Happy New Year! (for 6 days ago)

Yes I know…I am a little late with the new year wishes…

I decided to give myself a nice long holiday over the festive period and am only just getting back into the swing of things.  The second half of 2015 had been been so hard, busy and chock full of changes I felt like I needed (and deserved) a break away from Mr B’s Button Jamboree.  Our festive break included visitors from Kent and Japan.  My mum and dad (hello!) spent Christmas with us and stayed in a posh holiday cottage at Lanercost Priory

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Christmas Day with my parents

Immediately afterwards we had a flying visit from one of our friends from Tokyo.  She came all the way from Japan to spend a week in the UK before spending a few nights in Berlin – her time in Cumbria was a whopping 21 hours!

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Pub time and a windy visit to Hadrian’s Wall with Takemoto-san

After all that visiting I gave myself a few days of nothing – it was lovely though we both found it weird being at home where we both work…and not working.  The perils of working from home I suppose!  I did spend some time thinking about how I want to be spending my time when not working.  I really want to make the most of this new way of life for us both and so drew up a little list of the hobbies and interests I want to pursue or develop as well as things I want to get sorted.  Over the years I have realised that getting things down on paper is a good head clearer for me and a useful reminder of what I want to achieve.  So whilst not quite New Year resolutions, they are a reminder to enjoy my time and spend it wisely.

Hello 2016 and welcome…I look forward to all that you bring.

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