I had every intention of writing part 3 of our America/Canada trip but got caught up in organising a campaign to try to get a vital screening service reinstated to our local clinic! It is still ongoing, so I can't say too much, but suffice to say I think we are getting somewhere with it and I will write about it fully once the situation is resolved.
In the meantime, besides organising Christmas I was also organising a party for our family and friends to help MWM and I celebrate our Ruby Wedding Anniversary on 7th December, which was our actual anniversary date but we had the party on 6th. We thought 40 years together was worth celebrating and could think of no better way that gathering family and friends.
We hired a room at a local social club, booked caterers, a DJ and a live band, had an anniversary cake made by a local baker, had the room decorated with balloons, banners and etc and just hoped everyone would be able to turn up.
Here's some photos from the evening.
The married long time couple
Everyone had a wonderful time, as did we, it was so lovely having everyone together in one place.
Now Christmas is all but done, we are busy packing for a few days away over new year with some friends. We leave on Tuesday and get back on Friday, it's just a short package for a hotel stay in the south of England, with a gala dinner on NYE and a day trip to Brighton - a complete change to what we usually do.
I'll tell you all about it when we get back and promise to continue with the America/Canada trip and will, eventually, get round to posting about the trip to Italy we made in May. Such a lot to catch up on!
Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.