Thursday 24 December 2009

Christmas Thoughts

I’d like to wish all readers of this blog a happy and peaceful Christmas, and all the very best for 2010 – may it be full of good things for you and your families.

I have very much appreciated the comments people have contributed to this blog since last Christmas. I’ve had the chance to meet a number of you, and that’s been an enormous pleasure, but I’ve also relished the ‘virtual friendships’ spanning the globe, to which participating in online communities give rise. This interaction, and your enthusiasm for the blog, has been very motivating for me in a year that has included many happy moments, as well as some that were more difficult. I’ve not written as much fiction as I meant to this year, especially during the past six months, but writing the blog posts has kept my hand in. And the blog posts will continue during the holiday period.

The weather here in Lymm right now is ‘seasonal’ – a euphemism for very cold. I thought I’d share a few photos from yesterday and set a quick quiz question. The photos show my next-door-but-one neighbour and his son taking advantage of both the snow and the slope of our drive. Suffice to say that he too is active in the arts world – but he is much more famous than me. His name will be revealed tomorrow, but can you guess it in the meantime?


seana graham said...

Well, I blew up the picture, but of course have no clue. Although I look forward to the revelation, more to the point is how nice it is being part of this happy band of occasional commenters on your blog. I've learned much and enjoyed more here and hope to be following this blog for a good while to come.

Merry Christmas, Martin, and to all your followers here as well.

Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

As a silent reader of your blog I take this opportunity to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I look forward to start reading your books next year. Your Lake District series look very interesting to me from what I have read in some other blogs and your posts are quiet interesting to follow.

Philip Amos said...

My very best wishes to you and your family, Martin, for a fine Christmas and, in the New Year, whatever it may be that you wish for yourselves. And my thanks for the pleasure of your blog this past year.

This is way out of my bailiwick, but is the gentleman in the picture the contemporary minstrel and balladeer, Ian Brown?

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I've enjoyed "meeting" you, too, Martin. Hope you have a merry Christmas and a successful, happy 2010.

That's a good deal of snow!

I'm not sure who your mystery neighbor is...I'll be interested to check back in and find out.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Jilly said...

No, sorry, no idea at all so I'll look forward to finding out who it is!
I've read several very good books in the last year because I first heard about them on your blog, so thank you for widening the scope of my reading!
Happy Christmas

Unknown said...

I'm totally clueless. Shall look forward to finding out who your famous neighbour is.

Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

Michael Walters said...

I think I recognise your neighbour, Martin, but I won't give it away (in any case, it might just be, er, fool's gold...). Really good to meet you in 2009 - hope we get chance to meet up again next year either around Manchester or perhaps in Bristol once more. Best wishes to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year.

crimeficreader said...

Wishing you and your family a good Christmas and all the best for 2010.

Sixret said...

Ian Brown?

The way he stands is similar with Ian Brown which is a bit different(unique) than other people.His legs are far apart.But I can't recognize his face because of the cap.

Happy Holiday to you Martin.

Martin Edwards said...

As always, I do appreciate these comments - many thanks to all of you and I hope to hear from you again before too long.
And very well done to those who guessed right!!!