It has become a bit of a tradition for the Coon family to go away at New Year. Usually we head off to the west coast of Scotland but now that we actually live there, it’s more fun to go somewhere else. This year, we also liked the idea of going south so that we could meet up with friends and family. We found a cottage miles up a valley in deepest Yorkshire and Emily and Richard joined us there. John’s sister and brother-in-law Kathleen and Nicholas joined us for a couple of days, and at New Year, Richard’s folks Sharon and Steve arrived. We were fortunate to have lovely weather, cold and crisp and sunny and so we went for some delightful walks. In the evenings we made use of the games room where there was table tennis, snooker and darts, or did jigsaws or played scrabble. It was very relaxing after the mad rush to get things ready for Christmas.
John, Emily and Richard started their training for the Carnethy hill race in February. When you have completed 21 races, you are presented with a quaich and this is John’s target. 2009 would be his 20th year so our trip to Australia couldn’t take place until after that. Flights were booked for the Monday! Lack of training meant that times weren’t fantastic but they all enjoyed it.
We used the time between New Year and Carnethy to finish off the jobs that had been rushed for Christmas and to do a bit of homework about the places we were going to.