorset contingent of our family was missing. Having had a very difficult twelve months they did not want to be far from home. Hopefully 2017 will be a much happier time for them.
Susannah in pensive mood
Now, though, Barry and I are sitting in splendid isolation, if it is possible to be isolated with so many faithful furry companions. On Boxing Day Susannah travelled to Antigua where she will be distracted from missing and worrying about Frankie, who is in Cornwall, visiting his paternal grandparents.  

Tomorrow we shall pack the dogs into the car and visit Gillian and her family in Dorset. Bertie will enjoy seeing his brother, Buster, and Roxy will be highly delighted to romp with her siblings again.

New Year’s Eve, or Old Year’s Night as my Norfolk brother-in-law calls it, beckons but we shall ignore its lure and remain by our own warm fireside. We shall probably watch the fireworks televised from London – they are usually spectacular. Doubtless there will be many local fireworks, which are a trial for poor Gus.

Frankie will be home again in the afternoon. Then, on New Year’s Day, he and I are driving to Heathrow to meet Susannah. (Barry will be dog-sitting.) I suspect she will spend much of the following day pushing out the zeds.

 . . . and then it will be back to business as usual . . . (sigh)

Happy New Year, one and all, and may 2017 be Healthy, Happy and Prosperous.


  1. What a lovely Christmas you all had......may 2017 be short on misery and long on happiness.

  2. Hi Janice - sounds like a wonderful time was had by all ... lots going on, good company, fun family times ... tinies to keep you occupied with lots of questions .. dog walks ... what more can one want - oh yes .. to relax on New Year's Eve comfortably at home! I too hope Dorset has an easier year ... me too! Here's to 2017 ... cheers Hilary

  3. Happy New Year to you too.
    That Christmas table looks wonderful, so many happy faces.

  4. Ah, a toast to you, my friend from afar. I so enjoyed reading your posts about your holidays, cats and dogs. Animals are so much smarter than we give them credit for. Long ago I had a dog who understood much of what I said, and listened better than the children. Wishing you a happy New Year. Thank you for your visits. I so appreciate it.

  5. Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope it is a good one! x

  6. Happy New Year! The table setting looked lovely! Wishing you a wonderful 2017!

  7. It looks like you had a loved filled Christmas! Happy New Year! Wishing you a fabulous 2017!


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