Tuesday, 31 December 2013

goodbye december



And so year end.  Twelve garden moodboards.  Our garden has taken a battering from the almost relentless wind and rain.  The playhouse took flight in spectacular fashion on one particularly gusty morning, but has been rescued.  

The trees are skeletal, bare branches stripped of their leaves and bending obediently to the winds strength. The evergreen holly and ivy are virtually the only greenery in the garden.  Some of the bare tree branches are covered in beautiful mint and mustard coloured lichen.  Like little jackets providing warmth against the bitter cold.

December has been a month of two halves for me.  So busy in the run up to Christmas with fun filled festive activities, nativity plays, visiting Father Christmas, Christmas markets and visiting family and friends.  And now a time for rest.  I got a special festive treat this year.  Shingles.  Not exactly what I wanted, as you might imagine.  But we had a great Christmas despite it.  

We spent Christmas Day at home, the five of us, taking things at our own pace, our own rhythm.  It was lovely.  My in laws spent Boxing Day with us and tomorrow we are going to my parents for dinner.  

I am feeling a lot better and hope to be well mended very soon. 

Linking up as always with Karin and Asa

22 comments:

  1. Oh poor you Bee with shingles, I am really pleased to hear that you are on the mend and managed to have a festive time despite this. I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Day with your family and here's to a very happy and healthy new year xox Penny

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear you have shingles, not nice at all, I'm new to your blog but have enjoyed reading your posts so much, you have such a way with words, A Happy New Year to you, best wishes from Canada!!!

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  3. Oh no, poor thing - that's not good at all! Hope you're feeling a lot better soon. Take care of you and wishing you all that's good & happy for 2014.
    love & hugs
    xx

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  4. Shingles is definitely no fun, and I hope it is gone soon. Happy 2014 to you.

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  5. Shingles = hideous. Poor you. Glad you are looking on the bright side and I've loved your moodboards throughout the year. Wishing you a very happy 2014. X

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  6. Oh no! hope you are getting better for a creative 2014. Happy New Year Jo x

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  7. Get better soon. Look forward to catching up in 2014 x

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  8. So pleased you are feeling better in time for the new year...wishing you the bestest one ever!
    Daisy j x

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  9. Happy New Year Bee! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2014......So glad you are starting to feel better, I hope you make a very speedy recovery.....I have absolutely loved your mood boards this year, they are always a delight to see. Take Care...Mel xxx

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  10. Happy New Year Bee, and hope you're feeling more chipper soon!

    Love Claire xxx

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  11. A lovely moodboard. I do hope you are fully recovered soon, and that you have a very happy and contented 2014.

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  12. Oh dear, I hope you're feeling better soon. Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year! x

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  13. Hope you're feeling better, Bee! At least you haven't missed out on any nice, crisp December weather...
    Sounds like a nice relaxed Christmas is just what you needed.
    Hope you have a wonderful 2014.
    Sarah x

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  14. I love your mood boards you always inspire me. Hope you feel stronger and have a very happy and healthy 2014 x

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  15. Sorry to hear you have had Shingles. Not a nice thing to have at any time but especially not over the Christmas festivities. Can hardly believe it is a whole yr since we exchanged our Christmas parcels. Hope your feeling better soon. Happy New yr. hugs Mrs.A.

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  16. Christmas on your own - lucky you! Sssh, don't tell my mom but that's my plan for my family this year :-) Hope you\re feeling better. Happy New Year! x

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  17. Another beautiful mood board and a beautiful post. I hope 2014 is filled with good things for you.

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  18. Happy New Year! All the best for 2014 x

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  19. Possibly my favourite mood board yet!

    I do hope you are feeling better. And that 2014 is a fabulous year for you and yours x

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  20. Gosh, I wish you full health and all the very best for the new year! What an illness to spend the festivities with - I do hope it wasn't very serious, and that you can put it all behind you entirely very soon! (One of my art teachers had shingles once, he was off school for so long, when he came back I joked that I didn't believe his being off sick he must have been just on a long tropical holiday or something... Then he showed me his big deep scars around his waist...I still feel bad about joking like that, I didn't realize shingles can be quite serious...I hope yours was nothing like that.) Sending lots of hugs! xx

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  21. Gorgeous mood board as always. Sorry to hear you have been unwell, hope you are back to full health very soon. Wishing you a very happy 2014.
    Marianne x

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  22. I'm impressed with the colour you did find, well done! It's been lovely following the seasons through your moodboards this year, Bee. You seem to always have an abundance of colour in your garden. I'm glad to hear you are getting over shingles. Oh, and happy new year to you! xx

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