The hands of the clock move forward, inexorably towards the first day of the New year.
I sit in the quiet, listening to the low singing of the kettle on the range, looking forward to toasting this New Year with a cup of tea.
Few people admit to being quietly on their own.
It seems that the flurry of activity around this celebration is something of a competition.
The cities of the world attempting to out do one another in firework displays.
Sales of alcohol being added into the GDP figures…and on and on!
The fact is that there are many more people like myself than any of the media would care to admit…this year especially!
Many people are suffering financial hardship and simply cannot afford to go out so soon after the Christmas festivities.
So, in this time of tranquillity here at Bealtaine Cottage, let me take the opportunity to thank all of you wonderful souls who have visited this sacred little piece of Mother Earth, sent letters, posted presents, made donations, took the time to write some truly beautiful comments and stayed on this journey with me through 2014.
I feel so blessed by you all and in return you have my heartfelt blessings.
May the days ahead be filled with joy and love, peace and compassion, for each and every one of you.
With love and deep gratitude from Colette at Bealtaine Cottage, West Ireland.