Thursday, 31 December 2015

Round Robin 2015


I detest Round Robin letters......for all of the reasons we all do, but for once I shall use the format for a backdrop of a personal review of 2015....it's been a red letter year.

We got married in March!
Yes married...........how wonderful was that? In barely a generation, attitudes to gay marriage somersaulted from the prejudice and ignorance of the 1970s and 80's to, if not a total normality,an adjustment and " oh , was that it?" acceptance of the "teens"
The Prof and I were overwhelmed by the messages and cards and gifts we received. We had not expected the reaction, in that strange unconscious way that we didn't kind of deserve it. Weddings were for straight couples and not middle aged poofs like us, and peoples' thoughtfulness and kindness touched us deeply.
Our families and close friends joined together for the first time and we had the best day ever.
I have the ring to prove it too!

The " Doctor" worked hard as he always does and in 2015 he became a Professor. With a promotion came huge responsibilities within the University and I am aware that this change will ultimately take us away to pastures new in the future.
Successful academics always move on to new challenges and greener fields after a while and as Hilda Ogden always said on Coronation Street " The World's your lobster"...
I shall embrace the change when it comes

We experienced the best holiday ever in Australia, ( I still marvel at the memory of the giant fruit bats circling the Opera House at night) and met up with dear old friends who had fat comical kookaburras waddling about on their garden fence.

The  Trelawnyd Flower Show remains the last village event of any note and the 2015 show was the " best ever" ( well according to 96 year old Auntie Glad) ......The Show had bunting for the first time too as well as the new tradition of the " International Novelty Vegetable " class...which has caught the public's imagination somewhat....

My dear old co pilot Meg died in 2015, and her absence broke my heart more than I could ever express, but I am thankful that my other "children" filled the void of her constant neediness and
demanding ways. An old bulldog bitch with dubious sexual habits, a new puppy, old retainers George and William and wide eyed Albert, with their constant motion and drama the cottage is never a sombre silent place.....and that's how I like it.

The holes that were left were filled with zombies, scotch eggs, livestock and village life, sporadic babysitting, Samaritan work and the occassional nursing shift. Oh and with blogging, which has been a daily constant of a pretty " uneventful " existence ........all in all it's been a blast

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE WHO VISITS GOING GENTLY

Hey ho



133 comments:

  1. I'd hardly call that uneventful....quite the opposite in fact. You've had a pretty wonderful year, John, other than losing Meg. May you have another, equally as wonderful, next year. I shall continue to read with interest, you almost never fail to put a smile on my face.

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  2. Thanks John for a year of shit and fun and the occasional slap on the wrist. Rachelxxx

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  3. It's been a wonderful year for you.... you lucky bastard.

    Happy New Year to you and the gang.

    PS: The fruit bats will need to move quick tonight before they get blasted by the NYE fireworks in a few hours.

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  4. Happy New Year to you, John!

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  5. A wonderful year m'thinks and a more deserving man I cannot think of. An extremely happy and wonderful New Year to all within your home my friend.

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  6. A year of celebrations, goodbyes and hellos. Thanks John. I've enjoyed the journey with you all.

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  7. It's been lovely reading your blog this year.
    Happy New Year to you all.

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  8. weddings are for EVERYONE!

    "the memory of the giant fruit bats circling the Opera House" - were they named eric? and did they have fruit bat licenses? (an old monty python sketch with cleese and palin)

    HNY 2016 to all in the little village!

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  9. A wedding is one's welcome into the community, as a couple. Just look at the community which has formed around 'youse guys'.

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  10. It has indeed been a busy year! Happy New Year to both of you. :)

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  11. A pretty darn good year for the most part me thinks!! Here's to a great one in 2016!

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  12. Love readng your blog. It really makes me snigger in a sort of "Carry On" film kind of way. All the very best to you both for The New Year.

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  13. Love readng your blog. It really makes me snigger in a sort of "Carry On" film kind of way. All the very best to you both for The New Year.

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  14. And a very Happy New Year to you both!
    Cheers Peter

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  15. Me too, and Happy New Year to all of you. Is that the two Ronnies above?

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  16. Happy New Year! Those fruit bats will steer clear of the Harbour Bridge tonight - Too many fireworks !

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  17. The greatest blast of all that you have been kind enough to share it with us! Happy New Year to you and Chris!

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  18. Thank you for sharing your ups and downs with us. I have spat so much coffee over my keyboard while laughing at your blog and had a few sniffles too. Have a brilliant 2016 x

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  19. Oh John love. You brought a lump to my throat with your comment about poofs. When people stop labelling one another there might just be a whole new era of kindness. Love is love and that is all any of us need.... well that and a few bags of crisps. Thanks for sharing the past year with us all. We look forward to sharing 2016 with you. xxx

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  20. And I have enjoyed every minute of it ... not to mention that it filled a void for me too.
    Wishing you Everything Good and Happy in the 2016 .

