I know, I really know now, I am most definitely not going to be the world’s best blogger, or actually even a blogger at all. Something always happens between me thinking ‘oh that would make a good bit of writing for the blog,’ and my fingers decisively meeting the little black squares on the keyboard…
Anyway my wonderful year of celebrating being lucky enough to reach 70, finished with the best Christmas ever – definitely since the children were little – when our daughters, their partners and our three grandchildren sat down for a traditional Christmas lunch. That hasn’t happened for at least 15 years and so it was wonderful indeed, and I know I am truly blessed.
Oh yes and I got a tattoo…
Those three words have helped me on many occasion… you know the story – the king wanted his beautiful princess daughter to marry not just a handsome prince, but someone who was wise too…
So he said he would give her hand in marriage to someone who could tell him the most important words…and they had to be few enough to be engraved on his ring…
no one came up with anything spectacular or earth shattering to impress him, and then a young man said ‘Sire, these are the most important words to remember at all times.’
‘Remember, when you are really happy – it will pass. When you are really sad, it will pass also – and just like life itself – it will pass.’
OK, I can hear you saying that’s not such a great thing… so most old woman get Carpe Diem tattooed somewhere – it’s a sign of the times nowadays …or is it just this day and its the age of the tattoo? Dame Judi Dench got hers for her 80 th birthday I think…but I like those three words and it must be said they have given me comfort many a time.
What a year eh?
Reflections on the pond just up the lane, and mist through the trees up near the wind turbines – no particular reason – they just sum up this time of the year here.
The same pond at sunset and then such excellent reflections on the canal nearby.
I was trying to find something to write on an email to my friends and family to wish them nice things and positive thoughts for the new Year and I came across this JB Priestly quotation:
‘I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.’ ~ J. B. Priestley
So Happy New Year friends, and I hope you find a bit of magic behind most of your mornings.