Ah, well, I thought I'd better write something at long last to let the world know that 2009 had reached us down in the New Forest.
In fact, I'm witnessing a strange phenomenon this morning - drops of some clod, wet liquid, similar to water, are falling down out of the sky! Yes, we have the first rain of 2009. Right up until yesterday morning, we'd been in a really cold snap, -5 Celsius at its lowest. Must have lasted a good fortnight, too. I can't remember having this much sustained cold weather for a long time.
All change yesterday, however, and last night in particular was very stormy - I got woken at about 4am by the wind and couldn't drop back off, so am feeling very tired now.
Not a great deal happened over the New Year. I took the 2nd off, to make a long weekend of it, although one unexpected thing to crop up was we had to visit jacqueline's mum in hospital. Jacqueline last spoke to her before Christmas, and she was all geared up to go on holiday with her old biddy friends to Malta. Hmmmmm, not a bad job if you can get it! So we'd just assumed there was no point getting in touch. However, it transpired that one of her mates dropped out, so she decided not to go, and instead spent christmas home alone. She says she didn't bother telling anyone because everyone had made their own plans.... Anyway, I guess a couple of days after christmas Jacqueline's sister found out and promptly whisked her off so that she wouldn't be spending New Year on her own. Unfortunately, while at the sister's, she got some really bad stomach pains and ended up being admitted to hospital.
So, that was last Saturday, spent over in Dorchester. Bright day, but freezing cold. One good thing was that after the stuffiness of the hospital I drove down to the Portland Bill Lighthouse for a very bracing breath of fresh air. Some nice photos, since we arrived not long after sunset and the night was clear.
Back to the client's Monday, and of course it is like christmas never happened. I'm back to working for the taxman for the next month or so.
This weekend was just me and Alice, Jacqueline went to visit her mum, who got out of hospital a week ago. All in all, nobody got up to much.