It may seem an unusual time to be conducting a summary of the year but 2005 is proving to be a most remarkable one and it seems an appropriate topic in this, my valedictory, article.
We are in the midst of the most extraordinary Test series, the classic contest between the young pretender and the ageing champion. Youth versus experience, courageous exuberance versus creaking joints, a crate of alcopops for the winners, a nice cup of Horlicks for the losers, perhaps.
I can hear the warning (should that be Warne-ing?) voices but I feel buoyed on a tide of elation, having seen Vaughan and Trescothick bat under the most tremendous pressure on the opening morning at Old Trafford and come through the other side; having witnessed the best batting side in the world fall apart under ferocious and skilled fast bowling but, most of all, having witnessed a full house on the last day of a Test match. These are heady times for the national side and I, for one, don't want to miss a moment.
There seems to be some cruel irony that these international delights are presented to me after pretty wretched personal misfortune. To say that 2005 is a year I will want to forget may seem trite and melodramatic, but I have experienced some fairly low days.
Sometimes feelings can be defined only after the event. That may be true of this season for me. I feel a little numb, not quite comprehending the state I'm in.
I am hugely indebted for the support I've received from Gerhard Mostert, Warwickshire's "Kolpak" physiotherapist from the cultural hotbed of Bloemfontein.
He has had his hands full but his friendship is something of real value. His gentle, lilting inflection and his South African idiom have brightened up many of my days although his native sense of humour still eludes me.
It is a time of change for the county club with the pending departures of chief executive, coach and captain. This triumvirate, along with the chairman of cricket, are the main architects of the playing side of the club.
It presents a rare opportunity to set solid foundations for a successful future based on a shared vision and complementary skills.
This powerful alliance can create an environment where players are challenged, supported and valued, where passion and commitment are fostered and where the history of Warwickshire CCC is proudly trumpeted.
Few clubs have the resources available at Edgbaston. We are presented with a chance to make Warwickshire the best club in the country.
Cricket is becoming cool again. After stellar performances by the national team, our treasured game is gaining in popularity. Even the BBC is fighting to broadcast some cricket this year. Twenty20 cricket has proven to be as marketable as ever and children are starting to take bats and balls into the playground.
Despite sitting out this season, I feel imbued with an enthusiasm that I find hard to define. I think it's got to do with the future, as though I can see the glow of something special just over the brow of the next hill.