"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year

I know I have been silent for several days now, but we had a lovely Christmas chez Elder Daughter and also in the company of Elder Son and Younger Daughter, which was extra specially good as it must be at least seven years since we have celebrated Christmas together.
And now, we are on the doorstep of the new year which, judging by all the news and predictions at the moment, will possibly be one to remember, although not for the right reasons. I think one of my new year resolutions may be not to watch or read the news any more - it's just too depressing and, so much of the time, it is disaster being talked up which all too often often leads to self-fulfilling prophecies.
Apart from that, and because we do listen to the news and would have to be living on a desert island somewhere not to be aware of the current economic climate, we have decided to take the house off the market and forget about moving to France in the near future. (If the Guardian is right and the housing market is going to take 10 years to get back to 2007 conditions, it will be too late for us anyway.)
Of course, we have a lot to be thankful for so there will be no feeling sorry for ourselves, but I reserve the right to be annoyed, nay incandescent, at Gordon Brown's insistence that we all need to batten down the hatches and develop a good dose of 'Dunkirk spirit'. So he, those in charge of banking institutions and politicians everywhere will also be tightening their belts and feeling the cold misery of depleted savings, repossessed houses, lost jobs? No, thought not - and no punishments or recriminations for having got us into this mess in the first place!
(Note to self - New Year Resolution should perhaps be to go easy on the incandescence next year - there will be far too many possible targets!)
Happy New Year, everyone!


Flighty said...

It's good to see that you had an enjoyable Christmas.
Sorry that your planned move has had to be put on hold.
I say 'rage on' as I know that I will be during 2009, especially if Mr Brown continues to make smug remarks!
Happy New Year! xx

Snowbabies said...

Sorry to hear you've had to abandon your plans to move to France.

Hope you have a great new year despite the Gordon Brown effect!

Paul & Debbie.

Ellee Seymour said...

I'm am glad you had such a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year too.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Sorry to hear you have shelved the dream of France but I suspect there will be many other people out there who have similarly and sensibly decided to readjust their dreams in the light of these new economic realities. Happy 2009 Jenny!

Mick's Page. said...

Hi Jennyta.
So sorry to hear about your plans have fallen through. Your decision - very wise.
The family all in one place at the right time, well done.
The chief baboon or should that the be buffoon in his lair in London with all of his other cronies saying we all need to batten down the hatches and develop a good dose of 'Dunkirk spirit'. Try telling that to the people who are now unemployed through his incompetence. I thinking its about time for him to ‘fall on his sword’.
Be as incandescence as you like, I would love see you when you're glowing red hot. A sight to be seen I’ll bet. - Mick

Dale said...

Happy New Year to you too, Jenny. And Keith!
Yes, dear. I quite agree with you on the subject of media avoidance. Bad news, daft politicians and dire predictions may sell newspapers, but they turn my stomach and make me sick at heart.
Sorry you've canceled your plan to go to France, but Wales, I'm sure, remains the richer for it.

Jennyta said...

Thanks for all your comments, folks. To quote Robbie Burns, 'The schemes of mice and men gang oft awry.' (I think!) Dale, email me for a translation. ;)


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