We had my son and daughter in law's amazing wedding. Scarlett has been a source of delight and joy. We have the excitement of two more babies in the VERY near future. I was 'forced' out of my job, but now have a job that I enjoy that also gives me more time to do the things that I want to do. My wonderful husband is still working hard to make all my dreams come true. My parents have had a year of good health and are able to enjoy their growing family. I love living on our barge and every day appreciate our beautiful surroundings.
I will now admit that I spent a chunk of the year with the big black dog sitting beside me (or in a state of depression for those that don't know that expression). Depression can be a debilitating illness and it doesn't care who it takes in its grip (look at Robin Williams as an example). I don't want you to feel sorry for me, I am just trying to raise awareness. It is not a case of 'buck your ideas up', so please if you know anyone who is suffering, just a hug or taking time to listen can make all the difference. I have suffered over the years quite a lot with depression, but this year it was different. Although the black cloud was lurking, I was able to hold it at bay as I actually have a good life now. I am able to count my blessings and recognise that there are many who are a lot worse off. I love living on the barge, I adore my growing family and I have good friends around me. This was the year that I was able to embrace the black dog without letting it suffocate me and that was a success in itself.
So, 2014 with its wonderful moments and its challenges is behind us and 2015 is shaping up to be a good one. So I will leave you with a couple of photos that define my wonderful life and wish all of you a Happy, Contented and Successful New Year xxxx