And a happy new year to you all as well!


I know people who cannot remember what they were doing last New Year’s Eve. I know people who only remember because they got a photocopy of the police charge sheet which describes their antics in inglorious detail.

For myself I confess I’m not a great celebrator of New Year’s Eve. From memory I think I’ve seen in two (or it might be three) but one of them was by accident.

Some of it is the feeling that I’ve never had a year so bad that I wanted to drown it, some of it was pragmatism. I did the morning milking for over thirty consecutive New Year’s mornings. The sure knowledge that you’re the one who is going to be standing in a milking parlour at 5:30am is the perfect answer to, “Come on Jim, just another glass.”

Not only that but early on I learned the secret of the New Year. It comes in all by itself. When you’re self-employed and working on your own, it’s a real joy to find a job you can delegate to somebody else.

But still, it does seem to be the season for good wishes and maudlin sentimentality.

Thus and so I thought I’d provide the sincere good wishes and leave the maudlin sentimentality to Tallis Steelyard ( who does it so much better than I do. Here is a poem for the season.


The bottles sprawl unheeded

The discarded valiant dead

Their sacrifice accepted

Sobriety has fled

The truth it surfaced briefly

But shrugged and went to bed.

Will you walk again beside me?

Will you tread the path I tread?

The wine it made me wordy

The truth when poured was red

I didn’t mean to speak them

But I meant the words I said.


Still it strikes me that on a day like today, it is time to put those resolutions into practice early. You know, the one you made about reading more. So to help you, I’d recommend



In fact, if this is the season for sentimentality, surely it’d be an excellent idea of buy copies for all your friends as well

Anyway, Happy New Year

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11 thoughts on “And a happy new year to you all as well!

  1. The Story Reading Ape December 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Have a healthy, happy and successful 2019, Jim 👍😎

    • jwebster2 December 31, 2018 at 12:49 pm Reply

      and all the best to you and yours, kind sir 🙂

  2. Annette Rochelle Aben December 31, 2018 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Happy New Year to you, my friend! 🙂

    • jwebster2 December 31, 2018 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Yes, have a good one, and I hope that next year brings you the things you haven’t dared hope for 🙂

  3. patriciaruthsusan December 31, 2018 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Jim Webster and Tallis Steelyard’s thoughts on New Years. Also, a book on offer by Jim Webster.

    • jwebster2 December 31, 2018 at 2:37 pm Reply

      I’m a curmudgeonly old wight really 😉

  4. patriciaruthsusan December 31, 2018 at 3:09 pm Reply

    😀 — Suzanne

  5. Doug December 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm Reply

    All the best JIm, Happy Hogmanay.

  6. M T McGuire December 31, 2018 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Backatcha sir!

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