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  21. I am so tempted to print out every single blog post you have written and have them bound for a little happy reading before bed, with coffee or just for a perk-me-up moment! you are such a good story teller! Thanks in advance for chapter 2016!!

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  22. Happy new year John and Prof. Where ever you are in 2016 I wish for it to be the best ever.

    Sol xx

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  23. And a very happy new year to all of you, too!

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  24. Happy New Year to you John and the Prof and all your lovely beasties....

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  25. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Healthy 2016. I can't wait to read about what you get up to!!! x

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  26. Wishing you both a fantastic 2016 - but I can't help but hope it will be spent in Trelawnyd and not elsewhere. The village wouldn't be the same without you and the animals - and you wouldn't be the same without the village and your lovely cottage.

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  27. Happy New Years to you and yours!
    Thanks for the recap, it has been a fun and eventful year. Your blog is at the top of my daily reading list.

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  28. When I first read your wonderful blog a few weeks ago, I immediately book marked it and moved it to my read everyday group. To quote Monty Python, it's like a stream of bat piss; a ray of gold where all around is dark (at work). Thank you for letting me in.

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  29. Happy New Year, John and Chris! xx

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  30. And a very Happy New Year to you and yours

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  31. Happy New Year to you and the Prof - an infrequent commenter but a regular reader, I love your tales of village life and animal husbandry and your very profound reflections on life, love and friendship. May 2016 be another good year for you and yours.

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  32. I do believe that 2015 was the year I found you. Perhaps not. Anyway, I am grateful I did, knowing somehow that in some way there is a couple on the other side of the pond who's life together reflects somewhat the life I live here with my own husband.
    Let there be light and love everywhere for all of us. And snuggles and flowers and good food and good people and daily chores and all of that which makes life so very interesting, even in its daily sameness.

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  33. You have given us cheers, tears and many laughs. A very Happy New Year to you, Chris, your families both human and animal.

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  34. You have given us cheers, tears and many laughs. A very Happy New Year to you, Chris, your families both human and animal.

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  35. If it's a tall order to expect 2016 to top this outgoing year, I'm sure you'll try your best.
    HNY to you, the hubby - and ALL the little 'uns.

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  36. Happy new year to you and everyone you love. How wonderful your world is mundane enough to include all of us.

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  37. Thanks for this year's entertainment - may 2016 be just as eventful!
    Best wishes for the new year to you both.

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  38. Cant wait for 2016 and more Going Gently. Happy Hogmanay.

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  39. Happy new year! Congrats on a (mostly) banner year and I am happy to have found you in 2015. I confess I resist the thought of you moving from that idyllic village you write about, but I take the example to heart of embracing change when it comes. May you have as blessed a 2016!

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  40. Happy New Year, John! Thank you for bringing your unique perspective to blogland, and being so consistent! Looking forward to reading you in 2016. Cheers!

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  41. Best wishes for the coming year.

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  42. Happy New Year to you and yours John, thank you for sharing your exciting life with us. I look forward to your posts, my favourite blogger.

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  43. Happy New Year John and Chris, William and George, Winnie and Mary and dear dear Albert. May 2016 bring more joy than sorrow.

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  44. Happy new year to you and Professor! Thank you for sharing your world!

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  45. Hope 2016 is as full of adventures as 2015 was - keep blogging

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  46. Happy New Year John, Prof and the menagerie. Thanks for bringing a year in a Welsh village to all of us scattered across the planet. . . . . . the daily life, the mundane, the cozy moments, the over the top exciting ones, and all with a giggle, a choke, sometimes a snort, and most of the time raucous laughter - hope you heard it in the air!!!!
    BTW - I wish the same good year ahead to all your amazing Followers too - a bunch of marvelous bloggers.
    Here's to 2016 - please keep the posts coming!
    Mary

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  47. You did have one special year, John, and we all grieved with you on Meg's passing. Thanks for sharing your less than mundane life!

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  48. It has been a mixed year, I have laughed and cried with you, been tickled pink at the Doctor morphing into a Prof and was so happy to see you married. I wish you all a healthy and joyous new year.

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  49. Happy New Year from San Diego, CA and me!

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  50. Wow! 2015 was definitely a 'Red Letter' year for the two of you. I am hoping that 2016 offer you more love, blessings and joy.

    It sounds like the horizon offers abundant opportunities.

