Once in Royal David's City is a Christmas Carol originally written
as a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander,
The carol was first published in 1848 in her hymbook
"Hymns for Little Children".
A year later the English organist Henry John Gaunteltt discovered the poem
and put it to music.
Hope you and your family are all keep well and looking forward to the Christmas Holidays.
I do hope you had an opportunity to travel and enjoy some time away in 2021.
Glad that I took advantage during relaxed Covid times to travel a little throughout the UK and Ireland…….sometimes on personal holidays and other times with visitors. Travelling at a slower safe pace certainly does allow you to absorb a lot more on your journey.
2021 was a year of uncertainty in the travel industry. The year started out with enthusiastic planning followed by cancellation or Covid Regulation Changes. Some people managed to travel while others decided to postpone until 2022.
At home here on the farm I have been doing a lot of the normal things…….lots of baking, hiking and catching up with friends and family.
Long easy walks on my own gave me a lot of time to think and my mind drifted to thoughts about organising more “easy going” guided group walks with specific interests.
Living close to the ancient Armagh City – Saint Patrick’s Chosen City - my thoughts drifted to other Pilgrim Walks throughout UK.
It’s early days yet but I have linked up with my Blue Badge Guides in the UK to work on suitable Pilgrim’s Walking Holidays in 2022.
As always my very popular personal car/coach tours will still be available in 2022. Also my local Armagh Village Walks will certainly be a large part of my 2022 tours.
I know that it has been a difficult time and our travel lifestyle has certainly changed but I feel it is important to work with the situation in the best possible way.
Thanks to all who have travelled with me in the past and welcome to my new travellers in 2022.
So from my family home here at Beechlodge Farm, County Armagh to your family I wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas 2021.