I’m sure many of you will already know that yesterday was the start of the Chinese New Year. We have moved into the Year of the Goat, or should that be Sheep or even Ram? My Chinese astrology book has always referred to it as the Year of the Sheep which we tend to think of as quite a placid animal – a follower rather than a leader – so this year I’ve decided to view it as the Year of the Goat which exhibits more of the characteristics the world needs at the moment.
Goats love to climb, reaching places other animals can’t reach, representing progress and achievement and they are sure-footed where others flounder. They have vitality, curiosity, sturdiness, endurance and independence. Apparently, historically, the year of the wood goat, which only occurs every sixty years, has been favourable for signing peace treaties so let’s hope this year follows suit. However it is not necessarily a good year for starting something new, but better for bringing past efforts to fruition and reaffirming existing contacts. There is a big focus on family life so a good year for births and marriages – which I am sure Ali Keenan will be delighted to hear!
I also discovered through a bit of internet research that my number for this year (according to the 9 star Ki chart) is 8earth which corresponds to career, work and life path… I like the sound of ‘Julia Roberts: novelist’! If you believe in Feng Shui you might want to consider having a picture of a goat somewhere in your home or as a screensaver on your phone or computer. I was about to start searching for an image when I remembered I already had plenty… let me explain.
In 1976 my mum and dad sold our family home in Nottingham and bought a croft on the Isle of Skye to escape the rat race. This was quite a dramatic lifestyle change at their respective ages of 50 and 56, but my parents have never been particularly conventional (now you know where I get it from!). Their cottage came with a bit of land so my parents decided to keep chickens and goats. The pictures at the top of my blog and here with my mum are of their first goat Gilly (named after one of my best friends at the time) when she was a kid.
The pictures of my dad and me with Gilly were taken a year later when she was pregnant with her first kid. Mum and Dad were hoping for a female to keep and rear for milk but unfortunately it was a little boy and there is not much demand for ‘billies’ I’m afraid… as a vegetarian (although I wasn’t at the time) I don’t like to think about his fate.
Although I didn’t live with my mum and dad full time on the Isle of Skye it was a lovely place to retreat to between my dancing jobs, so calm and tranquil with wonderful views to the sea and the Scottish mainland beyond. Funny thing is I found some old premium bonds with a Portree post office stamp on them the other day that I had forgotten I had so the National Savings office doesn’t have my latest address. Wouldn’t it be funny if they turned out to be winning bonds… can’t promise to share if they are but the money would come in handy if we are going to go to Australia for Chris’s nephew’s wedding in May! The invitation finally arrived this week and I’m hoping it’s not too late to get reasonably-priced flights. I’ve always wanted to visit and now we have an excuse… watch this space.
Another arrival this week was the two Instride Walkers I ordered a month ago when mine finally broke after about a dozen years. We used to sell it on QVC and both Sophie and I really like it for ‘getting sweaty’ quickly, so I ordered one for her too so that she can take it when she moves out. Chris assembled them for us and Milo checked that he’d done it properly!
Today’s Fashion on Friday is featuring Etoile knitwear and Bibi Bijoux is the main brand on Spotlight on Jewellery so I hope you will join me for both. I’m on this weekend with Michele Hope, Sealy beds and Mally make-up and then a double helping of Butler & Wilson on Monday afternoon which I hope Simon will be well enough to guest as I haven’t seen him since December.
I hope the Chinese Year of the Goat is a good one for you – Gung Hay Fat Choy and in the meantime have a lovely weekend.