Drawing a line under 2014

"Don't let the door slam you on the butt as you leave!"

The less I say about 2014 the better. If we sum it up as "challenging", that will be an adequate enough adjective.

So. Onwards. 2015. 

The antibiotics are working incredibly well. My chest infection is much improved and there's even a small spring in my step again. It amazed me how awful I must have been feeling, now that I feel more myself. Still got a bit of a chesty cough, but the nasty rattle has gone.

I made mention to my lovely landlady that I would like to have a proper fire, could I please borrow her man to sweep my chimney (ahem). On return from my first outing for a week, everything was ready for me. The chimney had been swept and a fire laid out ready to go.

My first real fire!



That's right. I've been in England since 1988 and this is the first time I'd got around to having a real fire in my home. 

Pyromania runs in the family. My dad and brother used to build bonfires at the drop of a hat. Any excuse. I'm not really any different I've discovered. Having said that, Dave elbowed me out the way for a chance to play with my fire (no, it's not a euphemism, stop giggling in the back). 


This morning we went shopping for the proper accoutrements for my hearth. Because Ladies and Gentlemen, I now have a hearth. My fireplace, is no longer decorative. We bought all the things for my fire. And of course, once we got home, we had to make sure everything worked properly. After all, I wouldn't want to have had a duff poker (no really, stop sniggering, it's distracting).


I've still got some rearranging to do to get things just right, and of course I need a log basket. So, that's still to come. 

The New Year.

This New Year is about my creativity. I realise how much I miss writing for myself. There has been so much that has happened during 2014, that really brought home, how little I have to lose. It's time to stop making excuses and to start applying my imagination and perseverance to my laptop.

This New Year is about my health. Ending 2014 with a chest infection emphasised how much living well is not about so called "lifestyle choices" and more about being able to do the day to day stuff with energy and enthusiasm (I seriously lacked both in December).

This New Year is about cherishing my nearest and dearest. It's never too late to annoy the crap out of my Boy and Dave. I want to have more fun doing stuff with both of the men in my life. And yes, just because Boy is all grown up and manly-like, he's still Boy to me. It's also important to me to spend more time with the lovely people in my life. Old, new and good friends.

These three areas are where my focus will primarily rest. There are other things I would like to look into. There's the counselling course I'll be starting next week. And I'm also wondering about volunteering in my local community. But these are side issues at this point and I suspect as I get further along into 2015 more opportunities will pop up.

Darlings, I wish you all good health, oodles of wealth, lots of fabulous moments with friends and loved ones and as much joy and fun as you can possible cope with.

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  1. Happy new year to you - creativity all the way!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too darling!

      Can't wait to see what great things 2015 has in store for you!
      xxx

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  2. Happy New Year Roses.

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    1. Happy New Year Liz!

      Have an awesome one! xx

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  3. Happy New Year (hopefully without any duff pokers)!

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    1. Happy New Year lovely!

      No duff pokers yet! It's looking good so far.
      xx

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  4. Wishing you, Dave and Boy all the best in the New Year! Looking forward to more writings from the heart. Get healthy soon, dear Roses. Glad you are on the mend. xoxoxo

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    1. May the best of 2014 become the acorns that grow into mighty oaks in 2015!

      I overdid things yesterday, I got a bit over-excited there. Today, I'm being very productive (no more floordrobe) but a little more slowly. I'll go to bed early tonight I think.

      Lots of love sweetie! xx

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  5. We used to have a proper fire when I was a kid, which was lovely and warm but my father hated all the business of laying the fire and then cleaning out all the ashes afterwards. My sister and I knew to keep well out of the way while he was effing and blinding!

    I hope 2015 brings you lots of good fortune and unexpected pleasures.

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    1. Same to you Nick.

      Really not sure what your dad's problem was, it's a 10 minute job for one fire. No wonder you don't remember him fondly.

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  6. What a lovely and fiery hearth! I can imagine the warmth and crackling sounds of fire going. Happy New Year to you & yours!

    Any year that starts with a renewed devotion to spend time with loved ones & friends is all ready off to a great start. Get well soon.

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    1. It's so comforting. I know it's only the first week of it, but I'm really enjoying the experience.

      Many blessings to you my dear for this year and the next!

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  7. I take the laying of the fire and the clearing of the grate in good part because I so love a proper fire.

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    1. I'm with you. Cleaning it out doesn't take very long at all...I'm finding it difficult only in that I clean it, lay the paper and kindling in preparation and immediately want to light it!

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  8. It's ages since I lid a fire.

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    1. Best get your chimney swept then!

      xx

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