We are approaching Christmas and I feel I should explain why the blog is over one month in arrears. Unfortunately Richard has suffered from an unusually heavy workload compounded by a nasty bout of flu and bronchitis. He has all of the entries up to the current date and will endeavour to put them on as soon as possible. It is our intention that the future current entry, at least, will be in chronological order from the earliest date first. As the blog is essentially a diary this makes more logical sense.
This is an appropriate time to wish all my readers a very happy and relaxed Christmas and enjoy every minute you can in the New Year. In this vein I have included an American Christmas message: Christmas Blessings – rather sugary but the sentiments are sincere.