Wishing you a Merry Little Christmas...from Australia

My dear friends

This Christmas Eve, I am typing by an open window with a view to the sea in Sydney, Australia. We have come to familiar stomping grounds to gather with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
It is that time of year, when I reminisce of the early days of this blog and it's reason for being. In December 2009, we moved from New Zealand to England. I thought it would be a good time to write about our life and travels. I never thought this blog would see the light of 2013...but I am still here and you are too. I am so very grateful for the occasions where you have stopped in to say hello. I sincerely look forward to chatting along with you in 2014. We have many roads to travel...I can't wait!

With that, from my corner of the world to yours, I send you warm wishes for a wonderful holiday and the happiest of New Year's...may it be filled with joy, love and laughter...the kind that warms your heart.

Jeanne xx

A few parting pics and thoughts from 
 Whale Beach...Sydney, Australia

" We show up..

burn brightly...

live passionately...

hold nothing back...

and when the moment is over...

when our work is done...

we step back..

 and let go."

Knowing the holidays can be equally wonderful and hectic,
I hope you find time to step back and let go…soon! ;)

Words by Rolf Gates
discovered through Katrina Kenison
Photos by me..while
 stepping back and letting go


  1. Welcome home and merry Xmas xxx Julie

  2. Hi Jeanne .... enjoy the merriest of holidays with your family ... best wishes for the New Year

    Karen in VA

  3. Jeanne dear, how lovely you are in beautiful OZ for the holidays - love the pics. Here in North Carolina we've had a few days with unusually hot temps., then rain, now this Christmas Eve morn brilliant sunshine and cooler temps. Tonight a dusting of snow WOULD be fabulous but it's doubtful.

    Enjoy each moment with your family and friends. Like you, I plan to step back and let go on Boxing Day....won't have time until then when all the entertaining, baking, roasting etc. is done...........I admit I am looking forward to a bit of a rest!

    Blessings at Christmas. Look forward to keeping in touch during 2014, always love your posts and am grateful for our blogging friendship.
    Hugs - Mary

  4. Dear Jeanne

    It is so good to see you having "a whale of a time" at Whale Beach. It looks like an idyllic place to file away memories that will be withdrawn and re-lived in years to come.

    Good health, happiness and cheer in 2014

    Helen xx

  5. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Jeanne and your family!

  6. Merry Christmas, Jeanne! Wishing you a warm and cozy holiday with your family!
    xx Sunday

  7. So beautiful and so very you!

    Dear Jeanne, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a 2014 full of discoveries, health, peace and prosperity.
    Sending All my Best from Provence,

  8. Seasons Greetings.
    Enjoy all the fun and festivities Jeanne.

  9. MERRY CHRISTMAS……or HAPPY CHRISTMAS as they say down there!ENJOY the family!I know you will………and you must let me know if Mr.H.got you your new and improved laptop!
    I wonder do you know CARLA is there too right now?Maybe you can do a SHOOT on the beach???Wouldn't that be GORGEOUS!Or at least have a coffee and "PLAN" the event!
    You are a VERY lucky lady……….I hope you know that.MERRY CHRISTMAS from me to all of YOU!XXX

  10. Glad you are all together - and being in a warm place is a bonus!

  11. Wishing you a beautiful holiday, Jeanne.
    Much love,

  12. Enjoy it. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

  13. Merry Christmas Jeanne. Whale Beach certainly is a beautiful place to spend Christmas. I live up the coast about 1 hour north of there.

  14. Merry Christmas Jeanne. Whale Beach is a very beautiful place to spend Christmas. Sorry we didn't put on a very sunny day for you yesterday. I live up the coast about 1 hour north of Sydney

  15. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
    xx Sunday

  16. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too Jeanne! Hx

  17. "when the moment is over..."
    is not really frightening but joyful.

    Beautiful composition.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Jeanne and Mr. H. and your family.

  18. Beautiful Jeanne! Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!

  19. Hope you are having very, very, happy holidays.


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