I have not been playing as often as I would have hoped due to a gall bladder problem. The heavy dose of painkillers following this operation did not help for making decisions and a few errors were made that I would like to take back. I did not make Aviemore but did manage Peebles in December though I was worried if I could cope with the long hours as I was told it was a 16-week recovery period. I coped alright but the only thing I received from Peebles was a nasty cold which of course I passed on to Irene and due to this we missed all the club Xmas parties. I will not be at the winter fours as I can't make the Friday. I would like to see a better response from our home players in this prestigious event. I will try and get a team for the Sunday. I wish our team all the best for the home internationals and hope 2018 will be a better year with more bridge at least for myself. I will be visiting the Lady Milne to see how our ladies manage.