Christmas day was lovely. The weather was perfect when I arrived at the coast, nice and sunny. Spent quality time with my brothers, sisters-in-law and the numerous nieces and nephews. I won't list all the stuff I got this year, but among the gifts was Ostler's 'Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin' (which I mentioned a few entries ago), David Starkey's 'Monarchy' (the companion book to the tv series), the S3 Doctor Who dvd boxset and the Vicar of Dibley Christmas special dvd. Yay!
However, rest of holiday was quite meh, owing to extremely bad weather on the coast. Extreme winds, quite a bit of rain, no sunshine with the exception of Friday. Ploughed through a few books, got a jigsaw puzzle done and watched my favourite travel show, the host of which reminds me strongly of John Whitehorne (he's younger, but sounds and acts rather similar- it's hugely entertaining). Also watched 'Edward and Wallis' last night, which I was rather disappointed by- the 1970s series 'Edward and Mrs Simpson' was a much better depiction of the abdication crisis, plus neither Stephen Campbell Moore or Joely Richardson looked anything like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Moore in particular looked way too young for the part). Props to the actor who played Winston Churchill though, he was fantastic.
Returned from the coast this morning. Hope to watch Voyage of the Damned soon (any chance of coming over to watch it Libby?), and I also have Evelyn's wedding coming up on Saturday, with the rehearsal at the cathedral on Thursday afternoon. And next week, NT Greek resumes. Hoping to fit some study in for the revision test, which is in the first lesson back.
It goes without saying, really: 2007 was not a good year for me. Don't get me wrong, good things happened, but I feel like everything just paled in comparison to Maryke's death. No, I'm not particularly sorry to see 2007 over.
Bring on the new year, because I've never been in more need of a clean slate.