Sunday, January 1

2012- bring it on!

Christmas Eve. . .The horses settled in their stables, the sound of rustling straw so perfectly apt for this evening as we bid them goodnight. Midnight Mass at our tiny local church, no more than 20 hardy souls in the congregation, puffs of breath rising in the air as we sing rousing carols and vie for warmth from the tiny radiator. Walking home afterwards guided by torchlight through the eerily dark woods singing schoolday words to the hymns. The cat coming to meet us, cream-tipped tail held aloft like a beacon to light the way. Drinking nightcaps in front of the woodburner.

Christmas Day. . .Champagne and presents. Carols on the radio. Cosily reading our books in front of the fire. Cooking Christmas dinner together and not eating until early evening. Downton Abbey. Heartfelt peace and goodwill.

Boxing Day. . .Traditional bubble-and-squeak lunch, getting together with friends. Returning fresh-faced from a windswept ride on Bruce and scoffing chocolate cake (me not him- he had carrots).

Our Wedding Anniversary. . .Soppy cards. Red roses. A "day out" to Swanage in the pouring rain. Waiting 45 minutes in a crowded coffee shop for toasted cheese sarnies, holding hands and laughing as we people-watched and got hungrier and hungrier.

New Years Eve. . .Walking along the beach at Lyme Regis with dear friends. Finding fossils, and skimming stones into the sea for their dog to fetch. Hearty pub lunch (like we needed more food). Staying awake til midnight and letting off a huge firework in the garden. Shouting "Happy New Year" into the darkness and toasting 2012 as it arrives.

New Years Day. . .this year is going to be such a good one- no Resolutions, just an aim to make to the most of every day and stop worrying.

Bring it on! xx

31 comments:

Jee said...

Lovely post, Elaine. Happy New Year, and hugs to Bruce.

Saphy said...

What a great Christmas.
Happy New Year. xxx

Janet said...

Sounds good to me !
Wishing you all the very best-with lots of love and laughter thrown in xx

Trixie@ the vintage bothy said...

Perfick! xxx
T x

Vintagemaison said...

Just perfect! My only resolution is to take a walk each day with the dog! Best wishes for 2012, Carol

KC'sCourt! said...
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KC'sCourt! said...

Happy New Year
Julie xxxxxx
(Don't know what I typed but it was spelt wrong - letters were in the wrong place on the keyboard - great start to the new year!)

Rose H (UK) said...

A joyous post Elaine!
Wishing you and your dear family a very happy and healthy 2012.
Hugs
Rose H
xx

Hesta Nesta said...

A lovely post Elaine and I whole heartedly agree with you about making the most of every day and to stop worrying, a lesson I certainly need to learn. Much love and wishing both of you a happy and healthy 2012.
Jo xx

Menopausalmusing said...

What a beautiful post. Loved the people watching bit......Wishing you the happiest of New Years.

Autumn Mist said...

Christmas, exactly as it should be! (We used to go on a Sunday School trip to Swanage every year). Wishing you all the best for 2012.

sue15cat said...

A lovely post. Happy New Year to you both.

Sue xx

The Vintage Gardener said...

Sounds perfect to me too. Happy New Year to you all.

Sherri B. said...

A very Happy New Year to you and also Happy Anniversary. It sounds like it was a lovely holiday week for you. Looking forward to sharing another year with you again, my friend! xo

My Spotty Pony said...

I am not sure which brought tears to my eyes more, your beautifully written post or the end of Downton Abbey! Hmmmm, think your Christmas and New Year did it for me.... sounds just perfect :)
I wish you the very best of EVERYTHING in 2012.
Hugs to you and Bruce.
Much love, Abby xx

trashsparkle said...

Sounds like lots of fun and relaxing - love the tale of you two giggling in the cafe. Happy New Year! x

Pennyblossoms said...

A beautifully written, evocative post, Elaine.
I don't think I'll ever stop worrying(!), but making the most of each day...now that's a good plan, even if quite a lot of today was spent doing nothing. It was doing nothing at home which was lovely!
Happy New Year and ear rubs to Bruce!
Z xx

BusyLizzie said...

Wonderful post! here's to a fantastic 2012.. cheers. Liz xx

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

Your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day sound perfectly wonderful, like a scene from a movie. What day is your anniversary? Ours is the 14th. Blessings for health and prosperity in the New Year! Warm Hugs,

Annie said...

Happy New Year Elaine, your post was beautiful. I agree with you about trying to make the most of every day and stop worrying. Take care Ann x

ilovemyhouse said...

Looks like you had the most wonderful time. Happy anniversary and Happy Happy New year....may all your dreams come true.
(this is a voice from the past :))

XX

Country Cottage Chic said...

No resolutions here either! Hope 2012 is a great year for you.

Jayne

haizi daizi said...

What a perfect fews days and beautifully written ~ sorry for no comments recently ~ wishing you a fun filled 2012 ~ Haizi

Purrfect Haven said...

magical. We are all smiling here! We wish you a most happy 2012.. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

sandiart said...

Sounds blissful, was just thinking today, as I was taking down the decorations, how lovely it would be to experience an UK Christmas, it got to 43 deg here yesterday and the decorations were making me feel even hotter as the house felt cluttered and stuffy, not cosy. How I yearn for a typical English Christmas!!!!
xx Sandi
Happy 2012 to you and yours.

OhSoVintage said...

Sounds pretty perfect! Wishing you a very happy 2012 and thankyou for your kind words and support earlier this year - you've no idea how much it meant to me. x

melbatoast68 said...

What a lovely holiday! I so hope you are correct about 2012. I have high hopes for this year. Hope yours is wonderful!

The Cloth Shed said...

Sounds totally idyllic...fireside, food, friends and fireworks... wishing you a wonderful 2012 Elaine.
Julie x

Fran said...

Really nice post. Almost poetic. And the thought of 'toasted cheese scones' makes my toes curl up with excitement.

Mimi and Tilly said...

This is such a beautiful post. I have loved reading it. Em xx

Miss Mary Elliott said...

This 2 weeks late but Happy New Year to you!!!
2012 is shaping up to be a very good year and very busy for myself already:) xx

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