Ten years ago, on the 31st December 2004, Shazza and I went out on our first date !! We had gone out with a group of our neighbours, from the small Lincolnshire village that we both lived in at the time, to celebrate New Year at our local village pub. We didn’t tell our fellow revellers that that evening was more than just a bit of festive cheer, well you know what gossip is like in small villages ? That first date must have gone well as we got married on 31st March 2007, but we left the village in the April, straight after the honeymoon, to move further South, both of us with work promotions and because I then needed to be closer to London. However, even at that time, neither of us could have ever, in our wildest imaginations, have believed that just six and a half short years after that, that we would have given up two very well paid careers, well ahead of normal retirement age, sold a very nice four-bedroomed house in Wiltshire, sold all our furniture, and I do mean all, and have ‘chosen‘ to live in what in reality is nothing more than a plastic box on wheels. As we approach another New Year, our 10th Anniversary of that ‘Date Night’, it is hard to believe that we have now been living in that Plastic Box on wheels for fifteen months and will be celebrating, under a Moroccan sky, the end of one amazing year and looking forward to the start of yet another. There will be one quite significant change in the coming year, Stacey, my eldest daughter, will, after many years of hard work, have completed her PhD, we are both so very proud of her, but it’s a bitter-sweet pill as she has already been offered, and accepted, a very good job, but it is in Australia and she takes up her new position in April next year !! So when we return to the UK in March, before we commence our second seasons duties as Elf & Elfette, we must say farewell to her until we get the chance to see her again at some point in the future.
I find that the New Year Eve period can be a bit poignant, whilst it is a time to reflect on what has passed, more importantly it is a time of ‘excitement’, for none of us really knows what will happen in the forthcoming twelve months, events that may have an impact on our lives. Yes, we can make plans and there are certain events that we know will happen, birthdays etc. but it is the ‘unknown’ that can make a year a good one or a not so good one, so to everyone who reads this blog, our family, friends, fellow Motorhomers and the thousands of you from all over the World who I don’t know but who read my ramblings, I thank you all and hope sincerely that your ‘unknowns‘ will bring you a safe, healthy and Very Happy New Year !!