It was a glorious Spring day and we went to Guedelon, where ils batisssent un chateau fort - they are building a castle. A mediaeval castle, using mediaeval methods. It won't be finished until 2023. It was fascinating, and one of the best days of the year.
The next day we set off back to England and it was from then on that the Communist's health deteriorated. We hadn't taken my parents to France as it was obvious even then that he wasn't up to the journey.
I had a strong feeling, as I looked at the sunset over the sea as we left France, that everything was about to change. I'm glad I didn't know how difficult it was all going to be.
Still, I thought the Communist would be dead by now, and he's not: he's minus a leg but in much better health and not in pain any more. He still hasn't accepted that he won't be able to come home permanently, and I know there are further difficult times to come.
There have been plenty of good things, though: two enjoyable holidays in the Lake District and in Tenby - though, in my head, both were greatly overshadowed by the Communist being in hospital.
Emily's fantastic A-level results. Gareth finishing university and getting a good job after only three weeks. Emily starting Archaeology at York University, and enjoying it. Gareth and Emily finding a house they like in York, and moving in. And, of course, their forthcoming wedding in February - only six weeks or so away!
It's when things are difficult, of course, that you find out who your friends are. I knew my family would be great, and they have been, and so have my friends. I'd like to list them, but don't want to embarrass them, and I hope you know who you are, whether you're in Leeds, Huddersfield, Oxford, Manchester, Darlington, London, or that place that poor Dustin was aiming for in Midnight Cowboy. Thank you all.
And also, many thanks to those of you who read my blog, and to those who leave comments, whether regularly or occasionally - I love getting them, please continue!
Well, this was going to be about New Year's Resolutions, but it hasn't been. I'll do those tomorrow.