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  51. John, your blog is the first thing I read every morning - thanks for allowing me a peak into your world - absolutely love it. Wishing you and the Prof an exciting, memorable journey through 2016. Happy New Year.

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  52. John, your blog is the first thing I read every morning - thanks for allowing me a peak into your world - absolutely love it. Wishing you and the Prof an exciting, memorable journey through 2016. Happy New Year.

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  53. Wishing you and your entire family a wonderful 2016. Looking forward to more tales from your uneventful life in a Welsh village. Cheers!

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  54. I raise my coffee cup to you, John and the Professor, and wish for you and yours the best of new years! Carry on!

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  55. And (yes, I know you shouldn't start a sentence with 'and')a very happy New Year to you too. :)

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  56. Happy New Year to you both and congrats once more. Now you guys have an anniversary to futz around with like all of us other middle aged couples..!

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  57. Thank you for all the peeks into your lovely life, your stories have made me marvel at how one person can make such a difference. I have laughed, cried and celebrated your milestones. Wishing you and the Professor all the very best in 2016.
    ~Jo

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  58. Thanks for all the laughter, and some tears. May 2016 be the happiest of years for you all.

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  59. Wishing you and the Prof many happy years together and may 2016 be fulfilling, peaceful and full of contentment & joy. God bless

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  60. May next year be as happy for you and the Professor as this one was. Happy New Year, John.

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  61. Looking forward to many more escapades - happy new year to you and your menagerie.

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  62. Happy New Year, John, to you and yours!! xo

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  63. It's my pleasure to know you.

    Happy New Year, y'all.

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  64. Happy New Year to you dear John, and The Prof. and all the gorgeous animals. I love your blog posts! Looking forward to another year hearing about all your exploits. XX

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  65. Thankyou for making me laugh, and occasionally cry.
    A very happy new year to everyone.

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  66. John, your blog is always a delight to read and it's obvious that you've won the hearts of many.

    I'm also delighted to know that my blog gave you a chortle or two.

    I hope you, the Prof., and the "kids" have a wonderful new year.

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  67. Happy new year to all of you over there & I hope it is all you wish for!

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  68. Best wishes John and Chris for 2016 and for your extended animal family - your real life blogs are amazing - take care - Jane and Bluey xx

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  69. All the best in 2016 to all of you! Thank you for sharing your life with us and making us smile or shed a tear.

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  70. May yall have a great 2000 Sixteen :)

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  71. Nice to read a round up of your eventful year John - it really has been a red letter one for you both hasn't it.
    All the best for the next year - and if you move then a job for the Prof in York or Newcastle would suit me fine!!

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  72. What a lovely year you have both had John ....... your wedding being the highlight I would think.
    Wishing you and Chris a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year filled with fanny cloths, a new pair of slippers of sex and copious amounts of bleach !!! Much love to you both. XXXX

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  73. Happy New Year to you all and remember to wear lots of red this year.

    cheers, gayle and thehamish

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  74. and this year i have a wedding to look forward to. my son is getting married! a happy new year to you john and i am grateful for your blog which brings happiness and smiles to me every day! joyce

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  75. Happy New Year to you and to Chris and to the furry family members too! 2015 will be hard to top for you, but I hope 2016 is wonderful!

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  76. Happy new year, John

    Lizzy

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  77. Happy New Year to both of you and all your little critters. Not forgetting Auntie Glad and all those lovely folks in Trlawnyd xx

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  78. A very, very happy New Year to you, and everyone in your heart.

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  79. Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you and Chris too.

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  80. Happy New Year to you and Chris and the children. Thanks for sharing your year with us it always, gives us a smile and usually a good laugh too. Twiggy and co xxx

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  81. Well, it's into the shank of the evening over there, hope you and Chris have an excellent time, and a great upcoming year.
    Mike

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  82. Happiest of New Years to you both

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  83. May 2016 bring many unexpected delights to you and yours!

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  84. And a Happy New Year, with its joys and challenges, to you two too! We're into New Year's Day here in Wellington, New Zealand, already the temperature is 21 and it promises to get higher. We'll help with a sausage sizzle for the inner city people who have none of their usual sources of food available today, visit friends, walk along the Bay, or in the bush if it's just too hot. Does a summer New Year sound a strange to you as storms and winter cold do to us?
    Thank you for sharing your Welsh village life with us.

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  85. You have a way with words like no other. So very happy for so much joy (and tragedy too) in 2015.

    Onward to 1016. It can only get better.

    XO
    WWW

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  86. A most heart felt Happy New Year! May joy and happiness come to you and your wonderful family in 2016!

