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Monday, 30 December 2013

Happy New Year

 Andre Rieu and bagpipes - Auld Lang Syne

The last of the season

An evening at Butchart Gardens and wonderland of lights ( The 12 Days Of Christmas)

This has become a season tradition and we've gone with family and/or friends before or after Christmas . It's one of the most beautiful gardens in the world and pure magic at Christmas.

It's a fond farewell to a most amazing year. We took an amazing trip to our roots and visited cousins and friends, - and my more ethereal photo greeting cards began to sell. There have been changes in our families, challenges and heartaches, yet we prevail.
What can I aim for in the new year? more mindfulness, letting go of expectations, better relationships and my biggie  of less procrastination.  The list is long and as my Zen habits prompts, maybe one challenge a month might be more easily doable.
Namu myoho renge kyo -and just breathe!!

Blessings to all and happy Hogmanay to my Scots cousins. Bhliain nua sásta  to our Ireland and Bliadhna Mhath Ùr  to the wild highland hearts. 
Buon Capodanno a Caterina e Roberto e tutti in bella Italia and ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος  to my Nick!!

 the sunken garden

Jewelled tree

the tunnel in the slumbering rose garden

gate to the Italian Garden

the snail garden

The night garden- the opening looks onto the lagoon where you get a glimpse here of the 5 Golden Rings

                                                        one of the nine lords(frogs) a leaping

outdoor ice skating with hundreds of kids

some wild highland hearts and one Irish hooligan send us a greeting

Tamra calls these "the creepy puppets"


  1. For a while I've wanted to visit the gardens in the springtime, but now I think perhaps I'll visit it twice. Wow! What beautiful photos, and I'm more glad that you had a beautiful time as well.

  2. yes, everyone should see the 12 Days of Christmas there. It's another world, full of light and the fanciful. Pure magic.