2009 has not only started with a new calendar, it also sees me waving goodbye to two valued friends. Sadly Typing on the Void is no more and I learnt last week The Garden Monkey has also gone. I'm pleased TOTV is reinvented as The Ethereal Monad, but I don't think there'll be a phoenix-like resurrection for GM. I know The Garden Monkey wasn't to everyone's taste, but for me no other blog has made me say to myself - why didn't I think of that? - so often, or have so many must-read articles and events, plus loads of fun and mayhem. I found GM so encouraging behind the scenes too, not only when I was putting my Open Garden together and I know a number of blogs wouldn't be in existence today either. I wish you well for the future, dear friend and you're always most welcome here.
Lots of people have posted about their New Year's Resolutions over the past few days: I won't be joining you as last year saw big changes for me, so I decided to write some New Life's Resolutions instead. These are more like guiding principles I'd like to live by and I'm happy to say they're still as relevant today. As I also have the tag Goals on my blog, it's meant I've been able to see I've made progress with each resolution during the year - phew!
That doesn't mean we're not experiencing change this year. At the back end of 2008, I was hoping to add this cottage to my New Life's Resolutions as a project that NAH and I would tackle together. This is the final reveal for the couple of Grand Designs posts I wrote here and here. Gorgeous isn't it? We didn't go for it in the end, though I'm hoping I've sown a seed in NAH's mind and we go for something similar in the next couple of years or so. I find that often has to be the way! However, we are embarking on an exciting project together as NAH has decided to return to work. We're now in the middle of setting up our own company so that he can do some consultancy work for the railway industry. As a result I now have the very grand titles of Company Secretary and Director. Friday saw me signing lots of forms and we also had our first Board meeting - without biscuits or cake, that'll have to change. My main duties will be NAH's sounding board and keeping the company's books, so there'll still be plenty of time for gardening and blogging I'm pleased to say!
Twenty five years ago we were in the middle of arranging our wedding, selling 2 houses (mine and his) and finding new jobs 250 miles away from where we lived in the north east at the time. NAH found employment first and moved down here in February. A couple of weeks later he phoned me in a state of extreme panic: We have a very important decision to make, he said, your CV's just arrived here and they're seriously considering inviting you to an interview. We need to decide whether we can stand working together as well as living together! We both agreed this would be a recipe for disaster. Ironic isn't it? Or perhaps we're just that bit more mature about each other nowadays. God forbid.
However, I've noticed some things never change. Last year, I blogged the first sighting of Hot Cross Buns in the shops on January 3rd. Guess what I saw in Sainbury's on Friday? Yep, one of our traditional treats and Easter's much later this year. Harrumph.