Reading My Way Around the World

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Hello 2017

Happy New Year dear blogger friends ... 
We started the New Year off with sun and blue skies here after a very quiet family holiday with my mother visiting for the first time in years.  It was lovely to have her with us, recovering from a big operation and determined to be out walking and getting back to driving before her 90th birthday!

Since we left her home it's been a very slow start to the year - I feel like I need at least another week to get my mojo back, but slowly slowly we'll get there.

What a strange year 2016 has been - from my first meeting with a fellow blogger early in the year - great to meet Denise from Denise's Planet in Dublin in February - to our trips to Australia, Germany and Scotland, not to mention all the political and social turmoil around the world.
Denise and I on Grafton Street in February 

Now it's time for planning and restructuring and seeing where we go from here.
Life changes year to year; demands change; health changes; situations change and I love this time of year to refocus and take a fresh look at things.

I've never been one for making resolutions - usually I couldn't last more than a day or two - but I love new beginnings - whether that's the start of the year or the start of a month, or even the start of the week.

Blue skies at the White Beach this morning

The new crescent moon has been beautiful these nights, sitting over the mountain with the evening star looking like it's trailing the moon behind her tied by some invisible thread.  It made me think of this song from Sting with beautiful images included from the person who posted the video on You Tube.

I wish you a wonderful start to the Year and look forward to keeping in touch as we move forward into this next adventure.  Blessings to you all.


  1. Happy New Year - so glad you had your mother with you and thus were able to spend quite a lot of time with her. Sister-Moon ... was a lovely track to include -thank you ... have another good year ahead .. cheers Hilary

  2. Happy New Year!

    Your photos are lovely, I especially like the one of the shells on the beach. Gorgeous blue skies as well, though I bet it was a bit chilly.

    1. Thank you so much - yes, it was a bit chilly especially on the way back - but I love the cold clear days we've been having.

  3. Oh, dear Fil, I am again so honoured to be on your review of the year! You are so lovely! I didn't expect that, and now I feel a bit ashamed, because I didn't post our picture to my post on the 1st of January :( I use to "reflect" through a ready questionnaire that I copied from a blogger long ago, and it didn't say "who did you know", but I should have thought of that :( Well, I can do an anniversary post about our meeting, in February :) We should meet again! (And I will look better, we will take many pictures to choose :) It is impressive, because it was nearly one year ago, and for me, it feels like yesterday, that we are setting a meeting and actually met. And I miss it and you very much! You gave me so amazing tips on life in general, and dealing with things alone is no good, like now :) Anyway, beginning of the year, feeling a bit emotional. I hope you have a brilliant year, as brilliant as you are! And many trips and good vibes, always! So glad that your mum visited you, feels better and plans to drive again! Bless your heart, dear Fil, many hugs!

    1. Happy New Year Denise - who knows where this coming year will lead us.

  4. What lovely photos Fil, and I love that Sister Moon track. I'm with you in opening up this new year gently - no running starts for me. But I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of magic we can create and what unfolds - may 2017 bring many beautiful blessings for us all!


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