Monthly Archives: December 2013

All you need…

Is love and the beach! And today, I am inclined to agree, the sea in the distance is blue, the sky also clear and blue. Love and the beach, a perfect combination!

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All you need…

Is love and the beach! And today, I am inclined to agree, the sea in the distance is blue, the sky also clear and blue. Love and the beach, a perfect combination!

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A heart to heart…

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A week has gone by…so much for my daily advent calendar! Life has taken over – children’s school ending celebrations and events, Christmas functions, preparations and festivities, family gathering’s and children’s parties have caused me to push my blogging aside this last week.

My intention to do a daily blog was most honourable…but it dawned on me that I live a full life – full of family, friends and festivities. So, no apologies…just acceptance. I accept that my daily post for my alphabet advent calendar has not quite managed to work in reality. I quietly smile though, as the reason for my “failure” is my wonderful, crazy-busy, full life and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So…today is 17 December, and today’s advent alphabet letter is the letter Q. A glass heart on the Christmas Tree…Quite spectacular. A gift from a friend. Quite special.


Joy at Christmas

Joy

A tiny glass bottle and a small dark red rose picked from my garden…this gives me Joy.

I guess J could be for jelly or jandals (here in New Zealand) but this little moment of Joy was when I noticed how pretty they looked in the sunlight and how lovely it smelled and chose to take a photo and share it. J for having little moments of Joy in life.


Icing and Christmas Icons

Icons and icing

The christmas cookies need Icing. These are, in fact, the first run, and will be well eaten by Christmas. But they need Icing first.

The cookie cutter shapes – a star, a heart and an angel – the very symbols (Icon’s) of Christmas.

I for Icing the cookies at Christmas.


Home…

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H is for being Home for Christmas.

I saw them putting up the lights today for the start of this year’s festival of lights, and it reminded me how Happy I was the night I took this image, wandering around the park with excited children.

This is my Home..a small sea-side city with a pretty park decked out in twinkling lights and full of music and people every Christmas.

Home really is where your Heart is.


Give

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To Give.

The act of giving is a way we show gratitude, a way we give thanks, give recognition to others and show appreciation. A gift given with love, thought and consideration will always win hearts and hugs. A gift is different from a present, (which I tend to think of as wrapped and more of an object). A gift can be an act of kindness, a token of love, a little note, a poem, a bag of home-made cookies or shelter when the inn is full..

Be a Giver. It enriches your life in ways you cannot begin to understand.


F for Family and Friends

f for family and friends

Family and friends…what could be more important at Christmas?

Christmas is a time to really recognise and appreciate those people close to you, those people you hold in your heart, those near and far who you think of often, those who make your heart smile and those who make you know you belong.

Family and Friends for the letter F of this year’s Advent Alphabet.


Thank you!!!

Thank you, thank you! I have just reached over 10,000 views of my blog!
10,056 to be exact! Thank you fellow bloggers/readers and supporters of my blog about art, photography and my musings on creative inspiration, life, art and the messy bits in between. I really do appreciate your support!

You made my day. It’s not about the number, but it does seem like a milestone and worthy of recognition. It’s real people like you that made it so and keep me blogging when I wonder why I am sometimes…

Heartfelt thanks from me to you,

Angela


The End…

end

The End of the year.

December already….for me that also means time to reflect on the year past, its good and bad experiences, the moments and highlights, the joys and yes, the painful and sad parts, even the regrets. The things I hoped to do but didn’t, the lessons learnt. It is also a time to look forward, toward the next year, and onto the next journey. Who knows what the next year will hold – What dreams may come true, or what opportunities may arise?

The End of the year. Today’s letter E. But with an end comes a new year. A new road to travel. Some lead to a beach, like this one.


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