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Monday, 5 January 2015

Welcome 2015

Welcome 2015
Happy New Year to you all
I had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you did too. 
I don't want to go back over Christmas because quite frankly, I wouldn't know where to start and that's been my problem. I've been thinking about my first post of the new year for a few days now, but the more I thought about it the more I got lost in details and then I suffered writers block. 

But one thing I must do first of all is to thank you for visiting me during this last year. 
It's been wonderful having you come to visit... and it certainly wouldn't be the same without you.
Without your visits this whole blog thing just wouldn't work!
For one thing I'd be talking to myself and that's something I don't want to start... 
I freak my kids out enough as it is! 
(one comment over the festive season was "you're like a six year old Mum" 
I can't quite make up my mind if that's a compliment or not) 

Over the last year there have been lots of changes, settling back into life here in 'good old Blighty' (that's the UK is you're not used to that term) into our old house plus renovations taking place here, there and everywhere (which by the way we're still working on) but I must admit I do feel settled now, which is quite a statement coming from me after so many years of being on the move. 
I also thought that I'd have a list of goals for next year by now 
(as is the norm at this time of year) 
but I've yet to produce one... but I'll get there... maybe by June but I'll get there! 
I've got lots of ideas, but I just need to get them prioritized and in order. 
So I thought I'd just come in for a brief natter and that would get the ball rolling.
We've had lots of chilly temperatures over the last few weeks... even down to minus 5 on occasions, but no snow as yet. 
I know that may sound strange coming from me, but I'd like to see some snow before winter passes. 
I'd much rather colder temperatures with bright, sun filled sky's than warmer, damp, wet days.
We actually had the perfect winter day here yesterday and it was lovely to wrap up and get outside to enjoy it.
But I'm not so sure Muffy was impressed with the crispy, frosticled grass.
As you can see the sun hangs incredibly low in the sky at this time of year.
I even managed to do a little gardening. 
As long as I kept in the sunlight and out of the wind, it was really quite pleasant.
It was also a treat to see little signs that spring will be calling soon.
Okay... well maybe not that soon but there's bulbs sprouting, new growth and leaves springing into life which is wonderful to see. It's obviously time to start planning once again and I feel a few trips to the nursery and garden centre might be in order.
I can also see that seedings in their plant pots might well invade every nook and cranny of the house  as unfortunatley, I don't have a green house (...as yet... hint hint!!! This is just in case hubby is reading this) 
Winter sunsets are special don't you think? 
But then I love most sunsets no matter what season, especially when the day has been used to the max. 

So there we are...
I've kept it brief but it's a start.
I hope you've had a great start to this new year with all of it's possibilities.
I feel this one's going to be a good one don't you?
Hopefully I'll see you again soon.


  1. I found it hard to write a first post of the year too, so I posted with a favorite poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. It sounds like you are settled in and ready to begin 2015, back in the UK.

    1. I normally don't have a problem Terra, as I'm always composing blog posts in my head but because I'd had such a long break over Christmas there was just too much in there!
      I wish I'd had the idea of posting a poem ;D
      Have a fantastic week and thanks for stopping by

  2. you certainly produced a beautiful post hesitantly or not, the photos are stunning, that sunset is amazing with the blue, best wishes to you and Happy New Year!!

    1. Aww thank you Laurie... you always say the kindest things ;D
      I hope you're New Year has started well? I'll pop over to see you soon
      In the meantime stay cosy and warm

  3. Some beautiful photos Denise showing the best of a Scottish winter. I agree you can't beat those crisp clear days. Unfortunately we've had a lot of incessant rain/sleet and wind instead. Wishing you a wonderful 2015 and here's hoping spring doesn't take too long to get here!

    1. I'm glad I caught the best of the weather when I did Nic, because oh boy it's bad today. Hoolie blowing with rain horizontal and soooooooo dark!!!
      I hope spring comes soon now that Christmas is behind us but I fear it might be some time yet (sigh)
      Whatever the weather... I wish you lots of creativity!

  4. Gorgeous winter sunset! I have one goal for this year.... get moved and settled in a new home and adapt to a retired hubby ....oooops thats two...lol Hugs! deb

  5. Happy New Year .-)
    Nice roarfrost photos, I like roarfrost more than snow...

    We had holidays like in a horror-movie with a heavy injured cat (since 2 of january she is on the way to healing, finally - hooray!) and by me they found a sinus-tumor. On thursday they put it out. Hope, tate for me the new year after this all can beginning -
    Was not a good time in last weks. Well, that's life!

  6. Happy New Year to you too - 'Lang may yur lum reek' :D Or in your case - several, lol. Your post is lovely and feels full of hope, which is perfect for this time of year. The only thing I'm positive about just now, is that my mojo has scarpered. I haven't done a post nor made any art. Maybe I burnt myself out I don't know. But - hey-ho - hopefully it will come back soon. Meantime I shall feed upon other folks positivity, like yours, and see ifthat tempts it back home, lol. Has your art class resumed yet?
    Right I'm off to make some lunch. Well, re-heat some soup I made yesterrday. Yum!
    TTFN ((Hugs)) xx

  7. Happy New Year Neesie! I hope it's a lovely one for you! xoxo

  8. What amazing pics of the hoarfrost! Bbbrrr makes me shiver just looking at them. So glad I live in warm FLORIDA. And today it is beautiful out poor little McMuffy. Will she wear booties? I'm off to walk in sun while the peeps are here cleaning my apartment. Fabulous first new year's post btw Nessie. Hugs

  9. Being like a 6y/o mom is definitely a compliment:-) Being able to maintain childlike wonder and excitement as an adult is a gift to yourself and those around you! Incredible sunset you catured...wow...almost looks unreal. So beautiful! We used to see similar ones in SouthAfrica right off our veranda. Where I live now it is terrible flat and we barely see sunsets due to the tree canopy - which I do love - but spectacular sunsets are a rarity to our eyes. So thank you for sharing!

  10. Happy New Year to you and yours, Nessie! We have cold and no more than a dusting of snow up here, too. I am waiting and wishing for snow. Snow actually seems to warm it up. Ground insulation, you know. Stay warm!!


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