Saturday, 31 December 2011

Favourite moments of 2011


It is always difficult to choose ones favourite moments of the year, as there are always many - my nephews' wedding in April, our holiday in a chalet near St Ives with the children and their partners, many walks along the coast, the views of the garden and countryside through the changing seasons.

I think these however have to be in my top three:-

Having a picnic lunch ( including Cornish pastie) overlooking the ruined tin mines at Pendeen in Cornwall while listening to "Cousin Jack" sung by Show of Hands, which tells the story of Cornish miners leaving their homes and families and emigrating because there was no longer work for them in Cornwall. It was very atmospheric looking out at sea and the thinking of  the mines stretching out under the water and the lives of those miners.




Visiting a dairy farm on a beautiful evening in June and enjoying cheese and wine in the farmyard as the sun set.



Going on a three island day tour from Dubrovnik on a beautiful 70 year old fishing boat. The Captain was very friendly and served a wonderful grilled fish picnic lunch in a secluded bay.



There were 20 others on board all different nationalities and ages but by the end of the trip we were all great friends and the scenery was magnificent.

Wishing you a Happy New Year! 

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Better than the Christmas sales!

A few years ago I used to rush to the sales and buy things I didn't really need, now I realise how much better it is to only buy something if I need it and spend the time instead appreciating the world around me.






                           Daisy doesn't like the camera so it's difficult to get good pictures of her!


I was also inspired yesterday after reading Thrifty Household's post to join the Backlane Flower challenge which is to pick a bunch of flowers from the the garden  for 52 weeks. This is my first posy from the garden.






Saturday, 24 December 2011

Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.


Extract from Twas the night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863)


We read this poem every Christmas eve when the children were small. While others were busy doing last Christmas shopping we spent the morning on the beach searching for cockles.


Although it was windy the sun was shining and there was no one else in around apart from a lone fisherman.


So everything is ready for Christmas, presents wrapped and under the tree food all bought and everyone home.




                                   Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Hello!

Why I have set up a blog?  A few weeks ago I had no plans to do so and then one of my favourite blogs went  off line and I realised that while  I had been perfectly content to just read other blogs I had not given anything back so hopefully this will make some amends.

Please look through some of my favourite blogs that I have listed most of which I have been following for a couple of years that have inspired me and enriched me and have given me a few minutes to relax and switch off during difficult times so thank you very much fellow bloggers!

What are your earliest memories of the sea ? Mine was visiting my Granny who lived overlooking the river estuary in Fowey in Cornwall.  The smell of sea weed still takes me instantly back there. Although I am so lucky to live within 15 minutes walk from the sea, my dream would be to live closer and have a sea view! In the meantime we try to go on a weeks holiday where we can fulfil the dream!

On holiday in Noss Mayo -Devon
I have lived in Weymouth for nearly 30 years. It is a busy seaside town with a large sandy beach, and attractive harbour and will be hosting the sailing events for the Olympics next year.

Weymouth harbour

Along the coastal path near Weymouth
 A few weeks ago my OH had to catch the early train to London, the sun was just rising and Daisy was given a different early morning walk.

 It was a great start to the day having the beach to ourselves!

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