OMG it’s 2016!

And already it’s nearly a week old! It seems 2016 is going to pass by as quickly as 2015. A very good reason to enjoy every moment.

A week ago it was Hogmanay and we went to a town Ceilidh in the nearby Town Hall for the first time. We had a fabulous time. Before ‘the Bells’ i.e midnight, the ceilidh band, a group of 5 local lads who were home from University, but definitely knew what they were doing played two sets of Scottish Country Dance music. Right from the first dance the floor was full! And not just with us old ‘foggies’ who had been brought up with these dances but a really good mix of children and young adults who were definitely having fun.


It was a great start to the New Year and enlightening that although the old tradition of ‘First-footing’ is definitely a thing of the past, families are celebrating the coming of the New Year with an alternative Scottish tradition- a ceilidh.

Slainte Mhor!   Cheers!  Good Health for 2016. May it be a good year for us all.


2015- what will it bring?

Beautiful way to start the year:)

Beautiful way to start the year:)

10 months ago today I repatriated to the UK. It still doesn’t feel real and I don’t think a day goes by without thinking about Saudi in one way or another!

So now it’s time to definitely look forward more and less to the past. Here’s to new ventures and enjoying the freedom of retirement!

I hope you all have a 2015 filled with peace, joy and health.:)


Well I can’t think that it’s the last day of 2012 and my 3 week holiday is fast coming to an end! Reading all the good wishes on Facebook I just wish it was so easy to make the world a more caring, peaceful place for us all to live. Meanwhile on the tv is a report about child labour and the part it plays in the manufacture of so many of our products- chocolate and cotton to name 2. Yes I will try to be more discriminating about the ethics of the products I buy in 2013 – a minute effort in a gigantic problem but something I have felt strongly about since student days.
Anyway, being in Saudi and not an official holiday here Hogmanay is a quiet affair and to be honest I don’t really mind. It’s now 11pm here but midnight in Dubai so there’s an amazing firework display happening there around the world’s tallest building (sky news reporting).