Saturday 1 January 2011


I don't think I've ever been more relieved to leave December behind and turn the page to the New Year. I'm in need of something shiny and new to grab my attention. I'm tired of my own company (but not Walter's!) and the four walls of my little house. I'm still feeling a touch unwell - tired and a little light-headed, but heaps better overall.

Today I had my first 'proper' walk in what seemed like ages. Walter and I headed to the woods - I shuffled along, and he went a little nutty, loving the freedom and space to run around madly chasing sticks and then cooling off in the river.

Back home I sat down with my new diary and a mug of Green and Blacks, and started dreaming about the twelve months ahead. How I love the potential a new year brings, a blank canvas. Bring it on, I say!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative year ahead. As Goethe said:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.
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Thank you so much for all the emails and comments I've received in the last ten days. Each and every one has made me smile. I've had very little computer time, but hope to catch up in the next few days!


dottycookie said...

I'm glad you're on the mend. I am very glad to see the back of December too!

Happy New Year!

Oh blimey, I still haven't sent you my address ...

Simone said...

I am so glad you are getting better. Happy New Year Diana. x

harmony and rosie said...

Happy New Year you two, I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend at last. Hope Christmas wasn't that dire for you in the end.

Much love, Kate xx

sweetmyrtle said...

Hi Diana,
Glad to hear you are feeling much better, how rotten to feel so ill over the festive period.
wishing you a wonderful and happy 2011 ~ shiny & new. definately feels great to have a blank canvas
much love Ginny x

Clare said...

Glad to hear you are feeling a little better... I seem to have come down with a chesty cough/sniffle now :(
Happy New Year to you and Walter!
Take Care

lovethosecupcakes said...

Wishing you and Walter all the best for 2011.

Diane said...

Glad you arfe feeling better Diana. My plans for long long words were thwarted by me getting out of breath because of the lurgy. Happy New Year. xxx

Frances said...

I so like what you've quoted about "beginning it." Yes, every day creates possibilities, not just January 1, but ... it's a great place to start.

Happy New Year!

Marigold Jam said...

So glad you are feeling better and with such a positive attitude towards the new year. Hope it will bring good health and much happiness to you.


The Curious Cat said...

ooo i like that quote...ALOT. Happy New Year sweetie! Sorry to hear last month was tough...going to catch up a bit with you

driftwood said...

wishing you a healthy and happy new year full of promise xxx

Lyn said...

Glad you are feeling better, sorry I have not been around blogland recently so didn't know you were poorly. Still A Shiny New Year to look forward to, all fesh and untouched and just waiting with possibilities!

kristina said...

Oh I'm so glad you're on the mend and hoping you'll be 100% very soon. I think the mug of Green & Black's should definitely help! Happy New Year!

K x

Reading Tea Leaves said...

So glad you are feeling better Diana. I so agree with what you say - new year - blank canvas - and the possibilities are endless!

However, I do have diary envy now:-)

Happy New year to you and Walter!


Griffin said...

Glad you're a lot better, the walk may have done you good too. That is a lovely looking diary too. I hope your new year is happier and healthier. Do take care,

The Griffin xx

Louise said...

I hope the New Year brings you every happiness Diana. I'll be pleased to see the back of December too! x

Petit Filoux said...

Happy new year! That is a lovely photo you put there, very calm, poised, full of anticipation...