It's to be a very happy new year, with no more getting up for school - 25 years as a teacher and time to hang up my mortar board. Finally time to leave school! All this is helped along by the knowledge that I am capable of writing a novel... a totally unanticipated string to my bow. I have a slew of paintings to do, at least 2 books in the pipeline and a couple of properties needing a revamp so this should keep me out of mischief. So, as I sit here in my last days in Thailand, listening to all the primitive sounding fire crackers going off, I am glad to be inside.