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So, that is 2019 done and dusted - not a year that will stand out as being brilliant or dreadful, just a year that happened. Quite a damning moniker that - 'just a year that happened'.

I am looking forward to 2020 and hope that she is a year of sparks and joy, a year of uplift and laughter, a year of positivity (the natural variety rather than the forced kind). On the whole, 2020 - you have a lot to live up to and I shall be holding you to account!

The house, at the moment, is quiet despite it being full of folk. So I thought I'd take a moment for myself with a mug of tea and a freshly washed dog (in recovery mode as she is not keen on a 'shampoo and set').

The air is full of the scent of just opened hyacinths and tiny yellow tete a tete daffodils and despite the dankness and dullness of outside, the fire and the salt lamp are both glowing a most warming and heartening colour.

The festive decorations were away by lunch time on the 1st January - feels good to remove the fripperies and clutter.

We walked out on new year's day - it was a particularly pretty one, the sun shone, the air was crisp and clear. Just a family pootle along the canal and back with the reward of tea and cake before returning. It felt like a good start.


  1. What a lovely start weather wise to the New Year. We had white cloud cover, but it was pleasant and it was good to stretch our legs. Happy New Year. Arilx

  2. I too am glad to see the end of 2019! I've yet to take down my festive things! Nice bridge. It would be nice (for me) if 2020 allowed me to be more retired.....

  3. Lovely photos!! May this year be a year full of sparkle and joys for you!! It looks so beautiful there where you live. We have 36 Fahrenheit degrees here but this is the calm between storms. We have Winter till March around here. Last year we got a horrible storm in March. Sending good vibes!

  4. The swan looks like he's eyeing up the mince pies LOL
    Sending all good wishes for a great time this year, i'll enjoy venturing along your pathway though your posts here.

  5. It looks like a good start too.

  6. It was a beautiful day here too thankfully as we started the year off with a funeral :( But the up side of that was we got to spend the day with friends and visitors and actually had a lovely start to the year ... gosh I'm getting too Irish, enjoying wakes lol

  7. A perfect start to the year. I hope 2020 sparks joy and lives up to everything you want it to be.

  8. What beautiful photographs. The reflections are fantastic. Love the way the younger generation has grown from two to four. xxx


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