Then on to Calgary to visit old friends at their lakeside home. Looking across the lake, the view reminds me of Lowry's matchstick figures, or a traditional Christmas card with hockey-sticked skaters on thick ice where we kayaked two summers ago. Our friends introduced us to the Canadian national sport, something they have already embraced whole heartedly with three boys playing for city teams.
Of course, we immersed ourselves in everything on offer and have found it exhilarating, exciting and above all, fun. Let this new year commence, I say. Please, please do bring it on!
Happy New Year, everyone.