Happy New Year! It is January, and so begins one of the slowest months in the royal calendar. January spars with August as the "Dead News Month" and I am never sure which one is worse. August is worse... The Cambridges tend to hibernate this month--often they ring in the New Year in Bucklebury and then prep for their week to ten days in Mustique. We are left largely to speculate about their activities. Thankfully, speculation is woman's prerogative, so we won't waste a moment jumping in...
In January of 2013, Kate was relatively early in her pregnancy and barely showed in her Vix bikini when she holidayed in the West Indies with William and the Middletons. This year, however, she is a little farther along and it isn't unreasonable to wonder if she will make the long-haul flight all the way to the Caribbean. I think it is still a very safe bet that she will go. By this time in the winter, everyone would love a warm sandy rest, and anyone who is able sneaks away somewhere. I really hope she goes this year so I can see sunny pictures and live vicariously. We should know by the end of January!
While William and Kate charmed New York City, we knew that Georgie was home in Bucklebury with Carole and Mike, but People gave us some adorable details on their little Granny-Grandson dates. Carole took Mr. George to the farmers' market all dressed in a smart tweed jacket:
Dressed in a little tweed jacket, George toured the stalls of organic vegetables and crafts and was "trying all the food," a villager tells PEOPLE. He even "went back for a second helping of Christmas pudding from one of the stalls. It was wonderful for the girl who makes them. It will make her year won't it?"
"It was just really, really sweet. He was just being like a normal toddler is, running around and exploring – he is such a sweetie. He's lovely. A real bundle of fun," the villager adds.
It certainly paints a warm picture of the two and I am sure that Carole and Michael have absolutely treasured the times George has been left in their care, which is several since his parents first relinquished him to the Middletons for the Maldives get-away last year. Kate's intimacy with her parents would be a happy scenario no matter where life had taken her, but it has really turned out to be a blessing given how things have turned out.
Kate's birthday is just over a week away, and we will have to see what news surfaces on how and where she celebrates. Last year it was an intimate dinner with family and close friends, but the year before the Cambridges celebrated with a trip to Kooza (Cirque du Soleil). I am sure we will have some details on whatever the Duchess decides to do!