Sunday, January 2, 2011

celebrating a new year

The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.
~Hartley Coleridge


with old quilts and candlelight


and stars lighting the darkness


with the glow of fellowship and laughter



with good food and merry games


and fairy lights and sparklers.


a little late for this post,
but in my world, where chronic illness
often dictates quiet and solitary endeavors,
a gathering of friends is worth noting,
and giving thanks for.

may the thorns of the old year give way to bright berries of joy for us all...

25 comments:

S. Etole said...

How very true ...

I hope 2011 will bring peace and healing to you.

joanny said...

A beautiful post, and 'Perfect Timing' for your words and photo's are an inspiration any time of the year for all these things you mention are always worth celebrating.

May this New Year, find you and fill you with peace, love, joy and continued creativity.

cheers,
joanny

Elisabelle said...

Happy New Year!!!!

deb said...

so beautiful.

and it is always a good time to give thanks. always.

thank you for the reminder.

Dianne said...

Happy New Year my friend... May it bring you more joy and less pain...

Debbie D. said...

Leslie, so beautiful. The pictures, the words, the celebration.

LauraX said...

Les, I'm so happy to know you were able to have enjoy a celebration!!! I wasn't sure I was going to come down from bed Friday afternoon...but I'm so glad I did! So often it is that way, convincing ourselves that it is worth the energy (or pain) to engage...sometimes it isn't an option, but when it is I pretty much always discover it was worth the risk of being exhausted the next day (or days!!!) Your photos are lovely too:)

B. Meandering said...

Beautiful, Leslie. I'm glad you could celebrate with friends and family. :)

Claudia said...

looks like you had a lovely new years celebration. this post of yours reminds me once more that we just can't take things for granted but should be thankful for the small things we tend to overlook so easily.
wishing you a blessed new year leslie

natsumi nishizumi said...

Happy New Year, Leslie. What a great celebration! The candle lights are so pretty!! Thank you for sharing!!

Kay L. Davies said...

Such beautiful, serene photos. The party at the end took me by surprise. Good for you.
Luv, K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Elizabeth said...

What a bittersweet post -- the intimations of your own suffering amidst so much beauty and light is powerful. I wish you ease and relief, the continued enjoyment for what is good --

Happy New Year to you!

emily wierenga said...

oh friend, your home is full of such gentle light. how i'd love to come and visit and share some tea. one day?

rebecca said...

my darling...you speak straight to my heart.

kiss the jOy as it flies!!!

xoxoxoxoxoox,
rebecca

Jodi said...

I think our families would get along very well. Love the pictures. Hope you're feeling better soon, friend. xo

Tracy said...

Oh, what a great way to celebrate--fire light, candles, marshmallows, quilts...mmm... Wishing you & yours all the very best of health, happiness, peace & joy in 2011, my friend. Looking forward to another year of blogging & friendship with you! ((HUGS))

Joyce said...

What a beautiful way to ring in the new year!! Wishing you my friend a brighter and happier 2011. xo

Francesca said...

So glad you were able to enjoy company, and light your new outdoor fireplace - what better occasion? Happy 2011!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Looks as if you had a fun and sparkling night! All those sweet little lights in the dark. Happy 2011!

Noelle Renee said...

Leslie,
this is a wonderful post and Just the thing, I say! A Merry Merry New Year to you my dear. Blessings, Peace and Light be on you and your house throughout the coming year.
Much Love,
Noelle

rebecca said...

oh leslie,
your visit this morning brightened my heart so!
every day is a new day....for that i am grateful,
and for you...and your understanding.
may we both find peace.
xoxoxoxoxoxox,
rebecca

Yolanda said...

May you have the best year ever.

Laura said...

I just think this is so lovely. Happy New Year...I'm a bit late too :)

deb said...

Thinking of you today, Leslie.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

hear, hear.
i'm wishing you a good new year, and courage.
x