Steve has designed this year's Christmas card and we have printed the first batch, ready to send overseas just in time for next week's postal deadlines.
I have written the annual news letter to send to friends we don't see that often. Looking back at the blog, we seem to have crammed in an amazing amount this year especially since I finished work at the end of March - new places; new experiences; favourite haunts revisited; old friends reunited; new friends made - especially in the cyber world; enjoying life to the full together, while we can.
Looking back at the blog also brought home to me how fortunate we have been. Too many have succumbed to mesothelioma this last year after putting up brave battles over a prolonged period; others fight on with determination in the face of disease progression. Not forgetting that behind every meso warrior are families and friends whose lives are also affected by this disease.... We have also lost a close friend this year, unrelated to mesothelioma. No one can take life for granted. Perhaps that's the underlying reason we have been cramming it all in!
The festive season is now in full swing. In Oxford where we live, this evening is "Christmas Light Night". A lantern procession will wind its way through town; there is live music and entertainment on stage in St Giles to celebrate the Christmas lights being switched on, and a big screen will be set up outdoors at Gloucester Green showing locally made films. Many of the City's venues and institutions are opening late with special events and activities, many by candle light. One of the Light Night highlights will be "Unsilent Night" - a promenade through the City streets, with people carrying ghetto blasters, CD, cassette and MP3 players, all playing in unison the same "sound sculpture" of shimmering bells, chimes and grand chorales - the composer's words, not mine. Sounds amazing!
We thought we would miss the event this year, but plans have changed at the last minute and, who knows, we might make it after all. It looks like it could be quite an evening, one way or another!