It’s a dull cold afternoon in our bit of Yorkshire. But we’ve a log fire burning, and we’re shortly going to roast some chestnuts over it. And I’ve got time to look back over the closing year. 2007 has been kind to me, bringing me many many good things. Here are just half-a-dozen of the highlights.
1. I’ve been pain-free. The hip replacement op I had in 2006 and the dreary painful months before it are history. Three cheers for modern surgery!
2. March. Canoeing off Gran Canaria – I hadn’t canoed for years, but it’s like riding a bicycle. (No, not literally, I mean my muscles still remembered what to do.) On a brilliantly sunny day with a glittering calm sea, I felt so good I could have crossed the Atlantic.
3. May. The arrival of our second dog, a delightful black cocker spaniel pup called Rosie, who makes us smile, and sometimes drives us mad. Two dogs are much more fun than twice one dog. (Dog-owners will understand this weird arithmetic.)
4. August. Hearing a paper given by P.D. James at the St. Hilda’s Mystery & Crime weekend in Oxford. I should really include the whole weekend as a highlight, because it had a stellar line-up of guests. Baroness James’ topic was “The British Detective Story: The Golden Age and the New Millennium”, a sparkling overview of the changes in our genre; it was entertaining, erudite yet clear. I’ve been privileged to listen to many good speakers at St. H’s, but I’ll never hear a better.
5. September. Scoring a bulls-eye during my first-ever session of target shooting with an air rifle. Of course it wasn’t a fluke, it was sheer brilliance!
6. October: I finished my third mystery, BURIED TOO DEEP,
which will be published next June.
2008 will begin for Richard and me with something that will undoubtedly be a highlight: we’re off on a transatlantic cruise in January. This means I may not blog for a while. It depends how well I get on with the ship’s Internet café – and also how many other tempting things there are to deflect me: interesting ports of call and a transit of the Panama Canal, plus all the sheer delights of being on a ship. Time to read, space to listen to music…If I don’t post, be sure I’ll think of you all and raise a glass in your honour as I laze on the sun-drenched deck. Isn’t that nice of me?
Wherever I blog from next, it will be in 2008, so I wish everyone a very happy, healthy and successful New Year.