Festive greetings to all my reader

If you’ve been following this blog (in which case, hi Matt!), then you’ll know that it’s been silent for a while. This is nothing unusual for my project, which is officially the slowest shell build in history. I’m into my third major iteration and I really haven’t got much further than I did the last two times.

You’ll also recall that I’ve had to take a lot of time out from the project because of family illness. I don’t want to dwell on it, because this isn’t the blog for it, but basically my mother was ill with cancer for about a year, and this has taken up most of my spare time. Sadly, she passed away a few weeks ago. It’s an awful disease, and I sincerely hope neither you, dear reader, nor the people you care about, ever have to go through it.

I have gotten a few things done on the project, but it’s been an hour here, a half-hour there, and I’ve not really felt like posting an update for a while. That will change soon.

My time is still far from completely my own – there’s lots to do on the legal front, and as my mum lived a distance away from me, I am commuting up and down between houses at the weekend a lot – but before too long, I’ll be able to spend a decent amount of time on the project. I need to get my enthusiasm back, but I think that’ll come once I begin to get over this huge loss in my life.

At some point, I’ll do a summary post detailing the bits and pieces that have been done this year since I last posted, and then – at some point in the next couple of months – regular service should be resumed. At least, I hope so.

In the meantime, to my regular and occasional readers, a belated merry Christmas, and a happy New Year. See you in 2013.