Always on this last day of the year, we look back and recall the many things that we had encountered.
January – a year ago, we spent the last day 2017 in Oslo after our cruise up the Norwegian coast to the Arctic. We got back to Oslo in time to welcome in 2018.
After almost three weeks of travelling through Scandinavia, we were only too happy to arrive in Dusseldorf – our German “hometown” – to see friends and have a little rest before we headed home to London.
February saw us getting back into some daily routines, and one morning when Mum and George were at Juice Baby for her daily breakfast …
I turned 7 at the end of February – and we had an Afternoon Tea party for my friends.
March was white! White! White!
Our friend Dante had moved to Rye and been telling us we must come and see this pretty town – and so we did.
But soon after Mum was off to Koh Samui to see Little Tyke and Mini Tyke –
April was another big travel month for Mum’s birthday – and her wish to show me one of her favourite places – no, not Paris …
The next day we were on another long train journey to Milano!
We left George with his human BFF, Victoria in Milan while Mum and I took another train to Venice on her birthday. She had always wanted to take me there – partly to relive her memories and to recreate new ones with me – that’s what she said every time we go to a place she has been before.
and had lunch at Harry’s Bar
before we went on the gondola.
The month of May was not only my 7th Gotcha Day (16 May)
It was the beginning of the Summer of Love!
But it was also the month when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married!
June saw new members added to our extended family – Lucky and Polo became Little Tyke and Mini Tyke’s dogs.
And in East Malaysia, we have six new cousins!!!!
There were several movie premieres to go to –
July was the World Cup – it was all about ENGLAND and football!!!!
It was starting to be a dilemma: if England ended up in the finals, it would be the day we arrived in St. Tropez – and would be a bit difficult if we played France. Unfortunately England didn’t make it to the finals and it ended up being the day France won the World Cup!
As we left the south of France, we made a stop at Lisieux in the north coast.
The next morning we went into Honfleur to check out this lovely town.
Back in the country, the summer was raging hot, hot, hot – and so happy to take some days off and we went to visit Hebe in Dorset.
August is Little Tyke’s birthday and off Mummy went to celebrate his 8th birthday as wells to meet Lucky and Polo. She now has four reasons to visit Ko Samui. This was thankfully a quick trip.
September came along and there was a friend’s birthday party in Dusseldorf! I was also invited but to only one of the two parties. 🙁
After all the partying, we didn’t come home but flew to Helsinki instead
And while we were there, Mum had wanted to sail to St Petersburg but she couldn’t figure out how dogs would work with the 72 hour visa. Instead we went to Estonia …
But there were still so many places in the UK to visit – and one that had intrigued us is the Isle of Wight – because we know a few cockapoos on the island! So soon after we returned from Finland, we took a trip with Barnaby, Freddie and Oscar …
But we weren’t done yet with beaches – especially with the hot weather …
We sure went to a lot of places but September is always a happening month.
It was also London Fashion Week and we met Victoria Beckham – quite unexpectedly!
October brought us another surprise!
But there was something important we had to do in October.
And rather unexpectedly, Mum said I would be going to St Tropez again – this time with Marley and Yaena only. Mum was off to Koh Samui again and George got to go to the House of Mutt! This time she was gone for a long while!
As the year rolled on and November came along, we had lots of plans before all the Christmas celebrations began …
November always means wearing poppies and this year, it was giving thanks to all those who sacrificed their lives in the First Great War.
December is Christmas! December arrived very quickly – and we’ve had a blast this year doing so many things with our friends.
After an eventful year, I guess that’s why Mum wanted some down time for ua.
This had been a year when we met sooooo many new friends and we did so much together. It would take us forever to mention all of them but we wanted to say thank you to those who came a long way to see us …
But some friends we met briefly and then Chelsea and Isla left for Singapore – and we look forward to their return.
But during the course of the year, we also said goodbye to some very dear friends …
May’s comment: New Year’s Eve is always a time of reflection of the year past. In our busy lives, we often forget all the the things we’ve been blessed with and the things that took place in the last 365 days. It is a good thing to look back to count our blessings, be thankful and help to set our priorities.
2018 brought us many new friends, new experiences, many new opportunities and lots of fun times.
Who knew Darcy would become such a “beach babe.” I think what’s more surprising is how relaxed I am when she goes chest deep in the water and then decide to roll around in the sand. Her reputation of being the greediest dog ever precedes her! She has an insatiable appetite! And even though she appears to be aloof most of the time, I know she loves me more than anyone else, misses me like crazy when I am away and will cuddle up every morning before the day began. She is very much my dog!
George’s year was plagued with issues! He began the year being sick almost every night for two months before I finally found a way to help him – gave him more food! Consequently, he put on quite a bit of weight, including Darcy. I lessened the amount and gave him some milk before bedtime which helped to solve his problem. His luxating patella persisted, he still hates riding in cars, he came back from stay away with conjunctivitis and he managed to tear his CCL – but he’s a tough little guy who just gets on with life. Maybe a tad too much. He had become vocal with things he didn’t care for – trucks, buses, vans and motorbikes. We live in a big city so it was a bit tedious walking with him on the streets! At home, he cannot be any sweeter – the most loving, attention seeking little boy.
We’re looking forward to 2019. Our New Year’s mindfulness – to be grateful, to always look at a glass half full and enjoy the moments.
Thank you to all of you for reading our stories every day of this year. Your comments mean a lot to us – even though we don’t reply to all of them. We hope you will continue to journey with us again in 2019. But for tonight, wherever you are, we wish you a magical HAPPY NEW YEAR!