The last year has in some ways been a challenge for me both physically and mentally. It’s been a year in which I have realised that I have a wonderful husband, children, family and friends. Those are more precious to me than money, possessions or status. I have made a conscious effort to have at least one thing a month to look forward to, from travel to visiting friends or family, or having them visit me.
It started last November in earnest with our second trip to Australia. We visited friends in Perth, Andrew and lis in Melbourne and lis’s amazing parents in Tassie. We even had a cheeky few days in Singapore.
Christmas was a very small affair, but no less enjoyable because of it!
2015 arrived and we had a rare old time at the Burn’s supper at school! February saw a trip to Paris for Scotland v France. A wonderful fun filled weekend with my friend Debbie. March saw us wave off Nina and Jay to Australia a mixture of joy, envy and sadness
Luckily i had another six nations match in Edinburgh, with also a chance to meet up with my parents. Highlight of the weekend though was meeting Gavin Hastings!
April was brilliant as we celebrated my mum’s 80th, my mother in law’s 75th and nina’s 21st all in the space of 12 days. Jay took Nina away to Barcelona. And she was thoroughly spoiled!
Phew – May, and Elaine and Jane got married. Just a few people to see the legal deed done, followed by a fantastic meal and to see Romeo and Juliet at BOAT; very British in the pouring rain.
We surprised mum and dad when we turned up in Majorca in June. A real tonic staying in a lovely hotel on the pine Walk. Will definitely go back.
My birthday in July was fantastic with mum and dad and Joe visiting. We dined at Mason’s where we were treated like royalty, great food, lots of laughter and the usual Micky taking!
August provided the opportunity to catch up with friends, this involved a few cheeky afternoon teas, cocktails and food. Again with the usual banter lots of laughter and I enjoyed the break from work. We had a visit to the sky gardens, followed by a meal at Madison near St. Paul’s.
I’ve already written about the wedding in September – always joyous occasions full of love, hope and promise. As Kevin and I celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary next week, that pretty much is the twelve months and I have done what I set out to do. I still struggle with a few demons, but these moments, memories sustain me.
Already got trips, visits etc planned up to March, no September, next year……..