Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Well, 20/20 vision is supposed to be perfect but I doubt many saw this year’s events coming. And as to those who said “Go on, 2020, surprise me”, all I can say is “don’t you dare do that again”!

At least we can say as the year comes to an end that despite continuing covid uncertainty, economic upheaval, migratory tragedies, extremism, and political mayhem, something will actually have a definitive conclusion this year. The Brexit Transition Period will end as 2020 passes and so the UK will enter 2021 as a fully-fledged third-country nation. Many will hope that this century’s 20s will finally roar then, but others will wonder how it ever came to pass that Pandora’s box was opened letting all the evils of the world fly out. Apart from hope.

My hope, therefore, is that the world will become less tribal and more tranquil, less fact-averse and more rational, and if it can’t, as seems all too likely, we can at least focus on the little things that matter to us personally, things that bring some joy into our lives while the rest of the world turns to ashes.  For me, this year, one of these “little things” was obviously being awarded the MBE, but another was seeing the blue tits in our garden learn to knock the window when the feeder’s short of seeds!  Joys come in many forms, and I hope that you’ve had your fair share this year too. And with today being the winter solstice, the year turns back towards the light again, none too soon in some senses!

This Christmas, as Canarian epidemiologist Amós García Rojas said only the other day, “se trata de trabajar para que en las del 2021 no nos falte nadie de los que tenemos en el 2020” … “it’s a case of ensuring that next Christmas we won’t be missing anyone who’s with us for this one”. For us it will be no different because we will be spending it at home as usual, focusing on the things and especially the people that have meaning for us. Our tendency is to celebrate it quietly, without overconsumption but with a very few close friends, and so we will be safe and among love and contentment, and quite a bit of cava … just what I wish for you all!

Thank you all for your support, good wishes and congratulations over the past year. I’m really gratified that this site is so enjoyed, especially by the regular readers who make it feel like a community of, in the main, like-minded souls with similar core values. I hope that 2021 will turn out to be a happy, healthy, and peaceful year for us all, and as Dickens’ Tiny Tim nearly said, may the deity of your choice bless us, every one. This is one of my favourite Christmas songs … even in the worst situations there’s always the prospect of better times, and of hope.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!


  1. Congratulations Janet on getting your MBE. You truly deserve it. I hope you and Jeremy had a lovely Christmas Day. My best wishes for the New year. Stay safe my friend. Love Anne and Kev.

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      Anne, how lovely to hear from you! Thank you, and my very best wishes to you and Kev too for 2021! We will see each other again one day!

  2. Hi Janet.
    Just trying to make light of the current situation with a pretty irrelevant question.
    You claim to be the mother of chickens so must have a good knowledge of them, I am considering acquiring 2 or 3, I live in the UK but frequent tenerife often, do they need constant care or can they be left unattended for any length of time food and water available of course.

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      Actually, I can answer that one – chickens can be quite independent, but do need a level of monitoring which not compatible with leaving them on their own for a week. So many stupid things can go wrong – predators, bird getting stuck in odd places, escaping and getting lost, food or water supply failing, that kind of thing. I would not be comfortable with leaving them without their being checked on every day or at least once every other day. Others may disagree, of course.

  3. Happy Christmas Janet, Thanks for keeping us up to date with the information during this awful time. This will be our first time in 17 years, we have not spent the new year in Tenerife. Stay safe and best wishes .

  4. This is only the second time I’ve ever posted on your site the last time about the photocopy shop across the road from the Police National to get my TIE documents. May I wish you and your Husband a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year, you have been an absolute rock. I’ve always wanted to ask you how did you know about the heads of the valleys road as I was born in Cardiff? Kind Regards x

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      Thank you Russell, and I hope you’ll post many more times in the future! The very same to you, and the answer to the Heads of the Valleys road is easy … Neath and Swansea! My mother’s side of the family is Welsh, Neath, and my father’s is Irish but during the potato famine, some Irish went west to the US and others went east to Wales. My lot ended up in Swansea. I’m half Welsh and half Irish, but the Welsh half is a tiny bit stronger. I know that road very well … and the accidents that occurred on it before they made it a dual carriageway!

  5. Happy Christmas Janet and a huge thank you .

  6. I would like to congratulate you Janet on your MBE and your excellent website that I read regularly. Your hard work is much appreciated. I have owned an apartment in Los Cristianos for sometime now but live in the UK and get most of my Canarian news from you, which is invaluable.
    Thank very much

  7. Wise and thought provoking words Janet, as we have come to expect 🙂
    Kris and I have found so much joy and even fun in little things too, as our world has shrunk this year. We have discovered much about ourselves and each other and also much about the people we know, some of it not what we expected, as each of us reacted to this world emergency. Mainly, that only those who see it as a world emergency seem able to put their own needs to one side and think of the common good of all.
    Many people in Tenerife have been desperate and without the basics such as food and even shelter, and the amount of amazing people on this island who have come forward to help is outstanding.
    My thanks to them, and to you Janet for keeping us informed, and in check occasionally.
    A very Happy Christmas

  8. Many, many thanks for all you have done for for us over the last 12 months Janet. You are a star in our firmament and may your brilliance continue to shine. I hope the holiday period is a time of peace, love and good health that carries you into the New Year and beyond ❤️

  9. Thank you Janet for all of your hard work. Wishing you and your loved ones a merry Christmas and a healthy new year. Time to put you’re feet up for a few days and open a bottle (or two) of fizz

  10. Thank you for all the effort you put into keeping people informed- so appreciated by so many.
    Always the first port of call when changes are announced & there have been too many of those this year but you manage to bring clarity (where possible) in situations where the media blunder forth with their (often uninformed) views.
    Have a peaceful & enjoyable festive season- Terry

  11. Happy Christmas to you too Janet, many thanks for all your efforts and assistance throughout this very challenging year.

  12. So sad about Kirsty. A beautiful life cut far too short. Makes that particular piece so poignant and brings a tear ever time but it is my favourite Christmas song of ‘recent’ times. Thanks Janet.

  13. Thank you again for your updates. The only genuine source we become to depend on.
    Wishing you a Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy New Year 🎅🍾🥂

  14. And a Very Merry Christmas to you too!
    Let us all hope for a better year to come.

  15. Thank you for all your fabulous advice throughout this terrible year, you have defiantly helped me. Put you feet up now and have a well deserved break and numerous glasses of wine , Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year🍷

  16. Thank you Janet. Have a nice Christmas up in the hills and let us all hope for a better New Year.

  17. Merry Christmas Janet and a safe healthy New Year. Time to switch off and take a relaxing break …… if possible. ✝️☃️🌲🎅🤶

  18. What a nice, and thought provoking few words, couldn’t agree more with your sentiments.

    Thank you again for everything you do for us here, it often feels like a safe haven of sanity in an otherwise mad (and often unpleasant) world.

    We wish you and yours a very peaceful and relaxing break. Take heart from the thoughts of the wise philosopher 🙂 D:Ream … ‘Things can only get better’

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