Its been a very long and eventful year for family OTW and as good as its been I'm happy to see it draw to a close. In the last month I have wrapped up my company and the last of my employees have departed meaning for the first time in 30 years I don't have to meet a wage bill on Friday!!! I do have a project running in Liverpool until april but I can finish that with the help of subies so I'm...unemployed? retired? I'm not sure how to describe myself. I have been working solidly towards this moment for 7 years and now its here I feel rather strange, I have never defined myself by my work but not being a builder or whatever I have put my hand too is I must admit rather uncomfortable. Its not like I won't be busy as I've named 2015 as the 'year of a thousand small things' as the various properties here and the grounds all need attention both large and small.The fact I have 4 children between 1 and 7 who haven't seen enough of me is also something I've been planning to happily rectify so there is plenty of room there for filling up my days and weeks. Long term I do hope to look at another couple of large (by my standards) projects and in fact I drove over to north Wales (20 mins drive) today to look at this. Its a once nice Georgian house with some interesting features and grounds that would stand some tlc...and cash.I'm going to see this one later in the week and its a bit more of a challenge in several ways and so of more interest. I would love to rebuild the rather plain buildings in stone with more liveable and energy efficient interiors.Long term I'm pretty certain a property in California is on the cards with hopefully the experience of building in new materials holding out the promise of a new set of challenges. So there you go...an eventful year gone and a busy but more of a family orientated year to come. I hope all who visit here have had a good year and that 2015 brings them happiness and contentment....cheers!