Hope everyone is relaxed and ready for the new year ahead.
I, for one, am glad to see the back of 2009 and have decided this is a year for new beginnings. I'm not really one for change and don't embrace it very easily however the last couple of months have changed a lot of things.
After the events of Christmas I wasn't going to go to Newcastle for the cricket tournament but I'm so glad I did. If anything it took the edge off the heartache.
Spending the last 6 days with some of the best 14yr old boys I know has been great. They really are a credit to their parents and a constant source of entertainment whether on or off the field. I just love the camaraderie of the team and how they encourage each other all the way. No stars, all players of the one team. Great kids.
I took these photos of Jye just after he took a wicket. Look at them all gathering around to congratulate him. I love it.
The team came fourth this year which was a great effort considering the weather was crap and against them most of the time.
These photos from Day 1 show how bad the weather had been. The game was supposed to start at 10.00a.m but they didn't get on till 12.30p.m and that was after one of the dads borrowed about 50 towels from the motel to literally sop up the water off the pitch.
Day 2 wasn't much better but the council guy was talked into going around the field on his ride on again and another of the dads scored a whipper snipper and blower from God knows where and the pitch was ready for play.
Thank you all so much for your messages of love, prayers and support whether it be via my blog, email, SMS, phone or any other way. You will never know how much your words meant to me or how comforting they were and I can't thank you all enough.
Today I will pack the Xmas tree and decorations away. It's a job I've always loathed but this time it will be a little healing ceremony. I'll be packing away 2009.
Have a great 2010 everyone.