If red is the colour of Christmas, then white is the one for New Year. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions and fresh starts on January 1st. I seem to be programmed for fresh starts, new stationery and new plans at the start of the academic year and agricultural calendar in September.

That is not to say that the start of a new year is not the time for clearing out the old and starting on a fresh adventure. Twenty five years ago today we set off on our adventure into married life (Yes. I was a child bride!)This year – when the new year coincides with a new moon for the first time in nearly two decades – seems particularly auspicious too. I have never felt readier to clear away the clutter of Christmas, get the leftovers finished and replace the Christmas table decorations with a pot of beautiful homegrown paperwhite daffodils (which I remembered to sow eight weeks ago. Yay!)

There are one or two new adventures on the horizon on the plot for 2014 – but more of that in the weeks to come.In the meantime out with the old, in with the new. Have a very Happy New Year. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda. Make the most of all the opportunities it will bring.