Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Quiet Time

Quiet days between Christmas and New year.

Card games for pennies,chocolates, burning pine cones on wood fires, sugared almonds,roast chestnuts, fondue, ginger wine and visiting Narnia.

Paper lanterns in inky skies and catching up


Lingering ice

Cinema, Sherlock Holmes,orange lichen,

Thoughts and ideas for the coming New year.

Heres hoping for a peaceful and happy one for us all.
And remember to look for that little bit of magic in each and every day.

 As Mr Dahl once said...

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."



  1. Lovely wintery photos ... and what a fitting sentiment to carry forward into a bright, shiny New Year!!

    Willow xx

  2. Thankyou for yor lovley blog...its made me smile more than once !

  3. Just the year's best week!
    Lovely photograph of you my friend!

  4. Great photos as always:-)
    Have a great New Year.
    Take care,

  5. Lovely photos - like you I enjoy the last few quiet days of the year. I absolutely agree with you and Roald Dahl too. Happy New Year!

  6. What lovely photos! And such beautiful phrases and thoughts to accompany them. There is much to be said about this quiet and blissful period. Have a happy, healthy New Year celebration. Looking forward to sharing the New Year's treasures with you! :) Theresa

  7. Ah!How true!Keep finding the magic.Happy New Year!

  8. Oh what gorgeous photos! And especially nice to see you!

    We've had an excess of those paper lanterns lately. So beautiful. And looking forward to seeing Mr. Holmes (mmm!) too!

    Every warmest wish to you and yours for a wonderful New Year to come.

    C x

  9. The scenery around you is beautiful. Magical....I am hopeful that I can capture more magic this year.

    Gerushia's New Year

  10. Karen have a magical and wonderful prosperous and healthy 2010 with all your family!
    What a very pretty lady you are indeed too :)
    and your swan candle holder is the most gorgeous and elegant and beautiful little creation I have laid eyes upon!
    best wishes,
    Annette, Arabella and Wesley xxx

  11. Happy New Year! May 2010 bring you much magic!

  12. Karen...I didn't realise youlooked like that. Lovely to 'meet' you! The happiest and most magical of years to you and your family. Looking forward to many more wonderful posts...
    All the best

  13. Hi Karen
    Beautiful photo's.
    Love the new playlist and spend many an hour listening to it, we certainly have the same taste in music..... well everything really.
    I'm sorry I have not commented for a while (I tend to hibinate when life gets tough), but hopeful ly there's a bright light at the end of this long tunnel.
    Love and light to you and your family and may all yours dreams come true in 2010.
    Julie xx

  14. Karen, what a beautiful post! Wishing you and your family a magical and blessed New Year :-)

  15. lovely photos, best wishes for the new year. Joy.

  16. What fab photos. Saw the new Sherlock Holmes and was amazed it was a Guy Richie film!! I loved it, despite the few teensy mistakes.

    Love the orange lichen. Hope your new year is as lovely as you clearly are... because you're worth it!!

    That sweet photo of you...I borrow from Mr Tennyson...

    He said she hath a lovely face,
    God in his mercy lend her grace...
    The Lady of Shalott.

    Lovely smile you have. Do keep warm won't you Karen, can't have the artist sniffling while creating!

  17. My first comment, I think, but not my first visit. It is always a refreshing place to stop by, makes the time pause. The music is lovely, and the snow. Thanks--Hart

  18. Bright wishes to you and your loved ones, Karen. This is a beautiful post filled with magical images and wishes. Love the photo of you! I hope 2010 is filled with love, well-being, happiness, peace, and prosperity. xx

  19. Karen!

    The paper lanterns look awesome!

    And the orange lichen looks amazing. I'd love to see that close-up!

    Happy New Year to you!!


  20. Such lovely wintry photos - thank you Karen for your always magical blog!

    Happy New Year to you and your family and I look forward to more inspiring posts in 2010.

    Lovely photograph of you by the way - there must be something in the air as I have just posted my photo for the first time on my blog!

    Jeanne x

  21. Such a beautiful post! Wonderful way to bring in the new year..
    Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

  22. Such beautiful work and a lovely blog. Bright blessings for the future.

  23. Dreamy place you have here. Happy New Year, Kimberly

  24. Hi Karen, thanks for the lovely birthday message! I bought a frame today for the print of yours that my daughter gave me. It's going to look beautiful.xx

  25. Hi Karen, thanks for the lovely birthday message! I bought a frame today for the print of yours that my daughter gave me. It's going to look beautiful. Happy new year to you, wishing you lots of magic and inspiration.xx

  26. Happy New Year Karen!
    Great photos... I really like your fluffy green scarf, it looks lovely on you!:)
    Best wishes and a very creative 2010.

  27. Thanks for all your lovely words and New year wishes x
    I hope its a good one for us all x


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