Monday, December 31, 2007

Should New Acquaintance be Forgot

And so ends 2007, the year in which I started this blog and made so many wonderful new friends out there in cyberspace. You have all enriched my life in so many ways. You've challenged my mind with your posts, you've helped me with my tech problems, you've taught me so much about your different worlds, you've entertained me with your humour. Some of you have shared your poetry and stories and your beautiful paintings and photographs. You've welcomed me into your lives and shared your innermost thoughts and I am grateful to each and every one of you.

I wish you all health, happiness and prosperity for 2008 and being half Scottish, I'll close with the words of Rabbie Burns in Auld Lang Syne and make a toast (non-alcoholic, of course) to you all.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

or for the linguistically challenged English speakers

And there is a hand, my trusty friend!
And give me a hand of yours!
And we will take a right good-will drink,
For old long past.

Eddi Reader, Scottish singer/songwriter, in a very different version of Auld Lang Syne

NB: Words and translation from the World Burns Club


Chrysalis Angel said...

That was a beautiful post to end one year, and enter into another. I'm thankful too, for so many of you I've met. You are a very special one. Happy New Year JMB!

CRIZ LAI said...

Thanks for being around always during 2007. Happy 2008 and may your life be filled with lots of love, joy, happiness, health, wealth and success for the new year and many years to come.

Shades said...

Best wishes for 2008

Carver said...


I am so grateful to have gotten to know you through your blog. I always enjoy visiting here and appreciate your thoughtful comments. Eddi Reader's version of Auld Lang Syne is beautiful. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy, and interesting new year. As ever, Carver

Anonymous said...

Hope to get to know you in 2008!
Happy New Year to You.

Ellee Seymour said...

Happy New Year wishes to you, I hope all your dreams come too and you are blessed with good health and happiness.

jams o donnell said...

Here's to a happy New Year jmb!

thrivingat30 said...

Happy New Year to you as well! Your Westie picture brought me here...he/she looks a lot like ours! Ours is almost six years old and is named Buster.

Janice Thomson said...

The very best to you in 2008 Jmb.
This was a lovely post to end the year. Looking forward to reading you next year too.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Buon anno a te, cara jmb.

MedStudentWife said...

Happy 2008, JMB. All the best to you and your family !!

Ian said...

Hi jmb,

Glad I got know you through your blog posts.
I hope 2008 will be a great year for you.

Donnetta Lee said...

Happy, happy New Year, jmb! Good things are coming this year. I can just feel it!

The Laundress said...

Happy New Year JMB!

Thank you for blogging -- and thank you most recently for sharing that lovely "Auld Lang Syne" music clip. Beautiful!

Dreaming again said...

Happy New Year to you Joan!

Sean Jeating said...

Happy New Year, jmb! And all the best for the next 366 days. Sláinte. :)

ipanema said...

A great and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

Have a meaningful one! :)

Kahshe Cottager said...

Hello ... I just popped over from Rositta's blog because I saw your little Westie avatar! I have Cairn terriers - one is wheaten and often has that same expression on her face so I just had to follow the link!

Happy New Year to you!!!

Liz said...

And a very happy New Year to you too, jmb. It has been lovely to get to know you during this year, and I look forward to reading more and learning more in 2008.

Phil A said...

Here's to 2008. May it be better than 2007.

Love Bears All Things said...

And the same to you, girl!
Mama Bear

lady macleod said...

A joyous New Year to you my friend, and to the scientist-guy as well!

Gledwood said...

When you mentioned a "toast, nonalcoholic, of course"... for some reason I believed you were speaking of a slice of toast... don't ask me why! Probably too MUCH alcohol on my own part tonight

(actually I jest with you. I have cut down my own drinking. Have not had one today since this afternoon and it's close on 11pm now)...

Hope 2008 Brings In All the Best Things To You!

Ian Lidster said...

And at the end of the day, 'a man's a man for a' that.'
Blessings fo 2008 to you my wise friend. I'm a quarter Scot, so I can do it too.

jmb said...

Thanks to all who came by to visit this post and leave New Year wishes and greetings.
For once I am not answering you individually but I do hope that everything you wish for yourselves and others for 2008 will be realized.

Ellee Seymour said...

I hope you enjoyed your New Year break.

Eurodog said...

Hello, jmb and a Happy New Year to you. I hope we will continue our intellectual and sometime not so intellectual exchanges.
Yes, Xmas is for children and I have just taken my nephew and nieces to the Eurostar back to London. It was fun to have them.
Life has resumed its normality after a lot of eating and drinking.
Anyway, please have a look at my latest post. I think you might be interested in reading the book. I have just ordered it today. Do you know it?

leslie said...

Sorry to be a bit late, but just wanted to pop in and wish you a Happy New Year. J came home yesterday but is in a lot of pain still. But she's resting now and will get the stitches out next week. It will just take time. So Happy New Year, jmb, and let's hope it's a good one for all.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Happy New Year, wishing you a very healthy and prosperous 2008.

jmb said...

Hi Ellee,
I did for my daughter was here with her family. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas season too.

Hi Eurodog,
Happy New Year to you too. It's a pleasure to have met you this past year and I will be interested to read that book you recommend.

Hi Leslie,
Well you have been very preoccupied this season. I do hope all goes well for your daughter and this is the end of it.

Hi Anne,
A Happy New Year to you also. May it bring you all that you wish for.

Thanks to you all for your good wishes and for visiting and leaving a comment.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Enjoyed the video and that version of Auld Lang Syne very much. Thanks.

Colin Campbell said...

Well I am all Scottish. I love it when strong Scottish accents are subtitled. Happy New Year to you JMB.