Wednesday, 30 December 2015


“A person will be called to account on Judgment Day for every permissible thing he might have enjoyed but did not.” – Talmud

As the year is drawing to a close, I thought to compile the “Alphabet of My Year in Review”. This seems to be a good way to summarise all that has transpired this year and something to ready me for the New Year ahead:

A year of achievement,
Borne of, at times, backbreaking labour;
Consistently challenging,
Diligently decisive in my dealings.
Effervescent and evanescent was my year,
Friends old and newly-made, fun-sharing,
Gifts of beauty, both given and received.
Homely and hearth-loving,
I was thankful in the intimacy it gave me.
Jolly and jaunty, often joyous,
Keeping the best till the last few weeks,
Leaving with lustrous, lingering luminance.
Made of macaroons and marzipan,
Nougat and noodles,
Oodles of oranges and oysters.
Perhaps a little paranoid, somewhat philosophical, a touch poetic;
Quixotic, quizzical, quickwitted…
Rushing round, trying to rationalise,
Seeking success, searching for stability.
Trying to exist responsibly, travelling lightly,
Universally accepting, understanding all.
Vigorous, vivacious, very venturesome
Waggish and wistful,
Youthful, though mature;

Zealous, zany, zesty – What a year, the year that was!


  1. Happy New Year Nick. May 2016 see you in good health and bring you more happiness that you deserve love Penny

  2. Great review! Sounds like a good year. All the best for 2016!