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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year


It seems an age since I last said hello and it feels really strange to be blogging again, in fact I feel quite nervous. I am planning a slow return and will probably blog once or twice a week to start with. Before I hibernated I had joined in with so many lovely weekly blog alongs, I was blogging most days and I became a little bit overwhelmed.

I have missed compiling my monthly mosaics to share with you but it will be no surprise that November and December were busy months full of crochet, knitting and of course baking, and I have really enjoyed Christmas. 

I love being surrounded by my family and spending time with my three daughters and grandchildren is so precious.  I start the celebrations off with a party on Christmas Eve, most of mine and Mr R’s family call in and it has become a tradition that we do a little bit of cocktail making – such fun and of course present exchanging. Christmas day was spent at Laura’s, where we had a sumptuous lunch. It’s the first time in quite a few years that I haven’t cooked Christmas lunch and it did feel strange but in a good way. Laura wanted me to have a more restful day which I did and it was perfect. Vicky, Mark, Alex, Finn and Daisy were also invited and of course grandma who spends Christmas with us every year. Laura had a house full but was an amazing hostess and everyone had a fabulous time. The children have been amazing, so generous and kind with each other.

Kate, Seb and Jake came home on Boxing Day and stayed for a few days which was lovely. I had open house most days as everyone wanted to catch up with them, Laura, Chris and the children visited on Boxing Day and Vicky and the children called in on the Friday.  My mum and dad also came round for a visit, so as you can see we did have a busy family time. 

New Years Eve was spent with three small boys, Zach, Finn and Noah came for a sleep over. Grandad organised lots of tournaments, football in the hall, a super hero game and then lastly Peppa Pig dominoes. We didn’t stay up until midnight as I’m afraid we were too tired and needed our energy for an early start on New Year’s Day, but what a lovely start to the year -  three special boys joining us for breakfast. 

I have lots of ideas for things to do this New Year and hope to share them with you over the coming weeks.
Before I go I thought I would include a glimpse of my festive home before my decorations come down and get packed away for another year.


 I wish you all a happy and healthy 2014

Talk soon x

49 comments:

  1. Lovely to see you back again Sue! Happy New Year to you and yours, I look forward to continuing to follow you in 2014. Glad that you had a great Christmas and New Year, hope that your hibernation helped. xx

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    1. thank you so much - I thought I might have lost all of my lovely followers x

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    2. No, you could never lose us! We hang on forever. Just kidding, I for one just knew that you would be back when you were ready, and I love your posts, so I would have waited for as long as you needed. xx

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    3. You are dear……I so enjoy the real-ness of your posts. Glad you decided to return to revisit with us. I visit just to dip into the sweet life you present and to be grateful that there are folks like you in the world.

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    4. thank you for your kind words x

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  2. Hello Sue, It's lovely to hear from you - you sound to have had a fabulous Christmas, and not too tiring.
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts as and when you can. Happy New Yer to you and your Family.

    Thank you for shring your pictures with us.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  3. Welcome back :) Lovely photos, your home looks so festive and cosy

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  4. I was honestly thinking about you today. Welcome back. I, for one have missed you. However, I am so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas.
    Gentle blogging sounds good and I wish you and your lovely family all the best for 2014 x

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  5. Hi Linda what a lovely coincidence - thank you, I hope you have a lovely 2014 x

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  6. A pretty mosaic of your festive looking home.
    Wishing you all the best for a lovely New Year! Thank you for your visit!

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  7. Welcome back, lovely to hear that you had such a fab Christmas!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Helenxx

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    1. Hi Helen thank you and a Happy New Year to you x

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  8. Hello sue and thank you for your visit to my blog, I am a gentle blogger and I think slow blogging should be applauded. if the blogging becomes too time consuming or overwhelming it is not so easy to enjoy.
    I love your mosaic (I so want to try doing a mosaic at some point with my pictures ... making mental note to myself) and your festive decorations are gorgeous.
    Happy New Year Sue and I look forward to following your craft adventures through 2014 x

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    1. Hi Linda thank you for your lovely comment and being my first new follower of 2014 x

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  9. Good to see you back Sue, Happy New Year, glad to hear you are rested up and had a wonderful Christmas
    Clare xx

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    1. thank you Clare - I hope your health improves in 2014 x

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  10. It's nice to see you back at blogging again! It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with your family, and what a treat to not have to cook the meal. Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

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    1. Thank you so much and I hope you have a lovely New Year x

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  11. It's so nice to see you, Sue. I'm glad you've been doing well and enjoying yourself. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, I was so happy to see a comment from you in my inbox because I had missed you. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your family - I'm following in your foot steps and have started packing a few things away until next year x

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  12. Your on my list so you cannot loose me! Hibernation is good for the soul and you really should enjoy your creativity not be a slave to it...I think anyway. Your festivities sound joyous and I hope the new year continues to be so for you and yours.

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    1. Thank you Susan and it does feel nice to be back- happy 2014 x

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  13. Welcome back , your festive home looks so pretty and it sounds like a good time was had by all. Happy new year.

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    1. Thank you Jay and a Happy New Year to you and your family x

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  14. Happy New Year! Your house looks so cheerful and festive. Looking forward to seeing your projects in 2014.

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    1. Thank you - wishing you a happy 2014 x

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  15. I'm glad you're back with renewed enthusiasm for the year ahead Sue. Your home looks so cosy and I've loved hearing about the family time you had over the festive period. Sending my best to you for 2014 x

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  16. Happy New Year Sue! Good to see you back on the blog, but no worries - it's meant to be fun and if it stops feeling it or feels like a pressure then a break is a good idea. Xx

    Rachell - the Little Room of

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  17. Don't be nervous Sue, we love that you are back. Happy New Year!
    Meredith

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    1. you are very kind Meredith - happy 2014 x

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  18. Love your mosaic of Christmassy things, so pretty. Good for you for taking a blog break - always good to do from time to time. Happy 2014. :)

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  19. Lovely to see you here again Sue. Love your pretty Christmas collage! It sounds like a very busy and happy time for you, and good that you took a blog break to enjoy it all. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.
    Helen xx

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  20. Missed you Sue. Your mosaic is lovely. Glad you have had a special time with your family. Jo x

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    1. Thank you Jo - your wedding sounded amazing, so clever x

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  21. Welcome back, Sue! I also just had a little break from blogland ;-). Wishing you a wonderful happy and healthy new year, full of luck, fun and creativity!!
    Nata .xxx

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    1. thank you Nata I hope you enjoyed your break too x

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  22. What a lovely mosaic. I'm happy to have found your blog, and thank you for your comment on mine. It sounds as if you had a wonderful Christmas. Wishing you and yours every happiness for 2014.

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    1. thank you - it's lovely to have new bloggers drop by x

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  23. Happy new year Sue! What a pretty festive collage. It is lovely to have you back.
    Marianne x

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    1. happy 2014 Marianne - thank you it's nice to be back x

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  24. Lovely to see you back and blogging. Your festive home looks amazing, so many beautiful decorations. Look forward to reading your posts this year.
    Brightest Blessings for 2014. Tracy

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