Things quiet at Autumn Cottage after the Christmas hustle and bustle, so I am enjoying the time to sit down and write a PowerPoint presentation for a new writing course I will be running face to face for the first time in February.
It is being written in unusual circumstances, though, because right now I am typing on my laptop computer in front of the fire, instead of in my chilly office. As is the way of the world, (otherwise known as "Sod’s Law"!), the heating, cooking and hot water system at "my" end of the house (where my office is situated) broke down on Christmas Eve. So we have been bundled in cardigans and scarves in the outer reaches of the house, and VERY grateful for big fires and hot water from the other end of the Cawley residence.
Added to which, there have been some family problems with Alec’s elderly relative, which has required some to-ing and fro-ing for him – and a lot of heartache in between, Fortunately, he and his siblings are all very supportive of each other, and in agreement about what needs to be done, it is just frustrating for them all that certain providers take a plaguey long time a-doing of it.
But in between all this "bummer-life-stuff" I am able to say that I was once again immensely lucky in the gifts that I received on Christmas Day. Santa-Alec brought me a digital projector with which I can now give much more professional talks (I am currently producing one about my recent visit to Venice and the journal on which the visit was based). And now that Alec knows that HIS gift from me is (another!) visit to Venice in the spring, I can also feel free to talk about it here. Phew, has it been difficult to keep that a secret for the last couple of months!
Still no camera, (and I am suffering severe withdrawal symptoms about that now – no Christmas photos at all this year - Bah!), you will, I am afraid, have to put up with yet more images of Venice.
Enjoy the peace of the year as the year turns round. I’m writing my list of "Goals for 2007" at the moment – what are some of yours?