Friday, 26 December 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

A quiet December by my standards, spent sorting our piles of paperwork, filing, plus working on rotas and dairy dates for 2015. Still not finished but it feels a little more organised.

Several Christmas drinks, dinners and a lovely Carol Service at St Magnus the Martyr in the presence of the Alan Yarrow, Lord Mayor of London, we belong to the same Ward Club don't you know!

View from the Gin Joint at the Barbican Arts Centre

My family is very small, so the two of us have a great time sharing the cooking and feasting at Christmas time. Venison Stew, Gressingham Duck, Belly Pork, a special Christmas Custard Tart with spices and fruit. I hasten to add these dishes were served up over several days.

An evening in front of the telly to watch Skyfall and Downton Abbey. Also a great afternoon spent with an elderly neighbour playing Cluedo. None of us had a clue I assure you, but we did laugh a lot!  Only regret is not going for that walk yesterday when it was so sunny.

The first quarter of 2015 is already taking shape and is varied and interesting. My first 'official' outing is to the Press Launch of the 'Transformational Rehang' at the Guildhall Art Gallery on the 15th January.  The Gallery is currently closed for this transformation but will open on 16th January. I will be right up to date for my Guildhall Art Gallery Walk on 24th January. You can book this here.

I also booked to visit the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street on the 15th, so there will be plenty to blog about.

Photograph by Niki Gorick - Barber Surgeons Physic Garden
Roman bastion under furbishment 

The next engagement is at the  Guildhall Library where the Photoset by Niki Gorick of the City of London Guides is on show until end of March. On 22nd January, the second tranche of City Guides will each take a turn to talk about their experiences guiding in the City, I am one of them and at the moment cannot think of anything to say, but when has that stopped me!

I have also been quite diligent with my guiding calendar and have made several offerings to Footprints of London, which you can find here, starting with T S Eliot - The Wasteland Walk on the 17th January.

February is a time of preparation for several private walks and a new ones. Also it is time for another Georgian Dining Academy event at Simpson's Tavern on 26th February. Bookings open

A new Women Through Time Walk is under construction and will take place around Fleet Street area, this will be ready in time for International Women's Day on 8th March the theme this year is 'Make It Happen'.

So that is all from me for now.  THANK YOU for your support and interest throughout 2014 and wish you all a PROSPEROUS & HAPPY 2015.

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