We had a pleasant Christmas lunch at the Dibbinsdale, complete with crackers and party poppers, as well as a delicious Bailey's cheesecake! Afterwards every one came back here and we had fun opening all our presents.
When Mum and Alison went home we just relaxed and enjoyed our presents, I watched an episode of Morse from the set that Ian bought me, I put some forward dates into my diary for next year, I started the jigsaw that David gave me. Now I'm listening to a worship cd which Beverley sent me. While I've been doing that I reread a number of the letters and emails I have received from my friends in NZ. I loved reading them, but some contained sad news, a friend and colleague who is very, very sick, the problems that have beset my old school as they continue to work through the merger process, people retiring and moving on. My thoughts are very much with them all, so much has changed in the last twelve months, last Christms I don't think I could possibly have guessed that we would be back living on Wirral by now. It has been a year with more than its share of sadness, but plenty of joy too and much to celebrate. I am looking forward to the year ahead, I'm sure it holds many exciting possibilities and challenges.
Soon I need to tidy up and start preparing for the lunch I'm cooking for Mum and the family tomorrow. I'll just finish this cup of coffee!