Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year


First of all a very happy new year to everyone. My Christmas/New Year festivities went much better than expected – in fact Christmas Day was one of the best I’ve had for a long while, and you can see Mollie enjoying the beach on Christmas Day. But Pip and I never celebrated it anyway so I had little to miss.

Several days after Christmas I headed up to London (don’t mention the train journey from hell) to meet some friends and see the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition. Courtesy of the rail service I was over an hour late and made the 7pm ticket deadline with a minute to spare (wiping sweat from brow) and very glad I did, despite being knackered. It really is a once in a lifetime experience and despite being hot and crowded, worth every minute of the 2 hours we spent there.

We then went for a drink in Covent Garden, before heading back to Surrey to spend the night with Deb’s mum. Next day we spent some time with her before heading back into London and exploring old haunts and then the long trek home. A 5 hour journey seems to take forever when you’re tired, but I got second wind on receiving a text from a friend to say that some friends were doing a gig at our local pub. No wonder I’m tired now.

On New Year’s Day evening I went to the Cornish shout at a pub near Redruth which was terrific. Everyone seemed to be suffering new year blues and a good sing among friends was a fantastic way to cheer ourselves up. Since then I’ve met several other friends, all feeling down. There can be so much pressure at this time of year to be having an amazing time – or think that everyone else is having an amazing time – when many people aren’t.

But I hope 2012 brings all my friends – cyber and real – happiness, love, peace, fun, productivity/creativity and good health. And whatever else you may desire.

24 comments:

Akelamalu said...

I'm so pleased to hear you had a good Christmas.

Wishing you a Very Happy & Healthy New Year m'deario. x

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Ak - and the same to you!x

Chris Stovell said...

Here's wishing you a very happy 2012 too. Glad Christmas wasn't as bad as you feared. I do love that picture of Mollie!

Sally said...

It seems that the Shout was much needed by a number of us! I hope that 2012 brings you all you wish for too, lots of love for happy days
Sally
xx

Flowerpot said...

Sally - and to you too. I know it's a worrying time for you. Hugs xxx

Flowerpot said...

Chris - you can tell Molls had a good time! All the best for 2012 to you too x

Ellee Seymour said...

To dear Flowerpot, here's wishing you a very happy and healthy new year, and great success with your publication, with more to follow. x

Flowerpot said...

Dear Ellee thanks so much. I wish you all the best for the new year as well!

Shirley Wells said...

So pleased you had a good Christmas. That is a gorgeous photo of Mollie.

All best wishes to you for the New Year!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How I would so love to see the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition!! I'm glad that after what it took to get there, you were able to go and enjoy it! I'm also glad that you and a good holiday! Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family for 2012!!!

Debs Carr said...

I'm glad you had a good time.

Happy New Year to you.x

Melissa Marsh said...

Happy New Year to you, as well! It sounds like you had a wonderful, though exhausting, time. Here's hoping you can take a few days to recuperate. :-)

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - yes it was exhausting but great fun. Had to have a few days of quiet and early nights and enjoyed those so much I will domore and get a better balance in future. Well, that's the plan.....!

Flowerpot said...

Debs - and the very best to you, too. x

Flowerpot said...

Kim - yes the exhibition was amazing. So glad we got there. The very best to you, too.

Flowerpot said...

Shirley - I hope 2012 brings you the very best, as well.

Mother Lover Breadwinner said...

Happy New Year to you. Hope 2012 brings all that you want xx

Flowerpot said...

MLB - and the same to you xx

ADDY said...

Happy New Year to you too. I am so glad it was not as bad as you feared. Molls looks as if she is having a great (messy) time. I am so jealous about Leonardo da Vinci. We live just down the road and yet couldn't get tickets! We were too late.

Flowerpot said...

Addy - we had to book tickets in October I think or November and very glad we did!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

This sounds so positive - glad you had a great time. All the very best for 2012.

CJ x

Flowerpot said...

CJ - and the same to you!

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic holiday season. Happy 2012! Here's to a great year ahead.

Flowerpot said...

And the same to you, Talli!