Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry and Bright

"...the raisins were so plentiful and rare, the almonds so extremely white, the other spices so delicious, the candied fruits so caked and spotted with molten sugar as to make the coldest lookers-on feel faint." -- Charles Dickens

"This is  meeting time again.  Home is the magnet...All that is dear, that is lasting, renews its hold on us: we are home again..." -- Elizabeth Bowen

Wishing you, my wonderful readers, a Christmas filled with warmth, joy and love.  I hope you enjoy some delicious treats with your loved ones, and you are able to feel the warmth and the joy of this holiday season.  This Christmas marks a little over a year that I have been blogging.  Through this wonderful adventure I have made so many new friends, looked at life with a different eye, gotten into photography, come to appreciate the simple pleasures as I photograph and write about them, learned from so many of you about the things that bring you happiness, and settled down and thought more about life and, perhaps the best part, wrote about it.  Thank you for your comments and your friendship, my world has been greatly enriched!

Here are a few images that capture some of the sweet pleasures from the month of December.  I hope you are enjoying your own sweet pleasures today.

"The snow turned all to pearl, the dark trees strung with pearls, the sky beginning to flow with such a radiance as never was on land or sea.  And the stillness everywhere..."  --  Gladys Hasty Carroll

May we all find that stillness and peace within ourselves and all around us in the New Year and enjoy the luxury of reflection and sharing with others the wisdom we discover as the years go by.  Thank you for all that you have shared with me, and I look forward to another year of an exciting exchange of ideas and inspiration!

I wish you all the best in the New Year!


  1. Wishing you a most wonderful Christmas Day!
    So happy to have "met" you this year!

  2. You have such a warm and welcoming home, the holly and roses together are especially lovely!

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

  3. Everything looks fabulous! I love your beautiful cookies and the kitchen looks like a lot has been going on in there.

    I hope that you had a wonderful day, Merry Christmas one day late! Have a wonderful and happy new year!

  4. Delicious!! Hoping you and yours had a wonderful Christmas. It's been such a pleasure visiting you this year, Sunday - you have enriched my world as well!!

  5. So happy blog has been all you hoped and more. It's been a lovely creation which allows us to know and love you even more.

  6. So lovely, it makes me a little melancholy. I always feel that way at the end of the Christmas season, and never more so than when reading Dickens and looking at such lovely fruits of the season. Here's to a great 2012, and another lovely blog year. :)

  7. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. Here's wishing you a happy new year! I can't wait for all your 2012 posts.

  8. Happy New Year! I'm thankful to have found your blog (and please, please... continue to write in the new year )- your posts are not only a joy to read, I learn something new about the things I love with each post. Compliments on your beautiful home and kitchen!

  9. So merry and bright Sunday! I hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family and send you warmest wishes for a very Happy New Year. So glad, I met you this year...looking forward to sharing many more posts together.. :)

    Jeanne xx