Christmas can be a wonderful time of festivities and family gatherings. It can also be a time at which sadness is felt more acutely. This year out Christmas will be clouded by the passing two weeks ago of my wife's mother, Jeanette O'Neill. There is also joy in the knowledge that she lived a long, full and rich life, and her legacy will long live on. Vale Jeanette, you will be missed.
Christmas also means that a long and eventful year is drawing to a close. To all who've followed my blog through the year, thank you. I wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and all the best for the new year.