Oxford has kept going. Well, obviously, those involved in creating the vaccine have more than kept going! But all staff have kept their part of the University going too - and some. Very proud to be a member of such a remarkable institution.
Closer to home, during what would have been a difficult year without the pandemic, J came up with the idea of a village support network, when lockdown started, which she and others, not least our neighbour TMD, developed to wonderful effect. F & T were so proud of that: https://www.bampton-network.co.uk.
A lot of sandwich lunches at the top of the garden during lockdown. A lot of early morning cycle rides before the Teams meetings and the tapping away in the spare-bedroom office. The Arts and Crafts dining chair has proved surprisingly comfortable!
And it was lovely that I spent more time with T, dozing at my feet, than I could have ever have imagined in his last summer.
But, then, what a terrible year to have lived through. What suffering there has been so far and what suffering there will be to come. I pray that we can rebuild quickly and all help each other.
I wish we'd not left Europe. I remember how proud I was when we joined. How excited. I think Britain has been enriched beyond measure by joining Europe. In terms of Human Rights especially.
But what's done is done and I'm looking to the future.
I'm pleased Trust: A family story is at last finished. I'm really looking forward to writing fiction again.
I'm looking forward to me and J working towards our future together.
I'm looking forward to working with colleagues as we enter a New Year!