Wishing you all a very happy Hogmanay and a prosperous new year. “Lang may your lum reek” is a traditional Scottish greeting for this time of year, which translated means long may your chimney smell, or rather, may your fire always have fuel. Clearly this is important in the freezing north but in this day and age of central heating it takes on more of a metaphorical meaning. So as we huddle around the wood burner with our nearest and dearest tonight it is surely about more than being literally warm. Warmth is found in friendships and relationships and so my resolution for 2017 is to put more fuel into these fires; to make more effort to show those who matter that they do, through the small things that can be easily forgotten when time and resources are stretched. I think it is about those little acts of kindness that meet our basic needs as much as the grand gestures that society seems to favour these days. So to all my readers, I wish you well and thank you for the warm welcome I have had to WordPress since putting pen to paper back at the end of July. Lang may yer lums reek!
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