Loyal subjects, the time has come to respond to the urge and quickly share the highlights of the year before it ends here at dgr scribbles.
The family firm have been on several international tours this year and it is the joy of those I wish to share with you.
Children are our future and one must make mention of their achievements in which one takes great pride. I trust you may all have housed yours in palaces of their own or are planning to do so, oh if only it were that easy.
Ours, like boomerangs, keep returning home.
Offspringette, first in line to the throne, returned from skateboarding across Australia and has since identified that she is the member of the family who carries the Tinker's nautical gene rather than any ambition to continue bringing Bill Oddie's Springwatch to the nation's screens. Currently wishing she had paid more attention to knot-tying in the Brownies and anything remotely mathematical in her entire school career she may emerge from university yet again, this time as a naval officer able to tie a bowline and splice a mainbrace.
The Kayaker's tour to paddle the rivers of Norway was a fine example of international co-operation and entente cordiale with a well organised programme and diligent post-visit follow up.
Paying unusual attention to the road signs the Kayaker drove at a sedate 30mph for his entire trip having noticed frequent signs exhorting BEWARE! TROLLS ON ROAD. Afeared of maiming one of the dear little creatures he was thankful to get to the end of the trip with the trolls seemingly unscathed.
Correspondence from the Norwegian government has since clarified that in his haste to reach the very exciting white water of Norway he had indeed been mistaken.
The fines have now been paid and we would like to reassure the people of Norway that in future he will pay all road tolls as he passes through.Norway also be thankful he's back in England because tonight he has gone out partying dressed as a French Maid.
Maintaining the international flavour of the year's voyages to foreign lands The Gamekeeper travelled as far as Leeds.
For one who rarely leaves the countryside of Devonshire for fear a fox may eat his pheasants this was quite an endeavour.The clay pigeons dutifully obliged by flying in front of his gun and he was delighted to gain third place in the National Young Farmer's Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships but sad not to receive a certificate saying so. Expressing his dismay at this breach of protocol, whilst holding a shotgun it must be added, a gilt-edged certificate was quickly found.
Taking a shine to international travel the Gamekeeper has since been to Exeter on two occasions.He has capably garnered the venison and pheasant for the royal larders this festive season, chopped the yuletide logs and kept the ornamental lawns free of moles.
Prince Rocky, Duke of Aga has had a good year with only one tour of duty to the Vets.The capture in the basket, the invasion of the thermometer and the humiliation of the scales were a reminder that as senior feline his touring days are over, he has been a fine ambassador for international goodwill but much prefers to stay at home to look after his girls and hug his rug. Persuaded on occasion to leave the comfort of his throne, Rocky has fully embraced the hunting ban and within the spirit of the law enjoys dragging dead rabbits across the fields for the dogs to find and eat three weeks later.
One's little ferrets Princess Bubble and Princess Squeak continue to grow and flourish and after an early escape bid to go clubbing they now realise where their gin and dubonnet is correctly mixed (one third-two thirds) a little miniature palace with a warm four poster bed infinitely preferable to a muddy damp hole in the hedge.
So there you have some of it.
It just remains for me to thank family dgr for allowing me to share their exploits on here throughout the year and to wish all of you and yours a happy, blessed and peaceful 2008 from all at dgr scribbles.