I’m not saying that recent years have not been good, they’ve all been good or even excellent, just that 2017 seems to have been exceptionally so. Anyway this is my 5th year end review and I’ll change the format.
It’s been a year of three thirds (aren’t they all?).
The first third of the year (Jan-Apr) was dominated by politics, specifically my campaign to be reelected for the third time to the County Council. With hindsight it wasn’t a big ask but I left nothing to chance and worked very hard just to make sure. As it was I secured just 55% of the vote and, as the Cambridge Evening News said, crushed the opposition.
The middle third (May -Aug) was quieter. We had a week in Portugal (https://flic.kr/s/aHskVpVnC9) to wind down from the election and a short break in Southwold (https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3V3Df9) then I had a Charles Rennie Mackintosh weekend in Glasgow (https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1EPJss). I had a reunion lunch with three friends from infants school days and was fortunate to pick up a little extra work in Spain. But generally it was a quiet middle of the year.
The final third (Sep-Dec) started with my birthday, the big 7 (see picture above), and then extended through an epic holiday trip to Hong Kong (https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9pTuvQ) and Australia (https://flic.kr/s/aHsma53xXU), the birth of grandson number 1 in November, and a wedding which involved us staying in Gladstone’s Library (https://flic.kr/s/aHsktRq3cQ) in Hawarden in December.
Looking back at the year in total I am surprised again that my generation seems to be surviving. I attended the funeral of neighbour Jean Davidson in January and read of the death in 2016 of Colin Sprakes, a contemporary at Churchill, but otherwise it seems that we just soldier on. For that I am truly thankful.
On a personal level I’ve not managed to shake off the kilo I put on during Xmas 2016 and have exercised less but nonetheless find myself in good enough shape and comfortable running longer distances. My only problem at the moment is an ectopic tooth which looks likely to need surgery early in 2018.
Juni and I have continued to enjoy meals in excellent restaurants including Costume Bistro in Porto, Realmente in Queluz and Churrasqueira in Braga (all in Portugal), the Sibton White Horse in Sibton, Suffolk and Number 16 in Glasgow and Petition, Sauma and the Boatshed in Perth (WA). We’ve also stayed in several super hotels including three Pousadas in Portugal and the Lindrum in Melbourne.
And finally … this is how I signed off 2015 and 2016.
‘It has been a very good year and I feel blessed. With so much trouble and uncertainty in the world I seem to have found a place which is especially rewarding. I can but hope that my life continues that way’
Don’t see any reason to say anything different again this year.