Looking on the bright side of life

Hello! Pardon me, as I tip-toe back to my desk and dust off my keyboard – it has been much too long since I’ve written on my blog! “What happened?” you may ask. Well, it’s a long story, but ‘life’ happened. Sometimes when ‘life’ happens, some things fall to the wayside, even those things that we love to do. But alas, here I am. 🙂

What a year! I’m wondering, do I say that every year? Does it have anything to do with getting older? There is so much (*that is not nice*) going on in the world. It feels as if the full range of emotions are on a constant rotation within me. A year of rejection, hurt and pain, but also a year of love, joy and happiness. I’m choosing to focus on the later. The biggest joy for me came from the times when we met up with friends and family – in Ireland, Italy and America. Nothing is comparable to relationships that fill your soul with love. And it is always as simple as ‘breaking bread’ together with either a meal or a coffee or just spending time together. I am so thankful for the people in my life!

And through it all, I have my garden. I feel peaceful when I am in my garden. It also pushes me – to create, to evolve, to grow, to change. It is ever evolving and I need to be, too. I’m excited about the plans I have for the garden in 2023. The one thing I can say is that there will be a focus on dahlias.

I hope this new year’s eve finds you safe, well and with those you love – if not in person, then in your heart. May 2023 be everything you want it to be!

In Peace,

Garden at dusk with frost

The garden at dusk during a frosty December.

frosty garden with sunlight and blue sky

Earlier in December we had quite a few frosty days. Thankfully, the sun visited us, too! The pumpkins were eventually added to the compost heap in mid-December.

Dana with Buckbeak bluebell hen

Although I shouldn’t have favorites, this girl, named Buckbeak, is definitely the one who shows me the most love. She enjoys perching on my lap, being pet, and basically being given extra attention.

garden in December sunset

Even when it’s not possible to work in the garden, there are still many possibilities with photographing it!

Hard Frost view of the garden

We didn’t get any snow – just a very hard frost!

Thank you so much for reading my blog, and leaving your lovely comments. I appreciate your kind words and your time. I truly enjoy sharing my garden experiences, and I’m so glad you like them, too. Happy New Year! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Looking on the bright side of life

  1. Very good to hear from you again. We all have to deal with life and it does get in the way at times but that’s how it goes. Back to the garden for 2023 with best wishes for a very happy year ahead.

    • It is nice to be back, Paddy! You are so right, everyone has ‘life’ going on and their own story to tell. I’m glad I have my garden as a refuge, and look forward to spending more time in it. Thanks so much for your input throughout the year, with my many questions, and I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

    • Thank you, Jean. It is so easy to take the garden for granted. I like sitting down and writing about it as a way to remind me how much I have to be thankful for. Wishing you a Happy New Year, too!

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