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Friday, 5 January 2018

Good Riddance 2017!

I have been saying that 2018 was going to be the best year ever, that it was going to be our year, and I still believe that.

However one thing I hadn't counted on was that we still had to get out of 2017 alive which almost didn't happen. On the morning of New Years Eve we were all heading toward the land to walk the dogs on our land for the first time. Me Carly and the kids were in the car with the dogs and Terry and Diane (F.I.L & M.I.L) were following a couple of minutes behind us on the bike. We got the phone call that no one ever wants to hear, that there had been an accident so we called an ambulance circled around and found them in a ditch at the side of the road.

As you can imagine it was the New Years Eve from hell, they both sustained multiple injuries, multiple broken bones, the worst of which being that Diane has a broken neck. You may find it hard to believe but after just 4 days in hospital they have released her to be cared for at home with what I can only describe as the most uncomfortable hard neck brace I have ever seen in my life.

At the moment we are counting our blessings that they are both still alive, it could have been so much worse! Of course our routine will be disrupted somewhat so that we can care for them for the next six weeks, but that is the least of our worries. I'll make sure I get a Five on Friday post up each week but please bear with me , the content might not be that exciting for the next month or two as I'm not going to get much opportunity to go out and have any adventures

Thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday, I hope the New Year brings you all of your hearts desires


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  1. What a rotten start, wishing you all a great year. Speedy recovery.

  2. Oh no!! Wishing them both a speedy recovery and you all a good year xxx

  3. Oh my goodness! 2017 wasn't my favorite year either, but it didn't kick me when I was already down...sorry, but glad to hear the are on to recovery, hopefully a speedy one. Maybe this is what is needed - an unexpected "rest" Happy New Year and a much better 2018.

  4. OMG, 2017 sure did go out with a bang for you. So glad that the four of you were safe and wishing Terry & Diane a speedy recovery. Wishing you a much better 2018.

  5. Wow! SO glad they are okay! I hope for a speedy recovery for them both. Hopefully 2018 will be a lot kinder.

  6. That's a terrible start into the New Year ! Fortunately they survived !! understandable that you will not have a lot of time for blogging ! Best wishes !

  7. That's awful news. Wishing them a speedy recovery and hoping you and yours find peace as you all work together in supporting and caring for family. Take care, Cathy.

  8. How scary! That was way too much excitement for New Year's Eve. Hope only wonderful things are ahead for your family in 2018 and that your in-laws both have a speedy recoveries.

  9. Oh, Tricky that's just awful! Did someone hit and run them on their bicycles? I know you are thankful they are both alive and that their injuries aren't any worse...but a broken neck! Just awful! You all will be in my prayers!

  10. What a dreadful end to the year for you all. WIshing them a speedy recover and hopefully a happier new year.

  11. Sorry about the injuries to the inlaws. At least your woman and your kids are safe though.

  12. Tricky, that is so sad! I wish a speedy recovery and hopefully a healthy year.
    Best wishes!


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