The last day of the year, here already, it feels like barely a few weeks ago that I was locking the door on the cold dark night of December 31st 2007 and lighting the fire and preparing to hide away from all the commotion that becomes the world at this time of year. I’m not a fan of New Year’s Eve, you’d probably guessed that already. What’s it all about? I don’t get it. I like the idea of a new start and new ideas and a new beginning and a clear out but the big fuss that is made about making you feel like you should be doing something overly exciting and special and fun and having a fabulous drunken time, well it’s not my thing. I always have a clear out these days in between Christmas and New Year, physically in the house and mentally. I like this time to sort my head out a bit, try to clear some of the rubbish that’s been accumulating over the last 12 months, some of the silly worries and idiotic ideas and things that I’ve found myself getting caught up in and annoyed or upset by. At least I try to give myself a bit of a fighting chance coming into a new year rather than start it laden down with baggage, impossible to get rid of it all I know but it’s worth a try.
So we went out for a walk today, another bitter cold day, minus 5 degrees C this morning. A bit parky as they say. We drove over to Caerlaverock Castle, it’s a cracking beautiful castle, all red sandstone and is the only triangular castle in Scotland. It’s good to walk around the estate, lots of marsh lands, lots of birds and some fab old woodland.
Fine old pots, slightly worse for wear but 13th and 14th century pots so it is to be expected. Baluster jugs rare in Scotland you know Doug.
Sorry the film is on it’s side, I forgot but I took it because as we arrived there was a wedding about to take place in the castle and the sound of Scotland was being piped across the grounds. Hope you can hear it.
2008, well it’s been as they all are, up down up down, trying to stay as steady as I can. Some of it has been fantastic, I’ve made some really great new friends this year and you will all know who you are and sadly lost one in Alan which was and still is a tremendous shock. I like to think I’ve made some really good pots this year, some of the best I’ve ever made. I’ve had some really fun times and seen some beautiful places, oh and some beautiful pots!
So 2009, what will it bring, who knows, all we can do is try our best. I wish you all a very happy and hopefully prosperous new year full of love and joy, laughter and peace, may you all achieve and be happy. So I’m off to lock the door, stoke the fire and sit down with Paul to enjoy a bottle of wine and a good meal.
“What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It’s never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?”
Heather Small, Proud.