To round off the year, here's a list of the ten gadgets or other items that have made my 2011 better, easier, safer or more fun. They're not in any special order. I wonder if any of them appear in your own top ten...
1 The first decent crop of carrots I've ever harvested: a bit knobbly and whiskery, but tasting wonderful.
2 Setting up an external hard drive after a crash that lost masses of text and pictures, some lost for ever.
3 We both bought silver acupressure rings from Boots (www.goodnightsnoring.com) which have all but eliminated
sn*ring and greatly improved our sleep. But don't tell. Btw, Holland & Barrett do a cheaper version, same
4 Finishing my first children's novel about Millie the Detective and submitting it.
5 Acquiring an iPad.
6 Negotiating a better contract with BT - didn't realise you had to do this annually otherwise a worse contract can
come into play without you knowing.
7 Successfully losing 2 stones weight, thus reaching my target and maintaining it with significant health benefits.
8 Seeing one of my poems published on the internet (www.wtd-magazine.com - What The Dickens magazine), and
another - together with 2 pieces of non-fiction and one drama - in our Writing Buddies anthology Wordfall.
9 In my (large) Christmas stocking, lovely non-slip wellingtons with fleecy lining.
10 Finally clearing most of my 'professional working life' from my den and making a decent amount of desk space for
Happy New Year, everyone!
(Any comments very welcome of course.)