Tuesday, 31 December 2013


I'd like to wish all my friends here a very Happy and Healthy New Year. 

I've heard the word Twixmas mentioned in blogland several times lately - a word used to describe the kind of limbo we experience between Christmas and New Year. A funny time of year where you can't settle down to anything until after 1st January. My tree and decorations have been put away for another year and so I've been playing around with a new Photo Collage app on my iPad. The results of which I want to share with you now - just a few reflections of the past year.

I've just completed a ten week course on the history of The Tower of London and John took me there a few weeks ago

Another trip to London's East End - more about this later

 Some very special family moments - 
A new boat for Emma and family; My graduation; Emma's 40th; Our Sicilian holiday and our new VW Campervan

 Some of our beautiful walks in surrounding woodlands

Some good times with special family and friends -
With Emma, Harry and Leo on the London Eye; with my two sisters Barbara and Helen at my niece's wedding; old friends Peter, Barbara, Ken and Freda on a Brittany beach; two of whom are brothers Ken and Peter; me with son Jonathan celebrating my Degree at The Ivy;  with friends Ellen and Norman at Rudyard Kipling's home Batemans (a post for the New Year maybe)

And lastly - remembering my late special Uncle Jack.
(quite a dashing young fellow in his day don't you think)

I hope you all have wonderful New Year's Eve celebrations whatever your plans - as for us we've opted to spend a quiet evening at home with even more reflections and maybe a glass of something! or three....

See you next year xx


  1. I love your collages Patricia - memories of a very special year for you. Wishing you all the very best for next year.

  2. What a lovely reflection of a good year. We're staying in this evening too - and hubby is cooking dinner..yay! Wishing you a happy 2014,
    love & hugs

  3. Happy New Year to you, Patricia,
    Joy x x x

  4. Thank you for being a blogfriend and for sharing your year with us. Hope you will have a wonderful New Year's Eve and an even better 2014. Have one on me :)

  5. Very impressed with your Photo Collage app - I can see that you have had lots of fun. 2013 has been a very memorable year for you Patricia gaining your degree. Hope that 2014 is a happy and healthy one for you and all your family.

  6. Wonderful collages Patricia, wishing you and your family all the very best for 2014. xx

  7. Great collages and some lovely memories :) Happy New Year to you, I hope 2014 is great for you!

  8. Brilliant collages, Patricia, and a great summary of 2013. Your graduation photo is eerily similar to mine :-) Love the word Twixmas, and intend adding it to my vocab immediately! Wishing you good times and good health for 2014, Patricia.

  9. Great memories of 2013 Patricia.. hope you have happy New Year.. filled with more memories to cherish :o) x

  10. Lovely pictures and a lovely uncle Jack.

  11. I like your collages! You have some lovely memories of the last year. Best wishes for 2014:)

  12. I love the collages! They are a fun way to wrap up the year. Happy New Year to you, and all the best for 2014!

  13. Those collages are brilliant Patricia. Who knew you could do that with an app for the ipad? (not me, but then again, I'm not that good with technology). Hope you have a fab 2014!

  14. A lovely review of the year. I like your new look too, wishing you a good New Year.
    Sarah x

  15. Hello .. I am here ..Its next year.. Happy entrance into 2014 Patricia. May all your dreams come true ..
    is it true.-(." She walks the bloody tower"!):- How interesting those 10 weeks must have been.
    Such wonderful photos of your family and happenings in 2013.. big events.
    You should be so proud of yourself.. a degree behind your name now.
    Today for me, has passed so quickly...
    I hope to get myself going.. after the Twixmas..);-
    big hugs..val x x x x

  16. Wishing you a wonderful 2014!

  17. What a full year you've had. London is packed with so much history and the course sounds very interesting. Happy New Year. xx

  18. Patricia, I love your Photo Collage app experience. They are perfect! I see you have many friends and nice family: hubby, son, daughter and grandchildren. Happy New Year, I wish you good health and happiness!

  19. Dear Patricia, I like your new 'everything'. The new blog set-up is fresh and vibrant. You sound eager to embrace the new year.
    Lovely collages of family, friends, events and beautiful nature photos. I'm looking forward to your future posts and sorry I have not kept up-to-date with my comments. Internet connection sometimes works, but hopefully it will soon be back to normal.
    Have a wonderful year.
    Betty ox


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