Year’s End


It’s been a funny old year, and not one I’d care to repeat. 2016 has neither been the year I predicted nor planned; nor, I doubt, has it been for many of us. Let’s just describe it as ‘interesting’. Happily we won’t have to live through 2016 again, but one wonders what 2017 has in store. Brexit, Trump and Putin won’t be going anywhere in a hurry, that’s for sure. Thank goodness we can lose ourselves in our gardens, where such ridiculousness has little relevance. My aim is to take things a little more slowly from now on, do things a little more cheaply and have a lot more fun. We both need to spend more time with friends and family, take more exercise, drink less and better wine, read books, get out more …. there’s plenty of ambition there. Time will tell if we achieve any or all of those resolutions. The garden opening, building project and day job have presented enjoyable challenges, but perhaps doing all of them in one year wasn’t the brightest idea.


Correa 'Marian's Marvel', The Watch House, December 2016
Christmas Cracker: Correa ‘Marian’s Marvel’


Today, New Year’s Eve, is a momentous day. Momentous because we will be hosting our first party in the ‘new’ house (a kind of house-warming and New Year celebration combined); taking delivery of new beds and therefore using some of our rooms for the first time. There will be children, friends, laughter, music and champagne …. perhaps even dancing. What more can one ask for at the year’s end?

Wherever you are, however you are celebrating (or not), I bid you a very Happy New Year and everything you wish for in 2017. TFG.


Pure and simple, Helleborus niger
Pure and simple: Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose

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22 thoughts on “Year’s End

  1. Happy new Year my lovely English friends….one hour till NY here…..yes so looking forward 2017 and Chelsea!!! Bubbles and hugs for the NY 😘😘😘😘


      1. I managed to stay up until 2.30am (the last 30 minutes of which was clearing up), which isn’t too bad. Every year I seem to crash half an hours earlier, so by the time I am 50 I will be in bed before Big Ben chimes midnight 😉


  2. Happy New Year to you, I too had taken on too much building work and business commitments in 2016, so I’m all for a quieter, reflective 2017. On a very exciting note though, I have a newly acquired a jungle of a garden to tackle in St Ives, untouched for at least 10 years and overgrown like the Secret Garden – so I can’t wait to see what shoots push through come Spring, and will continue to follow your ace blog for inspiration. Thank you for brightening our weeks with your posts X

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  3. Mr TT and I would prefer not to see a repeat of 2016 though accept that 2017 might be interesting. Hope your party went with a swing and all good wishes for a Happy New Year.

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