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  87. We love you! Happy New Year. X

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  88. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR BEST WISHES, LOYALTY AND TIME
    I HOPE 2016 WILL BE A LOVELY, PEACEFUL AND YAPPY YEAR
    XXXX

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  89. Lol I HAVE PUPPY YAPPING ON THE BRAIN
    I MEAN HAPPY X

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    1. I rather fancied "yappy"

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  90. Again, happy new year and thank you John.

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  91. Happy New Year John. Thank you for all the entertaining tales in 2015. Wishing you, the Prof and the varmits all good things in 2016.

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  92. Happy New Year to you both -wishing lots of lots of love ,laughter and good health for 2016 -love you loads Jan Ned Jess Ozzy and madge xx

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    1. Love you right back
      Prof, winnie,mary, William, albert, George, slyvia, Irene, and the geese

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  93. A very happy New Year to you all at Going Gently. From all of us over here as it snows. P.S. Weddings are for everyone - love is love! :) xx

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  94. Happy New Year my lovely, to you and your magnificently moustachioed husband (and menagerie). May your new year be full of joy, health, success and happiness. xx

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    1. Rthank you all....off to bed 23.23 pm hey ho

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  95. Hope the new year brings even more happiness for you and Chris and your sweet menagerie.

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  96. Happy happy happiest New Year to you my dear old friend. Thanks for the Facebook message, I have sent you a friend request. 2015 has indeed been a cracker of a year, here's hoping for more of the same in 2016!

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    1. You are my ldest follower old gal thank you

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  97. Ahhhh....you think you are living the quiet life, but to those of us on the outside, it is nothing short of perfect perfection. Wishing you, and yours, a wonderful 2016!

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  98. Thanks for sharing your lives. It takes me away from the difficulties of mine some days. Many wishes for the happiest of 2016 to you and yours.

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  99. A very happy New Year to you ,the proff and all your fellow residents. Every year has it's ups and downs but i think you have weathered it well and the ups were more abundant! And you managed a bit of peacekeeping too !!

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  100. A very happy New Year to you ,the proff and all your fellow residents. Every year has it's ups and downs but i think you have weathered it well and the ups were more abundant! And you managed a bit of peacekeeping too !!

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  101. Extending my best wishes to you, your husband and all the children, hoping your 2016 will even be more smashing for all of you than this year we are waving good bye, and thank you for reminding me to dance more often in the rain.

    Allegra

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  102. Happy New Year, John. Looking forward to seeing 2016 through your eyes.

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  103. hey ho john.
    and happy new year to you and the prof!
    i agree with shawn.
    you're definitely a keeper.

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  104. Here's hoping that whatever changes you have to adapt to in 2016, everything will work out and you'll still be sure the world is your lobster.

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  105. Happy new year John @

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  106. Happy New Year to you and the Prof John, much love to all your lovely critters who have helped keep me entertained in the last year. I am sure when things start to move on for you and the Prof you will go with great aplomb and make the most of everything, scotch egg in one hand and feather duster in the other. I love reading and love living vicariously through you...Love and best wishes for a fruitful 2016.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  107. I'm wondering if that 'new pastures' might include Australia? Cheap flights between Sydney and Jo and Me! Love your round up of your year. What a cracker you've had! oooxooo

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  108. Happy New Year to you both, and thank you for bringing a smile to my face most days.

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  109. wishing you a very happy new year with all that it brings xx

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  110. Happy New Year to you, Chris and the menagerie. I love reading a blog by someone who has such an affinity with animals. ...and people! xxx

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  111. Thank you for sharing your wonderfully charming and fascinating "uneventful existence." You bring so much joy, enlightenment, compassion, and humour to my world (and maybe just a few too many Scotch eggs and zombies).

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  112. Never Dull and Boring at yours! I think the plural of 'poofs' would be 'pooves'! Happy New Year to You and Yours. x

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  113. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, including those wearing fur or feathers! The neighbor's notion of a TV series is excellent (but better insert choice of casting in your contract); however, one suspects your followers would settle for a calendar. (My favorite head shot is you in the chicken beanie.)

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  114. A fabulous year and here's to a beautiful new one!!

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  115. Happy New Year to all of you John, and I look forward to reading more of your great blog, you always brighten my day.

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  116. Happy new year John, I hope 2016 is kind to you. X

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  117. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you, Chris, and the Gang a wonderful 2016! xx

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  118. Wishing you and Chris the best year yet, John. Deb

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  119. Hope your New Year is happy healthy and wise, with a few funny bits thrown in. x

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  120. Loved reading this! Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones, John!

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  123. I really love your blog. It's the one I look forward to the most everyday. Thank you for sharing your life with us around the globe. :)

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