I’d like to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and thank you to all 14,597 people following this popular page who follow Blantyre Project posts so avidly here each day.
It’s been another difficult year for us all as the pandemic tightens its grip yet again with another raft of restrictions. However, having a hobby such as this, keeps me motivated and in good spirits whatever life throws at me. This year has been a difficult one with health deteriorating and I find myself now awaiting a heart bypass early in the New Year. A friend once asked me to be positive about this and thats exactly what I’ll be doing. Positive and upbeat despite facing many months of recovery. There’s no doubt 2023 will be a difficult year for me personally. I know this already, but it may afford me some quiet, downtime to write, research and take it easier.
Back to the last year…..As always, I’ve learned plenty these last 12 months reading your comments and appreciate all your input. I can confidently say, I’ll be scheduling posts for some time to come.
Blantyre Project approached its tenth year of dedicated daily posts. I’ve now spent a fifth of my life faithfully writing up every single day (without exception) about Blantyre! I’m extremely proud of that commitment and effort and hope you’re enjoying it too. Revenue from book sales continues to come in and benefit local communities.
New books in 2021 were few and far between. I recently published the ‘Story of the National Memorial to David Livingstone’, a small book, but there is more going on behind the scenes. I’ve been writing a novel about Irish Immigration to Scotland. I fully intend on publishing that in 2022, a different direction for me and one with a much more widespread interest, far beyond Blantyre. I have to plan around recovery of my surgery and of course recovery will come first. Posts will continue to be scheduled every single day all being well.
What a reach this page continues to have all over the world. Who would have thought this little town could attract SO much attention not just in Lanarkshire, but from further afield and from ex-pats all over the world!?
From Blantyre Project, (that’s me…Paul Veverka), no matter where you are in the world, I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. Peace, warmth and happiness to you all over the festive season.