Tuesday View (31st December) and a Happy New Year!

Alfred Tennyson’s famous words:

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow…”

What snow?! I think I need to change that line to “green, green grass”!

Here’s the view today, as the light faded at around 3.30pm (compare with the next photo, taken last summer!)



And my message for 2014…

Embrace the new year with upturned eyes and an open heart


Look forward, stride forward, over new ground


Leaving footprints behind you as you step into the unknown


It’s time once again for me to thank you all for a great blogging year.

Thank you for being there, for liking and commenting on my posts, for your loyalty and support, and for putting out such inspiring, interesting and positive posts yourselves. All this means an AWFUL lot to me!

So now I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year, full of joy and harmony, kindness and laughter, and good food and flowers! I hope it brings with it all you could wish for.

Talking of wishes, here are a few things I’m hoping for this coming year….

A sudden exodus of slugs and snails to the woods beyond the garden

Success with my poppy seeds

That our resident mole does not bring his family with him to settle down for good

A glimpse of a rare butterfly

To smell the elusive scent of Hepaticas in the woods this spring

Time for the hammock (and no mosquitoes!)

Plenty of sunshine



What are your hopes for 2014?


Happy New Year!


63 thoughts on “Tuesday View (31st December) and a Happy New Year!

    • Today was so dreary I waited as long as I could to take the photo in case the sun appeared… the contrast is even greater though. I can’t quite believe it’s the same spot! πŸ˜‰ Have a great 2014 Susie!

  1. What a lovely message for the new year, Cathy. I find it very inspiring. And in particular I hope you catch a glimpse of that rare butterfly. What a joy that would be. I really hope to enjoy my garden more this year. You really have promoted some of that. I’m thinking more about fragrance! Blessings to you in 2014!! ox

    • Thank you Debra. I do appreciate your thoughtful comments and am so glad we have met! I wish you lots of luck and enjoyment in your garden this year. πŸ˜€

  2. The best for the New Year to you and yours and that garden we have learned to love also! Perhaps a ring of small dishes filled with beer outside the perimeter of the main beds would kind’of decimate the snail and slug population πŸ™‚ ? [Hmm, it IS still snowing on your blog πŸ˜€ !!!]

    • Thanks Eha! We have literally hundreds of snails when it’s damp – they all come out of the woods next to my garden. I think the beer might just tempt them to invite their friends and cousins and have a party in my flower beds! πŸ˜‰ Have a great year Eha!

  3. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your beloved ones, Cathy!
    I love your inspiring message for 2014 – seems to me like poetry!
    My hopes for the new year are especially health for my family and me, to spend more time with my husband, a sunny garden year with much time to enjoy scents and colours, time to see and enjoy the little beautiful things of life and … that the moles or voles having already settled may leave our garden and … that the missing swallowtail may return…
    Hugs to you, dear Cathy, from Elisabeth!

    • Now that is what I call positive thinking! Thanks Marie – pink is apparently the colour for 2014, so let’s think pink. Just the thought of warm sunshine will keep us going till spring!

  4. Dear Cathy, I’ve very much enjoyed following your blog as it’s so thoughtful and beautiful. May 2014 be a wonderful year for you – keep your ability to see, hear and feel and before you know it your garden will look again as green and colourful as on your 2nd picture. Best wishes πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Annette. Yes, spring will be here before we know it and whether we can believe it or not everything will flourish again! πŸ˜€

    • Oh wouldn’t that be funny…lovely image! Maybe I should put the beer traps that Eha suggested up in the woods to entice them all away! Happy New Year Sarah!

    • Thanks Andrea. We had the heat for the hammocks last summer, but so many midges in the shade after a wet May and June – it was impossible to relax!

  5. It is the light rather than the heat that makes all the difference isn’t it? Thank YOU for reading and commenting on my blog throughout the year and for sharing your life with us. I too appreciate it more than I can say; maybe because we are two brits living abroad? Have a great 2014 with love, Christina

  6. Thank you for your good wishes Cathy and many more in return to you. I love the first two shots – a glimpse of what is to come, perfect for a wet grey stormy day on the south coast! And could all slugs go and live in the woods? Cx

  7. Cathy, what a lovely post! I hope your hopes come true for the new year!

    It is too bad the mole can’t find another home and just come by for visits from time to time. You never know, maybe he’ll meet a lady mole and move into her apartment. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, and to you too. The pictures of summer greenery are so heartening in the middle of a grey winter. Wish we could have just a little snow to brighten things up! πŸ˜‰

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