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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Happy New Year!

Today is the last day of the year - 2019 must now give way to 2020.  It seems to have gone by so fast, yet slow at the same time.  Our concept of how time passes never fails to fascinate me.

Pied Oystercatchers settle in for the evening, to await the dawn of a new day

I love this editorial about New Year Resolutions, that I found in a January 1960 issue of the magazine "Stitch" (NZ Issue - so maybe not so relevant to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere!).

A new year begins, and with it a fresh spate of resolutions.
I wonder how many of you fling off the old year, take a deep breath, 
and resolve to be better, do better, and mark out this particular year
as the one in which you will accomplish so much?
There is something exciting about a fresh start -
it has a note of optimism
and a gay disregard of past failures.
Perhaps you have noticed, too, that it is the time
when you have your brightest ideas about
re-furbishing your home and your wardrobe.
If you don't mind looking back for a moment in this first flush
of enthusiasm for a new year and new ideas,
ponder with good humour the fine starts of other years.
Generally, it was not your fault that resolutions dwindled with the weeks.
Remember that January is not merely the beginning of another twelve months,
but also the height of summer,
when your family clamours for picnics 
and lazy days on the beach in the sunshine.
The packing of a picnic lunch becomes a daily occurrence,
the garden becomes a tempting spot for siestas
that stretch into hours.
Well, the curtains do not get repaired,
the kitchen does not get painted,
those letters do not get written, but .....
you are happy!
It IS a good start to the new year, after all.


Wishing you all a very happy New Year celebration and a great year to follow,
Margaret

20 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you too, Margaret.
    The first half of the article is definitely relevant. I don't have to make any new resolutions, I just recycle my old ones. The ones I didn't manage to fulfill in the past.

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    1. That sounds like the ultimate in recycling LOL! I love it :)

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  2. Happy New Year to you too Margaret may it be filled with wonderful moments, health and happiness in abundance. x

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    1. Thank-you, and I hope your year will be just as awesome.

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  3. Happy New Year, it's that time of the year where we think and reflect, I don't do resolutions, thays for the younger of us.

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    1. I like to set an aim for each year, rather than actual resolutions. It gives me a bit of direction for the year, rather than facing all the gotta-do pressure of achieving a resolution.
      I hope 2020 will be a much better year for you Marlene. Mxx

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  4. And all the very best to you too. May 2020 bring you great happiness.

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    1. I hope 2020 brings you and Miriam much happiness as well, David.

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  5. Happy New Year! I hope it will bring you happiness and good health!
    I don't actually do resolutions, but I feel like the new year brings new opportunities. Here in Norway we leave behind a long and dark autumn. Now the light is coming back and I am full of inspiration for the days to come!

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    1. I can understand your welcoming the coming of longer days! Wishing you all the best for 2020.

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  6. Happy New Year. Wishing you health and happiness. Thanks for your great blig

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    1. Thank-you. I am so glad you enjoy my blog - I love reading yours as well. I hope the New Year will bring you lots of good things!

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  7. The same to you! May 2020 be your best year ever!

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    1. Thank-you Marie. I hope your year will be a great one too.

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  8. I actually think this is universal...even my resolve to try to do just do better is sometimes wasted thought. I know better than to make a resolution. There are two or three things that never works...if I pay to have access to videos on craft/sewing places, I don't ever have time to watch, and if I say I am going to do something, it doesn't get done.

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    1. Funny how things work like that. We used to say if we had the time to do something we never seemed to have the money, and if we had the money we never seemed to have the time. Must be life!

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  9. Oh, Happy New Year...I hope it is a good one for us all!

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    1. And a very happy 2020 to you as well Rose, along with all your family.

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