Happy New Year, everyone! Or at least that’s the hope. With so much worldly tension, division and negativity, for all sorts of reasons, having plagued great swathes of 2019, I’m pinning a massive great sign of positivity over this year.
May 2020 shine and sparkle for us all.
Pre-Christmas, best friend Clare and I went to the Croydon panto at the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls – Cinderella – which boasted a fabulous cast including Tim Vine and Strictly’s very own toe-tapping past winner Ore Oduba. People of all ages enjoyed a sparkling spectacle of humour song and dance and I’m pleased to say (not having been to a panto since our nieces and nephews were small) that all the old jokes are still being successfully used. And YES we did holler, ‘He’s behind you!’ We loved every minute.
Briggy & I had a lovely Christmas – the day itself peaceful and loaded with turkey, trimmings, fizz, chocolate, nostalgic TV and some wonderful gifts for which we are very grateful.
My festive haul …
Briggy’s festive haul …
Boxing day was a family-filled occasion full of our usual laughs, chat and team quizzing (we take it very seriously you know) and the competitive streak was firmly in evidence with Team Turkeys taking top spot, leaving the Crackers, Sprouts and Nuts trailing in their wake (you should hear some of the other team names we’ve had over the years!).
Boxing Day slideshow …
New Year’s Eve we had lunch with our great friends Bob & Noreen at Little Bay in South Croydon. Such a lovely, quirky restaurant, decorated in the style of a theatre. The food was delicious and the Prosecco flowed. In the evening, Briggy and I hit the cheeses and port and indulged in a spot of Jools’ Hootenanny and London fireworks. Bliss.
New Year’s day was spent with family once again, this time at Mum and Dad’s, with Eat, Drink & Be Merry still very much the collective adopted catchphrase.
I hope you all enjoyed the festivities and for those of you who didn’t or who find this time of year extra emotional for reasons good or sad, I wish you peace and good health wrapped in a super-sized supportive hug.
I admit I love all things Christmas including the build up which this year has included a jolly, bargain-filled trip to Bluewater with my niece Jess, a festive fete at the lovely school where my niece Marie Claire teaches, a rip-roaring panto (Cinderella – it was brilliant) with my best friend Clare at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon plus all the usual pre-Christmas gatherings, present exchanges, and mulled wine, choccies and mince pies by the dozen.
I do fully appreciate that both Christmas and New Year can be a very emotional time, sometimes for good reasons, sometimes for sad, and that not everybody relishes the festive season.
I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Christmas, you find peace and some comfort.
Thank you all for your ongoing cheerleading for me, my blog and my novel. The sequel to As Weekends Go will be released in 2020 (hooray!). I truly value your support and friendship.
May 2020 be a peaceful, healthy and joyful year for us all.