Remember when our Queen had her ‘Annus horribilis’? The year was 1992 and Prince Andrew divorced Fergie after she was caught sucking her boyfriend’s toes, then Diana spilt the beans about Charles & Camilla in her tell-all book, Princess Anne divorced Captain Mark Phillips and to cap it off, Windsor Castle caught fire.

Well, December has been my ‘Mensis Horribilis.’ My daughter had a week in hospital with pneumonia, I got the flu, my diary was annihilated by the snow, my parents house has been ravaged by extensive water damage and I’ve been mucked around and blatantly lied to by commercial property agents during my search for a new showroom.

That said, we are now fit and well and the New Year has got off to a great start thanks to a wonderful stay in the Lake District. The picture I’ve taken below is the view from Orrest Head, above the town of Windermere, which inspired Wainwright to devote his life to walking these fells.

The short but steep climb was the perfect way to walk off a long lunch of black-pudding, pork belly and sticky toffee pudding, washed down with a couple of pints of Tag Lag with a fine malt whiskey and coffee to finish. The venue was the Drunken Duck in Ambleside, pictured below, and I’d also recommend The Punchbowl Inn at Crosthwaite.

It’s now back to work and I’m delighted to say we have moved into new offices at Calls Wharf in Leeds, pictured below.

I’m chuffed to bits with the new set up. The location is awesome and easy for my customers to get to, it’s right by the river, has great feng shui and is the perfect place to base myself in the short term whilst I continue my search for long term premises.

So here’s to a great 2011 for us all. Oh, and I forgot to mention I’ve got another daughter due next month. 🙂

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