Bah Humbug!

In the depth of a dark evening in my beautiful village, about ten days before Christmas, we pulled up to meet some of our family for a festive meal at our wonderful village café; open on two evenings per week for dinners.  I’m not talking ‘greasy spoon’ café, by the way.  G&T’s Café & Kitchen is just the most delightful venue for a relaxing gathering or for those quiet lunches when you just want a gentle chat over a cuppa and something delicious to eat.

Always met by Thalia, who offers the warmest welcome and by Gina, who performs delicious miracles from the smallest possible kitchen.  Across the road, one cannot help but chuckle at the Christmas lights displayed on one Villager’s house:

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Dinner was incredibly tasty but, instead of describing that, all I can say is ‘Christmas Pudding Cheesecake’.  Oh, now we are talking about the finest cheesecake on the planet, I am sure.  To larn mor

One of my cousins came to stay in early December and so we decided to include her in our festivities, by inviting her to share putting up our Christmas decorations.  That was fun.  One of our dogs; Oscar, decided to get involved and so he sat in a chair and started to direct us while his brother, Digby, refused to participate.  Oscar was really into his role:

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So, apart from one day between Christmas and New Year, I will now be taking a break from work to enjoy the festive season with family and friends.  This year seems to have flown by, as they all seem to, but this has certainly been a significant year.  With the high points being my marriage to my Partner of 20 years, visits from family and friends and visits to friends on a trip that took us to Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, through to the lows of being officially diagnosed as Disabled and, devastatingly, the loss of a very dear friend; Virginia.  Her loss is as hard to bear as it is to believe.

Each year we wonder at what the New Year will herald and, at the end of each year, we reflect over the unexpected highs and lows.  This is all played out against the backdrop of the drama and trauma that happens around the world and within our own societies and communities.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that reads and follows my Blog, to thank those who follow me on Facebook and Twitter (find me: @DPTSTherapy) and to thank all those who support, access or commission my services.  I love my work and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve others and to share my thoughts and interests through Social Media.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Peaceful New Year and I send good wishes to those of other faiths and beliefs, as well as those who practice no specific faith.

My only hope is that we can all find it in our hearts to simply be kind to each and every person; irrespective of their faith or lifestyle.  Treating each other kindly is surely the purest form of good.

Difference, should not be a barrier to kindness between anyone.

Kindness is the solution that the world needs.

Kindness is simple and free.