Reading My Way Around the World

Thursday 31 December 2020

 Well!   That was a year!  Phewww!!   

For me it has been interesting, frustrating, frightening educational  and restful all at the same time.   The pace has slowed, travelling has been much closer to home than in previous years, but the benefits have been great - a garden starting to take shape, time for art and books and movies, and a huge learning curve getting to grips with Zoom.   

Housework, never my superpower, has been toed well down the line and half an hour watching the birds and squirrels and the passing seasons has become much more important and enjoyable.  

A curlew flew by yesterday when we were walking on the beach and the sunrise has been fabulous - normally I don't notice it at this time of year.  

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post.  No promises to  write more regularly in the coming months but I have chosen a word for 2021 - ENERGY - so let's see what that brings.  

So farewell to the 21st year of the 21st century (thanks to Stephen Fry for noting that one).  Going to see the year out with a glass of something sparkling and  Jools Holland's Hootenanny on the tele - always a great party - it'll be interesting to see how they manage it this year. 

And to wish you all well, if you have time check out Singmarra, my community choir some of whom have managed to stay singing with me online through out the year, here singing Blessed Be

Lots of love, take care and stay safe and I look forward to reading your posts in the coming year.   

Fil xx

Sunrise on Carlingford Lough 29th December 2020 with a dusting of snow on The Cooley Mountains


  1. Hopeful New Year to you & Tom too. I understand exactly the way you've dealt with a lots of this and we are thankful to have hobbies, a garden & living outside of a big city. The biggest drawback for us has been the lack of visiting with our 3 children here in Oz and also wondering about when we may ever get to see DD & DH's extended family back in UK. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

  2. Hi Fil - yes ... I can see your thoughts apply to many of us - thankfully we're here to continue on ... and there have been advantages, despite the disastrousness of life ... we can only stay safe and look at our own blessings ... all the best to you both for the coming year ... Hilary

  3. Wishing you a peaceful, healthy and new and vastly improved year xx we also watched Jules Holland's Hootenanny - a New Year's eve tradition for years 😊 my word this year is Courage - your word Energy sounds perfect for you xx

  4. I wish continued peace, happiness, and good health for you and you family in the new year. What a beautiful picture, so now I wish for more photos from you for the rest of us too.

  5. Love and blessings to you both for the coming year.
    My word is 'confidence' i'm hoping to practice and find some!


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