I was really interested to read all your thoughtful comments on my previous post - thank you
With less than a week to go this is my final post until after Christmas - may you all have a wonderful and joyous festive season wherever you are and whatever your plans may be.
When I first began blogging just over two years ago, I never imagined that I would experience and feel such a strong connection to the many friends made here in this space. I have been profoundly touched by so many of you during this past year - sharing in your pleasures and happiness, but also your sorrows and grief. I have been moved in ways that I never would have expected. For several of you 2013 has been a year of great sadness - some of you have been ill or are coping with illness within the family, and a few have suffered the terrible loss of a loved one; your courage and strength fills me with admiration - a salutary example to many of us.