Dot writes: we are finishing 2011 in a Quaker settlement in Wanganui. I can fairly say that I had no inkling of this at the start of the year. It is also absolutely pouring with rain with no forecast of a let-up. Never mind. There is a good local swimming pool. We will start 2012 in a spirit of make-do, and happy to have Ken’s family around us. Best wishes to all for a fortunate New Year.