There have been good times as well, of course, and from my own country's point of view, highlights would have to be the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games which were held in London.
I have told you about my family, my garden, and my travels, and I really do feel that there is not a lot more that I can amuse you with, so, albeit reluctantly, I have decided to end my little scribblings in the Southhamsdarling blog.
I really can't leave until I have said a massive "thank you" to all my wonderful Followers, especially those who used to pop over at every post to leave a comment for me. You always showed me so much support, encouragement, laughter, affection and, yes, even love, and I will always be grateful for that. The good thing is that so many of you have become friends with me on my personal facebook page, and we are in touch on virtually a daily basis, which is a lovely way for us to keep our friendship going.
I hope you will notice that I have changed my header for my leaving post, and this is just how my garden looks at the moment. I thought I would leave you with a few photos of things that have been happening here in heavenly Devon and, yes, we are getting some wonderful sunshine at the moment!
Most of you will know how much I love quotations, so this is how I will end today ... my wish for all of you is that you keep healthy and keep smiling. It is, after all, a beautiful world, and we are truly blessed.