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2016 – a challenging year

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I’m writing this in the final hours of 2016, one of the most challenging (and painful) years of my life. Alec and I both had major health concerns, but with outstanding treatment and care from the NHS plus the help and support of our fantastic family, we’re now fit and well again.


Of course, 2016 has had many positive highlights too – the arrival of our gorgeous new grandson, family visiting from Sydney, get-togethers with friends and family, trips to Spain and enjoyable press visits to sunny Tenerife and lovely Estonia.


I researched and wrote a detailed tourism report after returning from Estonia in May and only just made the deadline! Days later, I was about to leave the house for  a press event in London, when I tripped running down the stairs and broke my arm. It was unbelievably painful. My visit to A&E  was just one of several hospital appointments I was to have in 2016.


I’ve not had the opportunity or inclination to write about Estonia or anywhere else as I had to take a break from writing. It took me a while to recover from unexpected major surgery in the latter part of the year, after which we managed to get away for a holiday on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui in late November. I’m now feeling revitalised and looking forward to catching up on my feature writing in 2017.


So here’s to 2017 – we’ll be reviewing more fascinating destinations  in Spa Wellbeing in the coming months so please keep visiting the website and liking us on Facebook!


On behalf of the Spa Wellbeing team, I wish all our readers/visitors a wonderful year blessed with good health, happiness and personal fulfilment.



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