Tuesday, 3 January 2012

...home, refreshed, and ready for the new year.



The rooftops of the farm from a high hill in one of the fields.
The obscured mountain in the background is Cadair Idris.
So, Wales was lovely. So lovely that instead of staying five days, we stayed nine. Dave's parent's farm (soon to be run as a smallholding) is lovely - amore than 200 year old house filled with interesting details and corners, heated by wood burning stoves, with wood grown and harvested from their own land. We did a small bit of helping with the harvesting. We walked and drove around North Wales, a place that seems remote but is raw and beautiful,where there are proper communities and every view is extraordinarily lovely. Like any proper holiday in the UK, we went to the beach in the tipping rain. We celebrated Christmas (I made pheasant pate for Christmas dinner starter and it all got eaten!), met new neighbours, spent time with family, ate and drank and were merry. We saw in the new year surrounded by close family and new friends. We read, we watched comedy ans soaps on TV(Dave made us watch Eastenders purely because we knew Pat was going to die), and drank copious cups of tea. It was lovely.  I had unbroken sleep every night. It was SILENT there. I had that odd sense that I never knew what time it was, because I didn't need to know - there was no schedule.

(I had intended to add some anecdotal photos here, but blogger is being silly)

I have come back feeling like I have had a proper holiday. The last time I felt that was two years ago, and it's lovely. I spent today taking down almost all of the Christmas things (except the tree), and cleaning and tidying - a New Year's clean, if a little late. I made bread, and in an effort to get back into pre-preparing work night dinners, made a pot of soup. I listened to radio 4. It is so lovely to be home. It is more lovely to finally be happy enough here to be pleased to be home.

Tomorrow I go back to work, and I can't wait to see the kids.

Last year was really difficult for us. There were times when it felt like life was at breaking point. Stuff was just too hard, there was too much. I am normally someone who pushes on through bad stuff, so admitting that says a lot about how hard.

This year has begun well - I am rested, hopeful, and ready to take on whatever is thrown at me. I love my work and my life is full of lovely things and experiences and people.  I have a wee list to work through before I hit 30, so those are my new year's intentions this year.

Happy New year everyone - I hope you are full of hope too!! I am ready to kick 2012's arse.

19 comments:

annelise said...

Sounds like it was a perfect, perfect way to spend Christmas and New Year's. It's always the simple plans, as opposed to something huge and grand, that turns out the best. You sound all refreshed and ready to take 2012 by the scruff of the neck and show it who's boss! Yeah!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow, that sounds like a lovely holiday, indeed! Dave's parents house sounds dreamy! Especially the wood-burning stove part! And the not needing to know what time it was part! I was at my brother's cabin this weekend and their place is heated by a wood-burning stove and I just love the coziness of it!

Here's hoping 2012 is a fabulous year!

Trashsparkle said...

Its great having time to step away from everything and to recharge properly isn't it. x

thebabywife said...

Happy New Year.

I'm a farmers daughter, and you don't realise the impact living in the city on you has till you go home and the world stops spinning. The countryside is so still and constant, it feels like you can actually

I hope 2012 proves to be a easier year for you

xxx

Siobhan said...

Brilliant. So glad you are rested and ready. I am all for this year being a mroe positive year after so many people found 2011 so hard.

But in 2011 you both acheived so much and set wonderful foundations for what is to come and that will be amazing :)

jules said...

yay for the holiday! And I hope you have a very happy new year! :)

Lottie said...

Happy New Year! It sounds like the perfect Christmas!

Last year wasn't the easiest for me either but after resting, and enjoyingtime just doing exactly what we wanted, I am feeling so much more positive...just like you.

Hope this year is everthing you want it to be!

Evil Pixie said...

Fantastic list! And, even better, you're well on your way to accomplishing everything! Good for you!

Happy New Year! Sending big hugs!

Lindsay Jewell said...

I really like the cyclical nature of life because it really gives the sense of starting fresh. I'm starting this round on a good note, too. Happy New Year!

amy b.s. said...

good luck with getting through your list before 30. i still need to come up with a list for this year!

Alison Cross said...

Happy New Year - it sounds like you both had a wonderful holiday and are ready to face 2012.

I drew a Tarot card for you for 2012 - 4 Wands. This indicates that you are moving from a place of restriction (but also safety and security) to a much more open, more rewarding - if slightly riskier - place.

The images is of a Celtic (druidy, not football teamy!) hut in the background (where you are moving from) with a path leading to a flower-decked bower with a little fire pit in the middle (looks like a place of celebration).

The main thing to remember is that you can go both ways down the path - so if things get a little too exciting at the flower bower, you can head back to the safety of the hut!

It's a good card. Wands are all about forward-looking energies - travel, optimism, movement, courage, the can-do attitude :-)

Ali x

KatGotTheCream said...

Sounds like the perfect break and you sound realy positive about the new year. I'm determined we will get away next Christmas for a similar experience.

Good luck with your list too xx

The Sentimental Suitcase said...

Oh Lisa-Marie I'm so happy your back and feel well. It sounds like a perfectly wonderful relaxing time!
XO
Sam
P.S. I would love to visit Wales one day.

That in black ink said...

A bit late, but happy new year. I'm glad you're starting 2012 so full of hope. It seems 2011 was awful for a good few of us - onwards and upwards, eh? Hope to see you at the next Blook club.
Claire

grace said...

uninterrupted, silent sleep sounds like heaven--i'm so jealous! glad your holiday was fun. :)

amy b.s. said...

i have always wanted to visit wales!

Zoë {Conversation Pieces} said...

Yay to kicking 2012's arse (though hopefully it will behave and you won't have to!) You know it's the sign of being somewhere lovely when you end staying for extra days... that so makes me want to go somewhere right now! Unbroken sleep sounds lovely too (we had that on the Isle of Wight... I think being in the middle of nowhere does it.)

Also... Pat died! I don't watch Eastenders but surely I should have noticed that!

Zoë {Conversation Pieces} said...

Yay to kicking 2012's arse (though hopefully it will behave and you won't have to!) You know it's the sign of being somewhere lovely when you end staying for extra days... that so makes me want to go somewhere right now! Unbroken sleep sounds lovely too (we had that on the Isle of Wight... I think being in the middle of nowhere does it.)

Also... Pat died! I don't watch Eastenders but surely I should have noticed that!

Spare Thoughts said...

2011 has been rubbish for so many of my friends I'm really hoping 2012 is much, much better.