As for the year ahead - what will it bring?
Here in the UK we are looking forward to the 2012 Olympics. We have tickets for an evening of athletics at the Olympic stadium during the paralympic games. We tried twice for tickets to the able bodied games but were unsuccessful, so thought we would be more successful with tickets for the paralympics. However we tried to get tickets for wheel chair rugby, as one of our friends had designed one of the coins showing the wheel chair rugby, and for the same day some athletics. We have only got the athletic tickets. Never mind, the positive outcome must be that the paralympic games are proving just as popular as the able bodied games, and both sets of athletes need our support.
In France there will be presidential elections in April. The 'crisis' around the euro seems destined to carry on for some time, and it will be interesting to see who becomes president of France and what effect the results will have on their role in Europe.
The 6th November will bring the presidential elections in the USA. It doesn't seem that long ago that Obama was elected with so much hope for the future, but so much seems to have happened in the world since then, that he probably couldn't predict. Who ever is elected to office, in France or the USA, will have a difficult time, no matter what their ideals may be the world economy may dictate what they can do rather than what they would like to do.
With 3 years 364 days to go before 2015 when the UN hopes to have reduced by three quarters, (from 1990 to 2015) the maternal mortality ratio and to increase the number of births attended by skilled health personnel, we still have a very long way to go. If you would like to know more the Every Mother Counts website has plenty of information. You can also follow them on Facebook. http://everymothercounts.org/issue
On a more happy note - it is time to plan the vegetable plot for the coming summer. I must sow the onions and leeks this week. Last years harvest was really good and I am determined we will be self sufficient in onions and leeks this year.
May I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.