Happy New Year From Everyone Here At Marygreen Manor

Happy New Year From The Marygreen Manor

Happy New Year From The Marygreen Manor

Part and parcel of celebrating a fresh new year is looking back over the year that’s past and while we may have already discussed some of the wonderful things that have happened here at the Marygreen Manor, we haven’t taken the time to look at just what’s been going on in the rest of the world. Outside the bubble of the Marygreen Manor, there have been a great number of events taken place across the world, not just here in the UK that have not only made us smile but made us cry too.

Sadly the year seemed to encompass an unprecedented amount of natural disasters. With a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April for the population of Nepal, more than 8,000 people died. 1000’s more were injured and left homeless. April also saw what was a previously dormant volcano in southern Chile erupt 3 times in 8 days which forced 2,500 people to be evacuated. The eruptions also led to lava and ash being sent for miles into the air.

In the US, California to be precise, one of the largest blazes named Rocky Fire took hold of the forests and spread like…well wild fire. Twenty one wild fires took hold in California this year posing a huge challenge for fire fighters, spreading at super speeds and burning for nearly an entire week in August. Here in the UK we’ve also more recently suffered with severe flooding leaving thousands homeless and in some truly terrible circumstances over the festive season and undoubtedly into the new year too.

On top of this, we also sadly had some man made disasters in the form of the attacks in Paris. After the three days of terror in the French capital, which saw gunmen attack the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, millions gathered in the city in protest. Sadly, the city suffered once again as people were killed in further terrorist attacks in bars and restaurants along with a concert hall and the famous Stade de France.

On top of this, we watched as thousands upon thousands of Syrian migrants begged for refuge in neighbouring countries, including our own, after suffering through four years of civil war.

Thankfully it wasn’t all doom and gloom. For some this year has been a year of amazing achievements and great steps.

People around the world were, this year, lucky enough to witness a very rare celestial event in the form of a lunar eclipse coinciding with a “supermoon”. The eclipse made the moon appear red. It was visible from North America and Western Europe and my goodness, what a sight to see. The last time such a phenomenon was witnessed was in 1982 and is likely not to occur again until 2033.

Our own monarchy also had a rather celebratory year in the form of anniversaries and births. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary while Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their second child, daughter Charlotte.

2015 was also the year for equal rights as the Republic of Ireland made history by becoming the first in the world to vote for same-sex marriage. It may have been introduced in other countries by court decision and parliamentary vote but the Republic of Ireland voted for same-sex marriage by voting in a referendum. The joys within Dublin Castle were unconfined as gay and straight, parents and children, friends and activists gathered to cheer each and every single constituency result.

While the world may have seen a lot of heartache and sadness in 2015, it also saw some amazingly beautiful moments filled with love and a true sense of togetherness. Yes there were some terribly frightening times, but even in the darkest moments, we stood together strong and it’s this strength that we should take with us into 2016.

From all of us here at the Marygreen Manor, we’d like to offer our well wishes for those who might be a little more enthusiastic about leaving 2015 behind them and wish them all the love and luck in the world for a much better 2016. May 2016 bring you joy, love and laughter.

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