Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas everyone.......

As we hurtle towards 2012 I have taken a moment to stop and wonder .......2011 has not been a great year. More a year of loss than gain, of too much death and disappointment. But then I got to thinking and looking at pictures and actually there were a lot of other things that happened too.........

Like it snowed a lot......

and I went to France......

and I went to Argentina.......

and walked on a glacier in Patagonia......

and went for a drive in Salta.......

and stayed in a beautiful Finca........

and had a coffee in Buenos Aires.........

and saw Patti Smith sing.........

in Amsterdam........

and grew my own radishes...........

and went to France again..........

and hung around the pool...........

in the hot sun........

and got to write a lot.........

and ate homemade crumpets with jam and cream and a glass of Prosecco in Dorset......

and got these in the secret Santa.....

and finally learnt how to upload a picture on my blog........

And I thought, there's quite a lot to be thankful for really......... so Merry Christmas everyone.......

Top tip: count your blessings!!


  1. Looks like a very decent year to me. And delicious.

  2. And Seattle in 2012. Can't guarantee hot weather or Patti Smith concerts, but can guarantee good coffee and wine.
    Merry Christmas.

  3. Very good. You may write that it's not been the greatest year, but the pictures definitely inject a positive note.

    Have a good Christmas, and by the look of that bottle of Taylor's Port, it may well be merry.

  4. Weyhey!!!!!!!!!!!!! Piccies! When you look at it, it doesn't look like too bad a year. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Happy Christmas with your port and chili chocolate, thank you for the inspiring reading this year.

  6. Well, that is a lot to be thankful for! The pictures look lovely, and you have been travelling the world. That's great!

  7. That's a pretty postive photo-diary: sun, travel, Patti Smith, travel, Patti Smith, wine, sun... Loved your writing - are you working on any more stories?

    Have a Fabulous Christmas, and a very Happy New Year! x

  8. Not such a good year? Crikey. Wonder where you'd get to in a good one? :)

    A fusspot would point out to the cafe in Dorset that you need flutes for Prosecco, but never mind that - Happy Christmas!

  9. Fabulous pictures and what a active year you've had! Sending you lots of Xmas love and hoping next year is just as much fun. x

  10. Yah!!!! At last !!!! Photies!!! I think for us ladies of this certain age, loss will become more the norm i'm afraid. We have to learn to live with it whilst still embracing the important things in life (like french holidays and wine etc) Lots of love for a very Happy Christmas xxxxx

  11. Holy shit, that's a lot of destinations. I, uh, went for several hikes, caught a bunch of babies, sat a few retreats, and watched the final episode of Dexter with my friends without screaming.

  12. Looks marvelous! Merry Christmas!

  13. I long to go to Argentina. It looks lovely. Merry Christmas!

  14. Sorry to be late with my comment....Christmas took over !!
    A year of mixed emotions for you I think but, some good stuff by the looks of it !!
    Many thanks for your support and lovely comments this year. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012. With much love, Jackie. XXXX

  15. Hope you had a lovely time! You've certainly packed a lot in to 2011 - here's to 2012!!!!! *clinks glass against mac monitor*

    Ali x

  16. Happy belated Xmas Jo, and an excellent 2012 x

  17. Great post.
    Happy New year!

  18. A thoroughly uplifting and envy-inducing set of pictures - I hope 2012 includes just as much loveliness and less of the sadder things.

  19. Love the photos! Such an effective way to impart to a new reader (me) what your blog and life are about!