Goodbye 2016

Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear.

It’s not been a good year, has it?

I’m not going to mention politics. I try to avoid that topic as much as possible on my social media accounts. I have beliefs about what went right and wrong this year, but I also respect that other people might have opposing views. In the event of confrontation, I walk away.

The non-political things that affected me this year were the deaths of so many of the celebrities I’ve grown up with.

Here are a few that really made me sad:

  • David Bowie – I saw him in concert a long time ago. It was the Earthling tour, where he’d said he would sing any of his previous songs. But, in the encore, he sang several – including Under Pressure, which is one of my favourites. I was so happy.
  • Alan Rickman – the man with the most incredible voice. Colonel Brandon, Metatron, Harry (can you name this film?), and of course, Snape.
  • Terry Wogan – the sarcastic voice of Eurovision and the host of Children in Need. When I twelve or thirteen, part of my writing dream was to appear on his evening chat show to talk about my latest best seller.
  • Ronnie Corbett – I grew up with The Two Ronnies on the telly, the background to Sunday evenings for many years.
  • Victoria Wood – a Northern lass, a great comedian, and writer of one of the best sit-coms ever, dinnerladies.

I suppose, though, they’re never truly gone. I’ll be able to listen to their albums and watch their films and TV programmes far into the future. And, at some point, I may be able to do so without a tear in my eye.

Updated: I wrote this post on 23 December – since then, I’ve updated three times as  Carrie Fisher had a heart attack, and subsequently died, and Rick Parfitt and George Michael have both gone too. My childhood was filled with every single person I’ve mentioned in this post, I have such strong memories linked to them all. To be honest, I’m struggling right now – I suppose this is part of why I’m a writer, it helps me make sense of the nonsensical…

Okay, deep breath… here’s some happier stuff…

In a year such as this, I think it’s important to remember the simple things, those small good things that happened which, in another year, are the things that might pass by completely unnoticed or taken for granted.

It was a warm, dry summer this year. I wore sandals for months, I didn’t have to wear a jacket or carry an umbrella apart from a few rare days, and I got a tan on my feet (but not my legs, they refuse!)

wp_20150616_11_04_46_proSome people won’t remember it – they tend to only recall the bad weather, whereas I make sure I appreciate the good. If you ever watch me walking my dog, I’m often staring across the river or up into the beautiful clear sky.

We bought new garden furniture and spent a lot of time using it – eating outside, writing, barbecues. We’d spent the previous year demolishing a garage, building a wall and laying new paving slabs, so it was great to not have anything to do but enjoy it.

We went to the beach, to the moors. On evenings when I was working, I walked home with the sun on my back. We visited the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, my sister had a baby, my eldest grew taller than me, and my vignette collection, You. I. Us., was published.


I wish you all a very happy New Year. I’m thankful 2016 is finally over, and hope to make 2017 fantastic!

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Has 2016 affected you?  Or did you have a good year?




29 thoughts on “Goodbye 2016

  1. Excellent reminder that when we look back, it should be at all of it, the good and the not so good.

    We recently watched Die Hard and the first Harry Potter movie again, and Alan Rickman is awesome every single time.


  2. I want Alan Rickman back :(. I hope in 2017 we are feisty and bold and badass. I hope we become kinder to one another but less tolerant of lies, demeaning language and abuse.


  3. always sad to reflect on the talent lost each year. 2016 was a bit of a mess, and who knows what shall happen in 2017. It seems like it just rolls that way every year – good and bad. My trip with Ray to Alaska was a highlight – that’s going to be tough to beat. But we end the year in decent health, we have jobs, family and friends, etc. – we are darn fortunate and I try to stay aware of that. I enjoy blog world and I wish you continued writing success in 2017 – I’d say you did darn well and should be proud of your hard work. Take care and Happy New Year’s Weekend. More chocolate in 2017!!


  4. True, it’s sad to lose people but I suppose this is life cycle. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


  5. Hi Annalisa. LIke your new blog, although on my computer the white on grey isn’t all that easy to read. I did have a mention of politics on my retrospective of 2016, but hard to avoid. I forgot to mention all those legends who died, and that was pretty amazing with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds dying so close together, but sometimes I think, what about the hundreds of thousands of refugees and victims of war who died? Who eulogises them? So sad. Let’s hope and pray 2017 is kinder to the unfortunate souls of the world.

    Wishing you every writerly success in 2017, Annalisa.

    Denise 🙂


    1. Thanks Denise. I agree that there are many deaths that go unmentioned – the ones I mentioned had an impact on me because I grew up with them, on my TV and on my CD player. Bowie, for example, always makes me want to push boundaries in my writing – whether that comes across in my final drafts or not is another matter. Happy 2017 to you too 🙂


  6. Ah, here you are! I lost you for a while. All I wish is for things to return to normal. It was, after all, a bit of a bumpy ride last year. So here’s wishing all of us a happy and fulfilling 2017.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for the undying support you have given to my rambles and me throughout the past year. And by the way, I like the new look!

    My first ramble of 2017!


  7. 2016 was a tough year in most world news – and celebrity news.
    At the same time, like you, I had some wonderful moments with my family, and my kids basically gave me a free-pass-to-brag-for-life by both going to an international competition for teens at the same time in Hungary (Olympic Hopes Regatta), and I got to go watch them (highlight travel of the last three years). So, I’m glad for the world to put 2016 to rest, and for me, well . . . I’m putting together a nice scrapbook album for my family.
    Hope that 2017 is bright for all of us!!!


    1. I remember reading about your kids’ success at the time. Really awesome, and yes, bragging rights guaranteed for that! As long as we remember the good parts, the bad – hopefully – won’t feel so bad, eventually 🙂


  8. Happy New Year, Annalisa. Wishing you and your family and fabulous 2017. 2016 was a horror year for me as well. I’m glad to be starting over in 2017 though. Aside for the terrible deaths it sounds like you had a good 2016. Hope 2017 will bring you lots of happiness.


  9. Always good to remember the good stuff too! We did have some lovely weather this year and even late in the year you could still go out without a coat Not so sure I want to do that right now though! Happy New Year, Annalisa.


  10. 2016 wasn’t as horrible for me as it was for some people. In fact, it was pretty epic. That may be due the fact that I had an adorable little girl to watch grow, and released the end of my trilogy, and hosted several amazing parties, and had several family members visit… No, it wasn’t a bad year at all.


    1. Sounds like a great year. Apart from the babies I personally know being born (and all the others out there, of course) I was hoping we’d wake up on 1st January 2016 again… the previous 365 days being all a dream 🙂 Instead, I’ll call it a year of personal growth!


  11. Any memory involving time on a beach is an excellent one. Any memory of doing something or nothing out in the beauty of our world is an excellent one. Thanks for remember and sharing your beautiful days in warm weather. Nothing better.


    1. I’m pretty glad I’ve got a dog that needs walking – I’m sure I’d be less likely to take a daily walk without one, and then I’d miss out of some amazing weather.


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