2019: A New Year is Here

Starting the year with an explosion of colour!

The fairy on the Christmas tree spreads her magic over my home.

This charming globe and Christmas decoration
contains a personalized message:
'Joyeux Noël Maman'
(Happy Christmas Mummy)
from my daughter this year.

In the deliciously calm days after Christmas,
I love to create a corner of comfort for myself.
The Christmas garland is still on the wall,
Two beautiful cards from my children sit on the little table.
A new crochet project has been started,
that's always so exciting.
A new book and a cup of Rooibos tea!
What a perfect way to spend the first day of the new year!

A new candle, from my son, was lit for the first time on Christmas Day.
It's a warm and welcoming flickering flame which I can see from my couch.
Pretty dried flowers have been incorporated into the candle's shell which are protected
from the flame.

My December Amaryllis plant is still blooming beautifully and is giving me
so much pleasure.

I love taking macro shots of the wonderful details.

This sweet arrangement came home with me when out shopping.
I love the little clock decoration to celebrate the New Year
and the pale pink hyacinth opens a little more each day!

There have been brisk walks every day.
I captured this early sunset from the little park very near where I live.

I love this setting sun which reminds me of the return of the light
and how our days are slowly getting longer
by about a minute each day.

These beautiful bare trees, taken in my neighbourhood, charm me
with the simplicity and beauty of their shapes against a pastel sky.
I love the nest too!
I chose this photo to make for my January blog header.

A tiny crystal snowflake hanging in front of my window,
reminds me that winter is still here and perhaps we shall see some snow very soon!
The natural lighting of pale lilac tells me also that spring will come soon enough
and all the flowers are merely preparing their apparition for warmer days.

It is so easy to lose sight and forget a previous blog header,
so I would like to add the December one here
as a reminder of the days when the warming glow of candles is so welcome and nurturing!

I hope that you are enjoying this first day of the New Year!
I wish you good health and contentment and much gratitude for all those things
that we are fortunate enough to enjoy.
Simple things like a roof over our head, a comfortable bed and a heated home.


  1. Wonderful pictures and words to go with them, as always Sandra.

    I wish you a wonderful 2019 with much contentment.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. Thanks so much, Sarn, for your faithful following and be the first to leave a comment this new year!

  2. Thank you for the colours and the wishes.

  3. Looks like you're having a very lovely and cozy New Year! What a beautiful place to live and go for winter walks as well!~ Happy 2019

    1. Thanks so much, Heather! Yes, it's the cosy time of the year with frequent brisk walks every day. No snow down here so far though!

  4. You have started 2019 with such soft beauty! As always your bog reflects peace! May your New Year be filled with more beauty and peace!

    1. Thank you so much, Cathy! Winter is such a cosy time of the year!

  5. A beautiful quiet post - so perfect for the days "between the years". I love that time as well - it has been very quiet and peaceful here. I wish you a happy and healthy 2019.
    I see that you're reading "Keep the home fires burning" - how do you like it? I saw the TV series and was disappointed that they didn't get more funds to carry on. So I turned to the book and quite enjoyed it.

    1. Many thanks, Carola. Yes, beautiful quiet and calm days after Christmas and into the first week of the new year. Thank you for your wishes.
      Yes, I bought "Keep the Home Fires Burning" after the TV series was discontinued. It was easy reading and nice to know what happens afterwards! I believe there is another book by the same author called "A Woman's War".

  6. Happy new year, your photos are beautiful. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas...

    1. How nice to see you visit! As you see, I am also a big crochet fan! I enjoyed visiting your lovely crochet blog today too!

  7. What a lovely first post of this new year, Sandra! I can hardly believe the first week is over--another year speeding by way too quickly. Lovely looking corner you've set up for yourself--crocheting, reading, and sweet tokens from your family. Everything meaningful to you :)

    I am so happy with the increasingly longer days--it really lifts my spirits to have even a few moment of extra light at this time of year. Wishing you every happiness in 2019, Sandra ♥

    1. Many thanks for your visit and kind comments, Carol. Yes, we get an extra minute of daylight every day now! Winter temperatures remind us that snow is on the way and that is quite exciting and makes everything look so pretty, especially in the countryside.

  8. your Amaryllis plant is so lovely, I wouldn't mind seeing them every day.

    it's january 9 today but I still think it's a new year so, happy new year!

    have a lovely day.

    1. Thank you, Lissa. Yes, Amaryllis flowers are really beautiful. I have another one growing now too!
      Thank you for your new year's wishes! I hope that you will have a wonderful year too!

  9. Happy New Year! It looks like you are enjoying the new year. Your decorations are pretty. I absolutely love your macro shot of the flowers, gorgeous! Thank you for the reminder about being grateful, it is easy to forget how many blessings are in our life.

    1. Thank you for your New Year wishes, Michelle! We just had a light sprinkling of snow yesterday. It made everything look so pretty without creating danger on the roads which are perfectly clear.

  10. Hello Sandra, Such a lovely post and such a cozy spot for reading, crocheting and a cup of tea. Wishing you a wonderful day and continued happiness throughout the new year :)

    1. So lovely to have you visit, Connie! January is such a cosy month, isn't it?!

  11. Happy New Year, Sandra! I love seeing glimpses of how you make your house a home. Your comfort corner is wonderful, and I must make a note to buy myself an Amaryllis next year. Yours is so beautiful. We are settling in for our first snowfall of the season, which is supposed to give us six inches throughout the day tomorrow. Should make for a cozy weekend.

    1. So lovely to have you visit, Susan. Amaryllis plants are wonderful and very beautiful and their blooms last a long time, especially if we're lucky enough to have three stems on one plant! The first snowfalls are always exciting and six inches is a very good depth and hopefully not disruptive on the roads. I do love to see the snow in the countryside!