2013 draws to a close.    For me, there were many highlights.

Meeting my beautiful cousin, Sheena, with her husband and daughter on the island of our common ancestry in the Hebrides.

Gathering on a shore in Lewis somewhere North of Stornoway, with my husband, my brother, our cousin, the three children and four grand-children plus our indefinable relative, my cousin’s daughter, and all their spouses as appropriate, and watching the flowers for my mother float away on the Atlantic.

Visiting the iconic Falling Waters, most famous private house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, through which a river runs, in Pennsylvania, USA, with our hosts, Anne and Ken Sullivan.

Going with John on a beautiful morning in Orkney and walking around the completely empty site of a huge and ancient complex thought to pre-date Stone Henge and marvelling at the wonders produced by ancient peoples.

Spending a fabulous day in hot sun (a miracle so far North) on Lewis with Joanna, Lawrence and the girls on a beach we practically had all to ourselves, miles of golden sand, sea a sapphire blue.

Having lunch in the hot sun by the Marina in St Raphael with our friends Hedwig and Hily of Belgium, and Nan and Steve of Scotland.

Visiting an amazing exhibition of Japanese embroidery of flora and fauna at the beautifully remodelled Ashmolean Museum in Oxford with our hosts Elizabeth and Jonathan Roberts.

Staying in an attractive cottage a few footsteps from the River Thames with Elizabeth and Robert and watching the river activity on the  day of  the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race.

Meeting the charming and enigmatic Alex Salmond at Culloden.

Watching the new house of Sarah and Rory take shape while their son Ewan learned to walk and is now beginning to talk.

Spending a dusty weekend with Elisabeth and Robert, celebrating my birthday, and advising on some of their renovations, secure in the knowledge that we don’t have to execute the plans!

Sailing with John up the Thames from Margate to under Tower Bridge on the Clyde paddle steamer Waverley.

Taking pleasure in receiving your emails and postcards, your comments on my blog, the visits you made to me for coffee, the lunches we went out for, the invites to your houses, craft group, book group,(s)  philosophy group.   I enjoyed them all.

May the gods of good fortune smile upon you and yours in the year to come.   Peace be upon you.

About adhocannie
I am a good natured woman with a long memory and a swift tongue. I like loooking at things and thinking about them. Also food, clothes, travel, reading, sewing. I try to see the ridiculous in things, but sobriety of reflection keeps edgting in. I have husband, children, grandchildren, friends... I feel rich in things that matter. I am a happy exile. I like writing. I do not like talking about me (though I do.). You willl be much more interesting.

One Response to 2013

  1. Sheena says:

    To say meeting you was a highlight of the year is rather an understatement!

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