"Wishing all my friends and readers a very Happy New Year."


Woke up this morning (29th December) to a belated White Christmas – if a heavy frost counts as white, that is. I had to let the ducks and the goose out with the aid of a hammer because the door to their Night House (safe from foxes) was frozen. And then the goose spent the next five minutes complaining because the water in their little pond was hard. Add another five minutes for her screaming at the ground because it was all nasty and white. Kathy calls her Bernadette, but I think she should be ‘Mrs Bennett’ because she reminds me of the always panicking Mrs B in ‘Pride and Prejudice’. “Oh my poor nerves!”

The goose is a character, and I can quite see where the saying “silly goose” came from… here is proof: What is that other saying? “You don’t have to be mad to live here. But it helps.”

Well, Kathy and Adam are moved into their new home – aptly named ‘Little Owl Lodge’. The days before Christmas were a tad hectic as we were finishing off the last few fiddly bits, then moving furniture from the Big House into the Little House. Here’s wishing them lots of happiness in their new (literally new) home.

On another matter and as an update: if anyone missed it, the new Sea Witch Trailer is now public on YouTube – do take a look and click ‘like’ if you have a YouTube account. There were 306 views of the trailer when I looked; it would be so nice to double that – so spread the word folks!

I have a few New Year Resolutions to make, although I know they will all be broken within a few days:

1. Have a shower before 10.30 a.m.
I don’t get up late, in fact I am often in my study by 8.30 but I tend to tell myself, “I’ll just answer these e-mails, and update Facebook and my blog” then discover it's well past ten o’clock. Although, there is something cosy about writing in my nice snuggly fluffy dressing gown on a cold and frosty morning.

2. Say ‘no’ more often to things that I don’t really want to do, or do not have time to do.
I know this one will be broken, because I’ve made the same resolution for the past nth years.

3. Get this newsletter to my webmaster in good time before the end of the month.
See above for not keeping this.

4. Stop gazing out of the window and get on with my writing.
Again, see above.

5. Cut down on cheese and homemade scones with cream and jam.

What are your New Year Resolutions I wonder? How about ‘Read all Helen’s books again”?

Whatever your hopes and dreams – I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
May the sun shine on your face,
May the Moon light your path,
And may all shadows fall behind you.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Lege feliciter (read happily).