and the final word is ~ love

saying it with flowers....

This afternoon we made our way by plane from Dublin into London. My daughter Christine was sitting by the window and I was seated next to her. Our gaze was focused on the same thing, the view outside our window. Cool grey skies greeted us with green fields no longer covered in snow but with the anticipation of more to come. My thoughts went to friends in Australia and New Zealand who were beckoning in the New Year at about that time. I was thinking of past New Year's with warmth, sunshine, sand between my toes, night skies filled with twinkling stars and fireworks over Auckland and Sydney. At that point, Christine turned to me and said ' don't you just love England when it looks like this? Can we sit by the fire tonight and finish the last episodes of the BBC series Cranford ?" All I could do was smile....I was thousands of miles away basking in sunshine and in a moment was transported back to the here and now. I was taken by surprise.  It was a lingering and thoughtful comment which made me think and agree..yes, rain, snow or is a pleasure to be in England. I have had my family together for the holidays and one by one they depart. We spread ourselves around the globe once again but I know one thing will remain On this New Year's Eve 2010, we made our way home, lit the candles, cranked up the fire, grabbed our favourite blankets and settled in for the conclusion of the BBC series of Cranford.  Dame Judy Dench plays the lovable Miss Maddy. Her closing words were about love and how lucky we are to have it in our lives.

The final word is love and that is what I wish to you all in the New Year. May each of you be blessed with love in your lives and may it bring you comfort and joy. From Australia to New Zealand to America to England and to those of you tucked away here and there around the globe, I say thank you for following my words about life over the past year and to those who have recently joined me, I welcome you and thank you for joining this wonderful group of women who make blogging an absolute pleasure.  Best wishes to one and all in the new year, may it be filled with love :)

Jeanne xxx  


To those of you unfamiliar with Cranford
here is a sneak peek into a wonderful, 
heart~warming mini-series, available on DVD.



  1. Blogger needs to have a LIKE button Jeanne!
    Happy New Year to you and lucky are you to be together. Blessings

  2. Jeanne... your blog has been an absolute pleasure to visit. I wish you nothing but wonderful, amazing, fantastical moments for yourself and your family in 2011!

    All the best to you!

  3. To my dear blogging friend, thank you for all your sweet and kind words over 2010. Here's to hoping your New Year is full of joy! xoxo

  4. Happy New Year Jeanne
    Wishing you and yours the best for 2011!! Love and happiness!! xxx Julie

  5. Glad you've had a good Christmas filled with family. I know you will have a wonderful 2011, and will keep us entertained by blog.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Oh, Jeanne, my gorgeous Fairy Blogmother, my life is so much the richer for having met you in Blogland in 2010. I am counting my blessings. Enjoy these last precious days with your cherished ones. J x

  7. Very sweet post! Wishing you all the same in 2011!


  8. Beautiful Jeanne! I hope 2011 is filled with love and all good things for you and your family!

  9. I'm so thrilled to find your wonderful blog - enjoy your time with family - it's indeed a treasure!! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and I look forward to following you in 2011!!

  10. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2011 too. Looking forward to reading more from you this year. Happy 2011.

  11. Thanks for sharing that moment. My family's far away (in another continent) so I rarely see them for the holidays. How nice that you can spend them with your loved ones. England is truly beautiful this time of the year. Enjoy!

  12. Sweet post:-) Happy New Year to you and your family, Jeanne.

  13. Happy New Year to you and your lovely ones Jeanne. Thank you so much for your gentle kindness and comments throughout 2010. May 2011 be filled with much happiness and joy for you and your family. Meredy xo.

  14. Happy New Year Jeanne to you and your family and thank you for your lovely words throughout the year - I look forward to many more!

  15. Thank you Jeanne for this gentle, warm post. Thank you for all the great posts you have shared with us this year, and for being such a good blogging friend.
    I wish you and your family, wherever they may be, peace and joy for the year to come.

  16. Jeanne you inspire me all year long! All the Best!

    Happy New Years!

    Art by Karena

  17. This was a beautiful post Jeanne!! There have been many times I have been deep in thought too, only to be brought back to the appreciation of my own life as it is. It has been a pleasure to get to know you this year through your blog...I think we could be real life friends as I read many things I think we have in common. You seem a person of integrity, a good mother, a lady of taste and style that I admire.
    Hope you had a wonderful time in Dublin and hope to see some pics from there.
    Happy 2011, Jeanne...hope it's a wonderful year for you!!!

  18. Jeanne...know that you make a difference in many of our lives. Thanks!!!

  19. Love your blog and the pictures, Jeanne. And I can only echo what everyone else has said. Happy New Year to you and your family. x

  20. Dear Jeanne,

    It is umbeliveable how people so far apart, that have never met can have the same kind of feelings... I feel what you feel, I also leave farway from my family and it brakes my heart...I made a lot of post recently about family... too bad it is portuguese, I guess my emotions speak lauder in my own language.

    I wish you all the love from 2011, from far place to nearest ones.


  21. Dear Jeanne,
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011, filled with love, happiness and joy ....and, here's to lots more blogging friendship !!
    Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments and support in 2010.
    Lots of love. XXXX

  22. Happy New Year to you Jeanne. As a new follower of your blog and a new blogger myself it is a pleasure to spend time reading your blog. All the best to you and to yours in the coming year. Carole

  23. YOu are so right Jeanne. This is the thought I have kept in my mind too. Even though I am far away from my daughter love binds us together and I will see her soon. Happy New Year to you and all the best for 2011. So pleased you are enjoying your life living in England too. x

  24. O, I'm totally familiar with Cranford and adore it! Tonight my hubby and I watched Howard's End for another kind of, love, love England and its literatures.

    Happy 2011 to you, dear Jeanne...and thanks for all the good wishes! Glad you're back in London.

  25. Loving your blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and visions. /Taru

  26. I wish that for your family, as well, Jeanne. Without the love of our family and friends life certainly wouldn't be the pleasure it is.
    You are a fantastic, inspiring woman. I, for one, feel so lucky to have you as a virtual friend. Love and hugs to you.


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