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Saturday, 30 December 2017

A summary of the past year......

     Tis alright this will not be a long post via anyone's stretch of the imagination. 2017 has had more low points than highs for myself....

Low points....

Worst and most devastating was the loss of my father, Geoffrey Wooldridge, on the 22nd Oct after a short illness.

Further down the list of low points is that at the present  moment we have yet to move house and the feeling of being in limbo continues unabated.

Related to the non-movement of said abode is the fact that I still have no where to use as a workshop/store for my business adventure.

One of the 'terrible twosome' is no longer with us and resides elsewhere.

My mental state has had more downs than ups.

I seem to have lost contact with a very good, if rotund, friend.

I always seem to be permanently skint.

High points.....

I'm still with my soulmate George.

Bramble is still by my side.

The prospect of moving in the early new year seems most likely.

The business adventure is proving to be the right decision to have been made, at the moment that is.

So there you have it, for myself 2017 has been a basically crap year with a feeling of being permanently in limbo, skint, low mentally and it has taken away my father, leaving a huge void within my life. Fortunately the simple basics for a happy life still remain, I have George, Bramble and the likelihood of a fresh start within a new abode on the horizon.

I wish all my readers health and happiness for the forthcoming new year and may the northern gods smile upon you and yours.

John the Gardener.


31 comments:

  1. 2018 has to have more ups than downs mate x

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    1. It bloody well better have m'dear, or I'm putting in a formal complaint!x

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  2. Hi John, just focus on the ups from now on. I lost my father 18 months ago and miss him terribly. This loss is a life lesson I didn’t want to learn. Life just becomes different, don’t let that black dog settle. Hopefully post more in 2018.

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    1. I'm to hear about your loss. and yes it is a life lesson that is very hard to take. Thank you for the kind words and hopefully posting here will indeed improve.

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  3. Sorry about your father John. May your move happen soon, your work continue and George and Bramble continue to offer love and friendship.

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    1. Many thanks Dc, tis the simple things that keep me sane, or as near as sane as I can be ;-)

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  4. December has been a particularly hard month for us. So sorry to hear of the loss of your father, John. Here's hoping 2018 will be better and happier for you!

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    1. I hope that this year will improve life for you Jennifer, thank you for taking the time to comment and for your kind words.

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  5. Your 2017 was like my 2012 John when I lost my parents. Take care and please blog soon, I have missed your posts!

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    1. Tis a Bitch for sure Dave, thank you for the support and hopefully my posts will become more frequent than of late

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  6. I think you are doing well, overall, John. Couple of low points this past cycle, to be sure, and I wish I could have been around to hash some things out over an ale or six.

    Stay busy and trudge on. The sun is coming back and so will you.

    Peace.

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    1. Thank you Casey, a chat and some beers would have been most welcome my good friend.

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  7. So sorry to hear about your father's passing John. I do hope that 2018 brings you good health, happiness and a successful business. x

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  8. Onwards and upwards John xx

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    1. Onward and outwards with my increasing waist line Sam, thank you for dropping by

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  9. I'm sorry to hear of the past years trials and tribulations. I hope the new year will hold better things for you, John.

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    1. As do I Mr. Smythe, thank you for your kind words my good man.

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  10. Good to see a post from you John. Sounds like 2018 may have a better start for you with the upcoming move. All the best to you and George.

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    1. Fingers crossed that it will indeed be a better year Janice, thanks for the kind words m'dear

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  11. So sorry to hear your sad news John - there's a New Year on its way - things will change and get better for you I'm sure. There's an old saying 'one day all this will pass' and it will John - take care xx

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    1. Thank you Trudie, many thanks for your thoughts and reminding me of that saying

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  12. Thought you might have dropped off the earth. Glad to see you're still about. Very sorry about your Dad. It's a hard one. Here's to a better 2018 for you, George, and Bramble. Happy New Year from across the pond.

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    1. Thank you Mark, thought I'd fallen off myself at times! A Happy New Year to you and yours my friend

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  13. Here's hoping 2018 brings better things your way. X

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    1. Thank you Jules, and may I return the good wishes to you and yours

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  14. Sorry to hear about your Father, John. And being in limbo can be the hardest feeling ever. On the bright side, congratulations for surviving in your own endeavor. That is a big accomplishment and should not be minimized.

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    1. Why thank you TB, surviving by finger nails and by the skin of my teeth at the moment with the business but still going. All the best my good man

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  15. All the best John, sorry for the loss of your father and the rough road you have faced. Hope things turn around for you. As long as there is breath in us there is hope

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  16. Started March 2018 and I am thinking of you and wondering how things are going. Hoping the year has had a better start and outcome, so far, as 2017 was a bit of a bugger. Also thinking of your move and your business and what the year has in store for you. Pray you and George are doing well and things are better all in all. We've had our bumps this year already, but have gotten through them and still dealing with some as they are things that are not fixed with a band aid and take a bit of time to work out. Still okay though and hope all will be well for you and that things start to fall into place. Take care. Ranee (MN) USA

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