Great news!!!….ZNO have finally agreed to reprint all my beloved books…The Little Christmas Advent Alphabet Books…
So if you have one and are using it right now and the glue has failed or is starting to fail on it, please, please send it back to me urgently and I will send you a brand new one (with a lifetime guarantee apparently). I also
have a small number of the reprinted book available to purchase if anyone is interested…a limited edition and very lovely unique, distinctly NZ and original Christmas gift!
After getting The Little Christmas Advent Alphabet Book all finished in the nick of time and released before Christmas and also doing a stall at a Christmas fair, I was ready for a break over Christmas. (I did a few posts on Pinterest if you follow me there). But mainly I switched off and recharged my own batteries!
There have been lazy hazy days of reading and relaxing and swimming….But that was then…and this is a whole new year!
I have big ambitions for 2016 – starting with signing up for the Taranaki Arts Trail as an artist in residence) in June and also getting closer to securing a permanent venue for our art gallery/studio/shop. I am also planning another book this year and seeding an idea for an exhibition specifically inspired by my Italian trip late last year…so many ideas, so little time!
I love that a new year is a new start. A time for planning and dreaming big too! I hope you too have got some big or important or special plans for this year…
December 1…the start of my favourite time of year…Christmas. And summer!
December 1 heralds in the start of the Christmas season…with the tree being decorated, the Advent Calendar being opened, the Christmas stories coming out, the sense of anticipation starting to build…
December 1 is also, for us the real start of summer. It is the end of school and exams and the time of longer warmer days, of beaches, bbq’s and outdoor fun.
DECEMBER 1…I am so happy you have arrived.
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.
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.
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.
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.